Perhaps last years stats were misleading, I can't argue his +/-. But with all the baggage he brings (Caps gave up on him, teammates have called him out and TSN analysts trashing him) signing him long term (which is what he wants) for $6 million a year is a unneccesary risk. Maybe 3.5 is low balling him and unrealistic, but so is thinking that he is going to be putting up 80 points a year here.
I don't see the demand for him great enough to give him more than $6 million a year. Does he deserve more than Kovy?
He has not played here. That's one of the points everyone is trying to make to you. There is no reason to think he'd be a "cancer" here. And the fact you keep bringing up TSN slamming, which came from two dipsh!ts like Maguire and Crawford is ridiculous. Maguire is THE troll of the NHL media. Crawford can't even get an NHL coaching job anymore and is partially responsible for one of the ugliest incidents in NHL history. Its not a respected guy slamming him. Its two people that very few people like or even respect. When Semin was on the ice, the chance of scoring went wayyy up for the Caps. Hockey is more than just points. He's one of the best in the league at driving offensive play, even last year! Read up on Corsi #s and see where Semin ranks.
There is no reason to believe he can't put up 80 points here. Will he? Probably not, but 60 to 70 is not a stretch and he's better than Zach was on the PK. We're also more of a team than the Capitals were. I also find it hard to take the opinion of Matt Bradley, who was a 3rd-4th line grinder who the Caps didn't want to re-sign. Even Boudreau and Hunter have come to Semin's defense.
In the way of salary, I agree, $7M is too much for this guy, but at the same time, a short term deal is a risk worth taking. If this guy can gel with Kovy, we'd have arguably one of the most threatening scoring lines in the entire league, without Zach Parise.