After a decade in the Washington Capitals’ organization, Alexander Semin has had enough — he wants to be a full-time player, and he’s willing to take his services elsewhere if that’s what it takes. Semin plans to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, reports ESPN’s Craig Custance.
Semin has no intention of signing a contract extension in Washington, according to agent Mark Gandler. He averaged 16:47 on the ice this past season, his lowest clip since his rookie year, and he wants to go somewhere else where he can play a greater role — preferably in the NHL, not the KHL.
“It was good while it lasted,” Gandler said of his client’s time in the nation’s capital. “With the lack of playoff success, with the direction they are going. They decided to change directions. That’s within their rights. Alex doesn’t fit into that system obviously. It just doesn’t make any sense to him. He plays, he did the best he could under the circumstances and he earned his right to be a free agent.”
Semin had 21 goals in 77 games for the Capitals this season, including three during the Caps’ playoff run. He earned earned $6.7 million this season, and it’s unclear what kind of money he’ll command on the open market this summer.
“I don’t know what the market is going to be,” Gandler said. “I know there aren’t many players like Alex around.”