I would rather have Semin than Franzen, honestly. Semin is just small and lazy. Franzen is big and lazy, which is worse. Doesn't use his size at all.
Semin hasn't played well in the playoffs, but I think him and Datsyuk would be magic. A right-handed one timer and a fellow Russian might wake Pavel up. Datsyuk and Franzen just seem to have no chemistry, which is why they've never stayed together for long.
Big and lazy is worse?? Not sure I follow your reasoning. At least when Franzen decides to play he uses his size as an asset.
And trading one lazy player for another doesn't sound like a great idea to fix this team.
Franzen does not have the shooting ability that Semin could provide... Semin has played 2nd line minutes with no one on is line in washington and still gets 30 goals... I think him and Pavs could be a great duo and, more than that, I think Babs could fix the lazyness factor since he is so young.
TO add to that, it would make our powerplay units much more dynamic because we could have a right hander on the point on BOTH units.
PP1: Zetterberg- Datsyuk- Homer
PP2: Cleary- Filpulla- Hudler
I think a trade for Semin would do wonders for the wings...
As stated above, Semin is talented but has a questionable compete level. That's the last thing this team needs.
Here's just the latest example:
Washington rallied for a 3-1 win over the Devils at Prudential Center on goals by Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera and Marcus Johansson. The Capitals also did it without the services of talented Russian winger Alexander Semin, who was benched by Boudreau for the final 24 minutes.
“I just thought a couple guys weren’t going,” Boudreau said before addressing the reason he sat Semin. “Sometimes he’s a great player and he’s a player we’re going to need tomorrow night [against the Devils again]. I just thought you take another penalty and at the same time, there were some plays where I thought he could have done a little bit more and he didn’t. Again, one of those feelings.
Edited by haroldsnepsts, 18 November 2011 - 02:01 PM.