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Alexander Semin is unconcerned over criticism aimed at him…Leafs search for fourth line depth…Looking at where David Aebischer might fit into the Jets plans.

WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera reports Capitals winger Alexander Semin claims to be unconcerned over criticism of his performance aimed at him by former teammates Matt Bradley and David Steckel. As for his future plans, Semin – who’s on a one-year contract – said he’d like to play for the Capitals for ten more years, calling Washington his second home.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: How long Semin remains with the Capitals beyond this season – no, rumormongers, he won’t be traded this season unless the Capitals self-destruct before the February trade deadline – will depend on his performance, particularly in the playoffs, as well as his salary expectations.

NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos reports the Maple Leafs are seeking a fourth line center. “Goal-scorers or players seeking the limelight need not apply”, writes Traikos, who notes three players – Phillipe Dupuis, Darryl Boyce and Mike Zigomanis – will be battling for the role.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That kinda blows the theory of the Maple Leafs have interest in Coyotes center Kyle Turris out of the water. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Ted Wyman reported on where goalie David Aebischer might fit into the Jets plans if he has a strong camp and earns a two-way contract. He could end up playing for their AHL affiliate, but would have to pass through waivers first.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Depending on the needs of other NHL teams, it’s possible if he signs with the Jets he could get plucked off waivers, or if he fails to land a contract with the Jets, could be signed by another team.


  1. Here’s hoping Mike Zigomanis fills that 4th line role. Should have been with the team last year as a face off specialist. He has a solid work ethic and gives his all every night, but shines especially on those tough defensive zone face offs late in the game when you need a win.

  2. Mike Zigomanis did very well in the limited role and opportunity he had with the Maple Leafs last year and by all account, should have been with the team full time last year as even Don Cherry blasted management for sending him to the minors while other players who were with the big club did far less.

  3. It just amazes me how Bozak has been automatically tabled for the third line center position without so much as a “maybe” from the Leaf brass. I understand you want to try and keep Bozak’s confidence up but I would sure like to see some competition open up for that spot. Right now they are saying a third line winger position and the 4th line center position is open for competition. WTF

  4. You have to win face offs. Zigomanis was huge in the start the leafs had last year. They pulled Gunnerson out of the line up and put Lebda in and that was the start of a down fall. Don’t mess with a winning line up. Also Zigomanis got sent down, Dion and Coby got hurt and season was over. Hopefully they have the depth so if someone gets injured they won’t buckel. Bozak played well with Armstrong last year. Armsrtrong needs to stay healthy. They had a good record with him in the line up.

  5. Lyle,
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  6. Is Semin part of the Kovalev club now?

    Way I see it, he’s a perfect second line player for the caps. Why trade away something you’ll want right back?

  7. I personally don’t get Bozak, he IMO isn’t all that good and I’d like to see Cobourne and his big body competing for a spot this year. Ideally I see the Leafs Roster shaping up like this on the forward (if Lombardi starts the season injured.)

    Kessel – Connolly – Lupul
    MacArthur – Grabo – Kulie
    Kadri – Colborne – Armstrong

    Then you can have Bozak, Ziggs, Boyce, Brown, Caputi, Orr, D’Amigo, Rosehill, and Crabb all in healthy competition for the 4th line. Personally I am not even sure if Kadri should be a team lock.

    Its more fun to look at the Leafs defense though when you think that Phaneuf, Schenn, Liles, and Franson should all be assured spots and then Aulie, Blacker, Gunnerson, Komisarek, Gardiner, Holzer should all be competing for the rest of the spots. Bright side for the Leafs could be the ability to feel free to trade defenseman for forward help. Personally I’d be packaging a D-Man + Bozak or Kadri together for some forward help if a trade can be found.

  8. Hate the Laughs, but hope Zigomanis gets the 4th line role. He is great at draws, and looking at the Leafs centers, they are weak (not counting Lombardi, cause lets be honest…) before Connolly inevitably gets hurt…