How much is Alexander Semin worth to the Capitals? Is Milan Hejduk contemplating retirement? Does Saku Koivu hope to return with the Ducks? Read on for the latest.
WASHINGTON POST: Neil Greenberg recently examined the worth to the Washington Capitals, suggesting he could earn $6 million next season on the open market, perhaps less per seasonover a three-year deal. Greenberg notes there’s few available replacement options for Semin in this summer’s UFA market, and believes he’s worth bringing back next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Greenberg pointed out, it remains to be seen if Capitals management believes the same thing. If he were willing to accept a pay cut, perhaps they might bring him back next season. While Semin has received criticism for the decline in his performance, it should also be noted he was hampered by injuries earlier this season which he tried to play through.
DENVER POST: Mike Chambers reported Colorado Avalanche captain Milan Hejduk, the sole remaining member of their 2001 Stanley Cup championship team, is considering retirement at season’s end.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This season will mark the first time since 1998-99 (his rookie season) Hejduk won’t reach the 20-goal mark. It’s been obvious this season age has caught up with the 36-year-old, who was demoted recently to the fourth line in the Avs 1-0 loss to Vancouver.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Saku Koivu, an unrestricted free agent this summer, would like to return with the Ducks next season. While Koivu’s point totals are down this season, he’s been strong in other areas of the game. Stephens suggests if the Ducks do decide to bring Koivu back, it’ll be for less than the $2.5 million he earned this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Koivu understands if he were to return he would no longer be the Ducks second line center. If he were willing to accept, say, a one-year deal for less than $2 million, the Ducks might bring him back. Despite his age (37), Koivu would be effective for clubs seeking short-term checking line depth at center.