Wow... you have to admire Semin's agent. Let's look at his history:1st contract after rookie year:
4.6mil cap hit, 2 year long, Washington
08-09: 62gp / 34g / 79pts (1.27pt/g , 0.55 g/g
09-10: 73gp / 40g / 84pts (1.15 pt/g, 0.55 g/g
6mil cap hit, 1 year long, Washington
10-11: 65gp / 28g / 54pts (0.83 pt/g, 0.43 g/g
)1st UFA contract:
6.7mil cap hit, 1 year long, Washington
11-12: 77gp / 21g / 54pts (0.70 pt/g, 0.27 g/g
)2nd UFA contract:
7 mil cap hit, 1 year long, Carolina
Who wouldn't want to keep getting raises as your reward for plummeting performance? Semin's goals per game was half his established peak level two years prior and only 63% of where it was the year before.
Now top all that off with constant grumbles across the league about his poor attitude. Hilarious stuff.
I wonder if Illitch is tightening the purse strings a bit. It's really unusual for the Wings to just sit on $13 million. I know there aren't many great players out there, but at this point it wouldn't hurt to increase our depth with some bottom players and hope someone has a lucky year and plays above their skill set.
Since there doesn't seem to be any movement for a top defenseman or a top forward.
To be honest I think it has a lot to do with the cap uncertainty at this point. Holland doesn't want to swallow a poison pill contract just yet.