Alexander Semin’s value isn’t being measure correctly, pondering Dean Lombardi’s plans for the Kings, Shea Weber offer sheet could flirt with cap circumvention, fixing the Flames blueline, how to wreck an NHL team, and Absurd Goalie Monday.


Semin’s true value is his scoring ability, not his likability.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham on why Alexander Semin’s offensive abilities makes him more valuable than his likability. At some point this summer, a team will figure that out and sign him, though not to a long-term deal.

JEWELS FROM THE CROWN: Does Kings GM Dean Lombardi want to stand pat with his roster?  If he’s truly interested in Shane Doan as some reports suggest, no.

MCSORLEY’S STICK: There could be grounds for the league to reject Shea Weber’s offer sheet from the Flyers, though it probably won’t happen.

MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE: What can the Calgary Flames do to address their crowded blueline?

HOCKEY WILDERNESS: The Top Ten Methods to Kill an NHL Franchise. Shooting it with silver bullets isn’t among them.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with the latest in his weekly installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Bill McKenzie.