It was released today that the Carolina Hurricanes intend on buying-out Alex Semins contract. He could be an excellent addition to the Penguins Top Six and here is why.
Malkin needs a Winger! Malkin needs a Russian counterpart!
Those are two of the most spoken words by fans about Evgeni Malkin. And while he will be getting a counterpart with Sergei Plotnikov (allegedly) Alex Semin is a proven goal scorer who could fit nicely with the Penguins and at a much cheaper price to acquire him than Phil Kessel, Patrick Sharp, TJ Oshie or any other names that have floated around.
Looking at his stats above you can see he still has the ability to be productive as a top six forward. Below you will see that he has a decent impact on his linemates and plays a better defensive game than many would expect.
The question is what kind of deal will Semin accept to come tot he Penguins. I think GMJR should try $3 million a year for 3 years. That would give the Penguins enough room to sign another Top six caliber winger, some bottom six help as well as another defenseman.
This surely is an interesting development and I hope Rutherford uses it to his advantage, especially since he is the one that gave Semin his second chance in Carolina after he left Washington.
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– Robert Slavinsky