Some food for thought on Alex Semin:
Marc Crawford called the Russian winger a “complete loser”with “no character” .
“He’ll be banished to a place like Columbus or something like that, and that’s what those guys do,” Crawford said. “They head to the island of misfit toys.”
Then Pierre McGuire took his turn criticizing Semin.
“This is not a great teammate, I’m telling you right now. Not a good guy to have around your group unless you have unbelievably strong leadership,” McGuire said. “He’s the ultimate coach killer, that’s what he is.”
Right. Because Marc Crawford and Pierre McGuire are bastions of integrity that everyone should take seriously. What Crawford and McGuire did was wrong, whether they're right or not. Neither of them have coached him or played with him. I'd also say that the Devils are one of the teams that would fit the "strong leadership" that McGuire states is needed. That sh!t won't stand in New Jersey. Not with Lou, Larry, or probably even Kovy now.
That said, I don't think we're getting him nor do I think the Devils will even put in a competitive offer. I don't think they want to spend the money unless it was on Zach. At the most, I think Lou will put in a call to his agents and see what kind of deal he's looking for.
Here's what one of his coaches and GM had to say about him:http://prohockeytalk...-misunderstood/
IMO Semin needs a change of scenery to bounce back. The Capitals dressing room has been toxic for almost two seasons regardless of record. They fixed it a bit with Hunter, but even he is gone now.