Semin

 

 

The Hurricanes have signed unrestricted free agent winger Alexander Semin to a one-year, $7 million contract. Semin was looking for big money and got it, while the ‘Canes make a low risk move to bolster their offensive attack.

 

What does this mean for Semin and Carolina?

 

Carolina gets: A mystery wrapped in an enigma. Semin is one of the most talented players in the league. I profiled him a few weeks ago, breaking down some of the myths that the hockey media has created for Semin.

 

“All that being said, Semin has the 11th highest goals-per-game average since the lockout. He has had a positive impact (on the ice, at least) on his teammates.


Even during 2011-12, a season in which Semin saw his ice time cut to 16:47 per game, and was playing with checkers instead of Washington’s top talent; he was able to generate scoring chances at a significantly greater rate than any other Capital.”


Semin will play with Staal (I know, easy thing to say, right). The Hurricanes are likely going to ice a Staal-Staal-Semin top line. They have toyed with the idea of Eric on the wing, and the combination obviously has a lot of potential.

 

The Hurricanes were below the cap floor, so this is a no risk move for them. Semin eats up space they needed to use, and they committed only one year of term to him.

After that top line, Carolina still has some interesting pieces in place:

 

Staal-Staal-Semin

Skinner-Jokinen-Ruutu

 

Or they could split the Staal brothers up:

 

Skinner-Staal-Semin

Ruutu-Staal-LaRose

Tlusty-Jokinen-Bowman

 

Lots of options for Carolina – a team that should be much improved in 2012-13. Jeremy Welsh is another player to keep an eye on.

 

Fantasy players impacted:


This move benefits Semin, of course, as he now has a team to play for (and presumably a coach who will give him more than 16 minutes of ice time per game). It also helps Carolina’s other offensive players, including the Staal brothers, Skinner, and any of the defensemen who play on PP1.

 

I think this move will have a positive trickledown effect on Carolina’s other forwards – they all slot in to positions they are better suited for.

 

Fantasy players this helps, in order:


1. Jordan Staal

2. Semin

3. Eric Staal

4. Joni Pitkanen

5. Jamie McBain

6. Welsh

 

Fantasy players this hurts, in order:


1. LaRose (likely bumps him out of the top six)


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jeffoule said:

jeffoule
... You forgot Skinner in your list. Here is where I'd put him :

Fantasy players this helps, in order:

1. Jordan Staal
2. Semin
3. Eric Staal
4. -> Skinner
5. Joni Pitkanen
6. Jamie McBain
7. Welsh
July 27, 2012
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sanstanya said:

sanstanya
... @SOLO
To be clear, I did not mean to imply credit to the Simpson's writers for the quote, but rather that in the pop-culture referencing world of hockey blogs I would damn near bet my left nut that it is an intended reference to a Simpson's quote. While that itself is a historical "flattering" of the Churchill quote, in this context it is likely in no way a direct reference to the much-less-hockey-blog quoted Winston Churchill. Astute or not. Angus' quote is word for word the Simpson's line ("a mystery, wrapped in an engima, (wrapped in a vest)"), reminiscient but obviously different from the original.

Also, enigma: do Czech players count or is that too close to Russia? I always thought Jan Bulis was enigmatic. I can think of several goalies too but seems goalies are expected to be. Bertuzzi when he was good. Most dominant platyer in the game for about 1 season...but only when he felt like it.

As for lines I also don't buy the chemistry being there for Staal-Staal Semin. I predict it evolves into 1 Staal with Semin and 1 with Skinner, as I think that will make them more damgerous as a team than being top-heavy.
July 27, 2012
Votes: +0

Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Chemistry The Staal boys are not going to want to play with Semin.
It's like parents asking their kids to bring the town wimp to the dance.

Ruutu on line 1, FTW.
July 27, 2012
Votes: +0

repenttokyo said:

repenttokyo
for Sentium huselius is an engima.
July 27, 2012
Votes: +0

5hole said:

5hole
Line Combos Semin-Staal-Staal

Skinner-Jokinen-Ruutu

Tlusty-Boychuk-Larose

I think the LW's will get switched around more than RW
July 26, 2012
Votes: +0

1_Wabbit_1 said:

1_Wabbit_1
Enigma - get over it Really ?? Massive move for Carolina and Washington, massive impact for Semin and Staal owners, and you guys are bickering over the "Enigma" quote ???
July 26, 2012
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SOLO said:

SOLO
... The enigma quote does not trace its history to a Simpsons episode. If I'm not mistaken Angus would be more astute in drawing on history quoting from Churchill who likened the Soviet Union in a 1939 radio address to an enigma, stating "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest."

The Simpsons are definitely not the root of the quote. But, yes, it is often used in reference to Russian players, often with little evidence.

Lee
July 26, 2012
Votes: +1

sanstanya said:

sanstanya
@Goalin Crazy just curious, are you hacking on that quote because you think it's weak writing by the author or because you don't get the Simpson's reference? Because as a Simpsons's reference it's pretty awesome. I mean that is just a dynamite line from a dynamite episode.
July 26, 2012
Votes: +2

sentium said:

Dakkster
... Can you please stop referring to Semin as an enigma or enigmatic? It's the most tiresome description of him ever and especially of Russian players, since they're the only ones who get called enigmatic. Start calling Marleau or Huselius enigmatic or something...
July 26, 2012
Votes: +1

Rodgort said:

Rodgort
... I think this also helps Cam Ward, as whenever I watched Carolina vs Washington games Semin would score on Ward at least once a game haha
July 26, 2012
Votes: +1

shingy said:

shingy
Ward
I'm happy for Ward. He's gonna get some much needed goal production this year.
July 26, 2012
Votes: +1

ridinryan44 said:

ridinryan44
ry g what about faulk? curious as to why it affects pitkanen and mcbain over him - do you think he's the one to take the step back in terms of ice-time on the PP?
July 26, 2012
Votes: +2

403gl said:

403gl
great Any situation where he consistently gets adequate ice time and quality linemates will improve his chances of a rebound year. Kind of wished for him to land in PIT, but playing with the Staals in Car is not a bad plan B at all.
July 26, 2012
Votes: +1
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