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.