Getty ImagesAlexander Semin may be one of the biggest free agents available this summer. Enigmatic, no heart, lazy, enigmatic again … but he's also in the prime of his career. Maybe he needs a change in scenery to show his true potential. Or maybe that change comes along with a new Washington Capitals coach who will be able to manage his talent.
On Monday, Semin's agent Mark Gandler told ESPN the forward and the Capitals will part ways. At the time the comments were published, Semin was on a Lufthansa flight to Sweden to join the Russian national team participating in the IIHF Worlds Championships. (Semin and Alex Ovechkin are set to play on the same line with Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk).
But after Semin landed, most of the questions he got from the media were not about the national team, but about his future with Washington. It seemed that Semin was taken aback and was surprised by the questions and only after being told that the report came from his own agent Semin said, via Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov (@plysenkov):
"This is all just talk. Words can get twisted. There was no talk at all that I am not going to sign with the Capitals for sure. I have not talked to them [the Capitals] about leaving. And please don't ask me questions about the next season anymore."
I was told the decision by Semin and his agent, made well before the playoffs, wasn't necessarily to test the free agency, but rather to take his time to see how the negotiations between the League and the union go regarding the new CBA. There's always a concern players will agree to another considerable rollback in salaries. Moreover, with the recent changes in Washington with Coach Dale Hunter's departure, it's also wise to wait and see who will be named the head coach of the underachieving team. Or maybe even a new general manager.Read More »from Alex Semin denies he’s done with Capitals; Ovechkin talks ice time in Washington