We in Washington have, understandably, a conflicted view of Alexander Semin. To be sure, we’re aware of his numerous and infuriating faults: so often, he seemed invisible; so often, he seemed capable of so much more. Yet we’ve also had the best seat in hockey to witness his extraordinary exhibitions of sublime skill: the wicked wrister that has almost no rival; that other-worldly ability to make world-class opponents look silly.
Alexander Semin this week may well learn the consequences of a decade of being brilliant but also maddening and mercurial while a Washington Capital. He’ll land a deal somewhere, eventually, but perhaps not with an elite contender. Why? This TSN free agency panel pulls no punches in sizing up how and why Semin seems to come up so small, despite possessing a toolkit few in this sport can boast.