More speculation over Alexander Semin’s future, and updates on Tomas Vokoun and Mike Knuble.
YAHOO.CA/WASHINGTON TIMES: Dmitry Chesnokov and Stephen Whyno report Alexander Semin was “taken aback” when he arrived in Europe for the World Hockey Championships over comments made by his agent claiming Semin wouldn’t return with the Washington Capitals and was headed to free agency. That resulted in his agent, Marc Gandler, saying Semin wasn’t completely ruling out a return with the Capitals. Gandler also said he wouldn’t negotiate with the Capitals through the press, but said his client would seek longer than a one-year deal.
DENVER POST’s Adrian Dater doubts the Colorado Avalanche would have interest in Semin if he hits the open market on July 1.
WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera reports Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun, who missed the end of the season and post-season to injury, wasn’t planning on returning, while winger Mike Knuble said he’d like to play one more season, though was non-committal about returning with the Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Consensus among pundits and bloggers is the Capitals won’t re-sign Semin, but as Chesnokov pointed out, there will be interest in the winger around the NHL if he becomes a UFA, though he’d have to accept less salary than the $6.7 million he made this season. Chesnokov’s noted the lack of quality scoring talent in this summer’s free agent market will Semin will likely become a prized commodity. Don’t rule out an NHL general manager feeling a change of scenery is all Semin needs to regain his scoring touch.
As for Vokoun and Knuble, they’ll hit the open market, where the former could still find considerable interest from teams seeking an experienced starting goalie.