Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/12/12

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 21: Forward Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals waits for a face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 21, 2010 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
For the past six seasons, the Washington Capitals have counted on Alexander Semin to provide most of their offense from the wing, and he has obliged with 187 goals. Now that they've cut ties with the enigmatic winger, the Caps are hoping free agent acquisition Wojtek Wolski will supply the missing offense. Ironically, Wolski has drawn less-than-flattering comparisons to Semin. Like Semin, Wolski is a first-round draft pick who came into the NHL with great promise, only to fall short of expectations in recent seasons. Semin's goal totals dropped from 40 in 2009-10 to 28 the following year and 21 last season. Wolski's goal totals dropped from a career-high of 23 in 2009-10 to 12 the following year and four last season. That's why he was willing to sign a one-year contract with the Capitals for $600,000, just $100,000 above the NHL minimum. By comparison, Wolski just completed a two-year contract worth $7.6 million. "I had one bad year, and this year was tough with the (sport...
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