Now that moving Circles to make room to lock up key players for years to come seems to becoming a reality (still have fingers crossed). And there's been no argument who we need to keep: most notably Backie and Semin. I have no argument with Backie other than just lock him up forever. But I cannot help but wonder, is Semin our future Nylander?
Hear me out here. I do not remember a furor or outcry when Nyls was signed. He was coming off great seasons with the Rangers and he was expected to do the same here with Ov. Fastforward a few years and there's not a fan that isn't willing to help him pack to get out of town.
Enter Semin. His talent is off the charts. His shot and curl and drag are insane! Everyone would hate to see him shredding defenses in someone elses sweater. Yet he has a penchant for: getting hurt, disappearing in games, and taking horrible penalties. This has been on display lately, but it's hardly a new phenomena. I love to watch the guy play, but he also frustrates me like no one else. And judging by comments on here I know I'm not alone.
If in moving Nyls to free up space to sign Backie and Semin, and assuming he gets that new deal, are we going to look back on Semin's extended and expensive contract as an albatross around our cap stretched neck?