What’s still out there, you ask?

- July 9th, 2012

The Senators need to spend almost $5 million more to get to the cap floor.
They also need some offence.
Judging by the comments at the bottom of my most recent column, a lot of people didn’t like my suggestion that they talk to Alexander Semin about a one year contract. Now, I know that many of those people don’t even bother to take the time to consider what’s written – they see the byline and they take the opportunity to spew venom at me. That’s okay. I was also approached by people on the street who agreed with the idea.
I know Semin can be a dog. I also know that he can be a very dangerous offensive player. I just think, perhaps under the guidance of country mate Sergei Gonchar, he could be worth a gamble here. On a one year deal. Anyway, here’s a list of the remaining UFA’s who had at least one point last season, according to Capgeek.com.
I can’t imagine Teemu Selanne is playing anywhere but Anaheim next season, and I haven’t heard one peep about the Senators being in the mix for Shane Doan.
So where else should there 5 mil go?
Hope the format is okay. I just cut and pasted from capgeek.

Name Pos Age Team GP G A P +/- SHIFTS TOI-ES TOI-SH TOI-PP TOI-TOT
Selanne, Teemu » R 42 ANA 82 26 40 66 -1 1726 14.24 0.05 3.57 17.88
Semin, Alexander » R 28 WAS 77 21 33 54 9 1490 14.25 0.01 2.52 16.78
Doan, Shane » R 35 PHO 79 22 28 50 -8 1757 15.52 0.87 3.19 19.59
Wellwood, Kyle » C 29 WIN 77 18 29 47 3 1406 12.91 0.04 1.99 14.95
Sykora, Petr » R 35 NJD 82 21 23 44 4 1710 13.91 0.00 1.96 15.90
Kostitsyn, Andrei » R 27 NAS 72 16 20 36 -1 1410 13.36 0.01 1.72 15.11
Arnott, Jason » C 37 STL 72 17 17 34 13 1490 11.71 0.00 2.36 14.08
Langkow, Daymond » C 35 PHO 73 11 19 30 -4 1447 13.32 0.96 1.47 15.74
Brunette, Andrew » L 38 CHI 78 12 15 27 -13 1465 11.31 0.00 2.22 13.54
Stapleton, Tim » R 29 WIN 63 11 16 27 -2 900 8.43 0.03 1.67 10.14
Johnson, Nick » R 26 MIN 77 8 18 26 -6 1434 14.05 0.00 0.38 14.44
Moore, Dominic » C 31 SAN 79 4 21 25 -18 1634 13.05 1.63 0.82 15.53
Langenbrunner, J. » R 36 STL 70 6 18 24 7 1550 12.64 1.09 0.87 14.61
Rolston, Brian » L 39 BOS 70 7 17 24 -5 1294 11.86 0.53 1.87 14.27
Holmstrom, Tomas » L 39 DET 74 11 13 24 -9 1105 8.80 0.00 3.05 11.86
Winnik, Daniel » L 27 SAN 84 8 15 23 -11 1897 13.93 2.44 0.31 16.69
Hagman, Niklas » L 32 ANA 71 9 14 23 -7 1343 12.51 1.48 0.58 14.56
Dvorak, Radek » R 35 DAL 73 4 17 21 -16 1395 12.36 1.81 0.08 14.27
Gilroy, Matt » D 27 OTT 67 3 17 20 2 1558 15.85 1.12 0.52 17.49
Colaiacovo, Carlo » D 29 STL 64 2 17 19 7 1743 16.69 0.27 2.02 19.00
Knuble, Mike » R 40 WAS 72 6 12 18 -15 1337 11.64 1.14 1.14 13.93
Johnson, Aaron » D 29 CLB 56 3 13 16 -12 1198 14.30 1.34 0.84 16.50
Mueller, Peter » R 24 COL 32 7 9 16 -3 652 13.06 0.00 1.53 14.63
Halpern, Jeff » C 36 WAS 69 4 12 16 -1 1324 10.75 1.74 0.10 12.59
Kubina, Pavel » D 35 PHI 69 3 12 15 -2 1771 16.42 1.71 1.12 19.26
Clark, Brett » D 35 TBL 82 2 13 15 -26 2145 14.87 2.06 1.43 18.37
Gragnani, M. » D 25 VAN 58 2 13 15 6 1217 13.59 0.14 2.40 16.14
Spacek, Jaroslav » D 38 CAR 46 5 10 15 6 1002 13.78 0.61 1.65 16.07
Foster, Kurtis » D 30 MIN 51 4 10 14 -13 1080 12.61 0.16 3.10 15.88
Brule, Gilbert » C 25 PHO 33 5 9 14 7 483 10.45 0.00 1.09 11.55
Park, Richard » R 36 PIT 54 7 7 14 -1 823 9.93 0.67 0.30 10.91
Rozsival, Michal » D 33 PHO 54 1 12 13 8 1275 17.35 1.87 0.07 19.31
Hannan, Scott » D 33 CGY 78 2 10 12 -10 2017 17.42 2.85 0.06 20.35
Blake, Jason » L 38 ANA 45 7 5 12 -4 791 12.67 0.00 1.44 14.13
Wolski, Wojtek » L 26 FLA 31 4 8 12 -5 563 12.26 0.00 1.45 13.74
Kostopoulos, Tom » R 33 CGY 81 4 8 12 -15 1347 10.75 1.44 0.10 12.32
Darche, Mathieu » L 35 MTL 61 5 7 12 -4 989 9.82 1.79 0.49 12.11
Shannon, Ryan » C 29 TBL 45 4 8 12 -11 691 10.69 0.42 0.89 12.02
Christensen, Erik » C 28 MIN 49 7 5 12 -13 726 8.92 0.00 1.45 10.39
Jurcina, Milan » D 29 NYI 65 3 8 11 -34 1534 16.23 1.69 0.83 18.77
Campoli, Chris » D 28 MTL 43 2 9 11 -3 980 14.51 0.65 2.00 17.19
Morrison, Brendan » C 36 CHI 39 4 7 11 -5 679 11.90 0.26 1.18 13.33
Aucoin, Keith » C 33 WAS 27 3 8 11 4 366 9.85 0.00 1.15 11.04
Winchester, Brad » L 31 SAN 67 6 4 10 -5 849 7.63 0.01 0.15 7.81
Wallace, Tim » R 27 TBL 49 3 6 9 -3 603 8.31 0.16 0.10 8.59
Staios, Steve » D 38 NYI 65 0 8 8 -19 1412 15.32 1.69 0.05 17.08
Hecht, Jochen » C 35 BUF 22 4 4 8 1 497 14.41 1.82 0.55 16.82
Ferriero, Benn » R 25 SAN 35 7 1 8 0 625 11.71 0.00 0.29 12.03
Bradley, Matt » R 34 FLA 45 3 5 8 -3 697 10.31 0.40 0.13 10.87
Winchester, Jesse » C 28 OTT 32 2 6 8 2 556 8.38 2.22 0.00 10.63
Taormina, Matt » D 25 NJD 30 1 6 7 6 633 15.33 0.63 0.53 16.53
Huskins, Kent » D 33 STL 25 2 5 7 9 573 14.48 0.72 0.20 15.44
Flood, Mark » D 27 WIN 33 3 4 7 -1 668 13.21 1.09 1.00 15.33
O’Donnell, Sean » D 40 CHI 51 0 7 7 -6 951 12.08 1.41 0.00 13.51
O’Reilly, Cal » C 25 PIT 33 2 5 7 -11 519 11.09 0.21 1.42 12.76
Porter, Chris » L 28 STL 47 4 3 7 -1 748 10.13 0.21 0.04 10.38
Hunter, Trent » R 32 LAK 38 2 5 7 -4 537 9.24 0.00 0.84 10.08
Porter, Kevin » L 26 COL 35 4 3 7 -2 442 8.40 0.29 0.46 9.17
Lindstrom, Joakim » R 28 COL 16 2 3 5 -9 296 11.63 0.00 2.25 13.88
Eminger, Steve » D 28 NYR 42 2 3 5 0 765 11.98 1.19 0.07 13.26
Sturm, Marco » L 34 FLA 48 3 2 5 -13 903 10.40 1.04 0.85 12.31
Boyce, Darryl » C 28 CLB 37 1 4 5 -8 549 8.92 1.00 0.03 9.97
Barch, Krystofer » R 32 FLA 51 2 3 5 0 585 7.29 0.00 0.02 7.33
Lebda, Brett » D 30 CLB 30 1 3 4 -1 629 14.93 0.67 0.83 16.47
Eaton, Mark » D 35 NYI 62 1 3 4 -17 1293 14.03 1.97 0.03 16.05
White, Colin » D 34 SAN 54 1 3 4 -5 1227 13.26 1.61 0.04 14.94
Picard, Alexandre » D 27 PIT 17 0 4 4 4 293 12.41 0.18 0.41 13.12
Pouliot, M. » C 27 PHO 13 0 4 4 -2 192 11.15 0.00 0.00 11.15
O’Sullivan, P. » L 27 PHO 23 2 2 4 -4 320 9.13 0.00 1.87 11.04
Moreau, Ethan » L 36 LAK 28 1 3 4 -3 425 9.68 0.46 0.29 10.50
Bitz, Byron » R 27 VAN 10 1 3 4 2 174 10.40 0.00 0.00 10.40
Vandermeer, Jim » D 32 SAN 25 1 3 4 3 367 9.92 0.40 0.04 10.40
Madden, John » C 39 FLA 31 3 0 3 -4 563 10.77 1.10 0.06 11.97
Pandolfo, Jay » L 37 NYI 62 1 2 3 -14 973 9.10 1.76 0.03 10.92
Lepisto, Sami » D 27 CHI 26 1 2 3 3 376 10.31 0.04 0.15 10.54
Fehr, Eric » R 26 WIN 35 2 1 3 -6 459 9.26 0.00 0.43 9.69
Pelley, Rod » C 27 ANA 52 2 1 3 -3 560 7.42 0.31 0.00 7.75
Avery, Sean » L 32 NYR 15 3 0 3 2 151 6.93 0.00 0.00 7.00
Barker, Cam » D 26 EDM 25 2 0 2 0 615 15.64 0.36 2.32 18.36
Jones, Randy » D 30 WIN 39 1 1 2 4 757 13.15 1.56 0.05 14.79
Mottau, Mike » D 34 BOS 35 0 2 2 -11 659 13.11 0.89 0.03 14.06
Taffe, Jeff » C 31 MIN 5 0 2 2 2 93 11.20 0.00 1.40 12.80
Commodore, Mike » D 32 TBL 30 0 2 2 7 550 11.70 0.83 0.03 12.60
Green, Josh » C 34 EDM 7 1 1 2 -6 115 10.29 0.29 1.00 11.71
Parse, Scott » R 27 LAK 9 2 0 2 1 147 10.67 0.00 0.44 11.22
Williams, Jason » R 31 PIT 8 1 1 2 1 101 8.25 0.00 2.13 10.50
Ortmeyer, Jed » R 33 MIN 35 1 1 2 -8 551 8.69 1.00 0.00 9.71
Duco, Mike » R 25 VAN 6 0 2 2 1 79 8.00 0.00 0.00 8.00
Martinek, Radek » D 35 CLB 7 1 0 1 -3 171 16.14 2.57 0.43 19.43
Janik, Doug » D 32 DET 9 0 1 1 2 173 13.78 0.56 0.00 14.44
Giroux, Alexandre » L 31 CLB 9 1 0 1 -2 153 10.11 0.00 2.00 12.11
O’Marra, Ryan » C 25 ANA 9 0 1 1 -1 117 8.67 0.44 0.00 9.22
Brunnstrom, F. » L 27 DET 5 0 1 1 -2 69 8.80 0.00 0.00 9.00
Cullen, Mark » C 33 FLA 6 0 1 1 2 77 7.83 0.00 0.00 7.83
Mills, Brad » C 29 NJD 27 0 1 1 -10 301 6.37 0.74 0.00 7.15
Jaffray, Jason » L 31 WIN 13 0 1 1 -1 124 6.31 0.00 0.15 6.46
Deveaux, Andre » C 28 NYR 9 0 1 1 3 73 5.11 0.00 0.11 5.33
Turnbull, Travis » C 26 BUF 3 1 0 1 0 25 4.67 0.00 0.00 4.67

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5 comments

  1. Harrison says:

    Gotta agree… sometimes the responses and comments are full of venom. Actually quite often. Nothing wrong with disagreeing… or really really really disagreeing.

    But I’ll never understand why people have to make it so friggin’ personal or vicious.

  2. Tim Roberts says:

    The Senators will be at the cap floor if they have Zibanejad and RFA’s Daugavins and O’Brien signed to even remotely similar salaries as last year, plus whoever else they want to carry to get to 23 people on the roster.

    They don’t need to spend $ to hit the cap floor, and we don’t even really know where the cap floor will end up with new CBA.

    The same player but more appropriate arguement is made for the “top 6″ forward need, with cap considerations being a very small part of the picture since they don’t need to spend $5 million as suggested, more like $1 million.

  3. I strongly suspect Don and Harrison that these individuals are unhappy people, insecure and and insignificant. Feel sorry for them and do not take it personally.

    Acutally Don, I thought your idea had some merit and the Sens should have taken a flier on Semin for a year if it was doable and as it turns out, it was. I will guess that Semin will score 25 goals this year for Pittsburg. Lets face it, he can’t do any worse than Butler, Condra, Da Costa, Klink, Obrien, Konopka, Winchester (who has yet to find a team who wants him) or the 5m dollar Kovalev! He has made it clear he wants to stay in N/A so maybe he will be motivated.

    I wonder what ever happened to Wolski; I thought he would be a very good hockey player. He looked very good in Colorado. It would no surprise me to see Murray sign Sean O’Donnel…I hope he doesn’t but it would not surprise me if he does.

  4. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    The thing is Don, if you want Semin here so you have an easy five or ten columns slagging him…that’s fine, you need to eat and that’s a legitmate concern at your end. I’d worry that is floating around would infect the young players. This team has had trouble with such players in the past. Alfredsson et al. couldn’t set Emery or Heatley or Kovalev straight.

    Nah, just keep to the plan. Da Costa is Oates according to Murray and Borowiecki is Stevens according to Dorion.
    Should not be any trouble for Norris Boy to repeat his performance and for the team to go on a deep playoff run no?

  5. Some good points Pierre, but Semin is much younger than Kovalev. If Murray can indiscriminately throw Gene’s money away on contracts for Kovalev, Emery (is the team still paying?), Cheechoo, Gonchar, Leclaire and many others, I wouldn’t have objected to a one year deal for Semin.

    I don’t know what was wrong with Heatley until the incredibly stupid decision to promote Clouston and Mimes was made. In an effort to assert himself, the “Little General” made some enemies on the team and cultivated a spirit of discontent on the bench and in the dressing room! He had one rule…there were no rules, no plan, line combos was like 52 card pick up, favourtism and double standards ruled the day. The only question that was never asked – answered was why Murray hired him in the first place (5 coaches in 4 years…or something like that). Now the “Little General” is out of hockey after getting waxed from a Junior team out west. Surprised??? I’m not. Where are the Mimes…not in the NHL!

    Could God motivate Kovalev? No, but no one ever could. Could he motivate Emery, no he could not but if a kid isn’t motivated by making millions and playing for a Stanley Cup contender…can he ever be motivated? I think the issue associated with straightening individuals like these was to not sign them in the first place and failing that, sit them in the press box. But, the GM awarded Emery with a mulit-year, multi-milllion dollar contract extension and dictated to Clouston that Kovalev play whether he made an effort or not! Now what can the good corporate soldier Alfredsson do about that?

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