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  • The Press Box July 27, 2012

    Semin to Carolina
    The Carolina Hurricanes are one of this off seasons biggest movers and shakers. After already stealing the show at the draft by acquiring Jordan Staal, the Canes have now added another elite offensive threat and fantasy hockey force in Alex Semin. Semin was signed to a one year $7 million contract.
    Alex Semin reminds me a lot of Alex Kovalev in his prime. He is a typical Russian enigma, elite skill set with massive potential, but his desire to win pails in comparison for his desire to be paid! The fact that he signed a one year deal is great for fantasy owners, and the fact that he didn't sign in the KHL as well!
    Semin can produce at an elite level no question. However, I would not invest in him with a early draft pick or give up much in a trade to acquire him.
    Why not you ask?
    He simply is not worth the risk. He will never want it as bad as you and the frustration of owning a player like that will make you go bald or grey! You would be better served passing on Semin and looking to a more reliable pick suck as David Krejci or Thomas Vanek. Load your roster up with sure fire and dependable point producers before you add high risk players such as Semin. If he is still around in the later rounds by all means take a chance on him, but for the first half of your draft, let someone else pick him and live with the head aches and heart breaks associated with owning a player like Semin!

    Jakub Voracek signed in Philadelphia
    The Flyers have lost Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle this off season. They nearly stole Shea Weber but were denied. They also traded JVR to the leafs for Luke Schenn as the highlight of their off season. Resigning Voracek is a win for them and the loss of Jagr and JVR should ensure him quality ice time. Dan Rosen tweeted
    Dan Rosen ‏@drosennhl

    Holmgren sees Voracek as Jagr's replacement on Giroux's line. RT

    Playing on the Flyers top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell could see the talented winger finally break out. Voracek has hovered around the 50 point range for the last three seasons now. A 60-70 point season is not out of the question here as long as he maintains his role on the top line.

    Bobby Butler done as a Senator
    The Senators have put Butler on waivers hoping to purge themselves of his $1 million contract. If butler clears waivers he will be bought out and become a free agent. On another team in the right situation, Butler could be worth a gamble on picking in a late round, or buying low in a trade. His defensive game is lacking, but his offensive skills and instincts are solid. The Sens may be giving up too quickly on Butler, the same way Florida gave up on Michael Grabner who was claimed off waivers by the Islanders then went on to score 34 goals.

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