"But there's been on-and-off chatter that the Capitals might try to deal Alex Semin ($6.7 million against the salary cap for next season before becoming a UFA). It would make sense for the Rangers to kick the tires there if the Capitals do put out signals that he's available. Two seasons ago he had 40 goals and 44 assists (very similar to Gaborik's 42-44 that season) and he's still only 27. However, Semin certainly does not bring much of a physical presence and, to most Rangers followers, he'll never get past the stigma of his "slap fight" against Marc Staal on Jan. 3, 2009.
Here's another thought: Would GM Glen Sather be willing to entertain thoughts of trying to acquire Backstrom, who doesn't turn 24 until November and is a No. 1 center, despite a contract that carries a $6.7 million cap hit through 2020. There's been no indication the Capitals are looking to move Ovechkin's pivot but it seems clear now that the Capitals need to change their chemistry."
And of course if the Rangers can get Semin, he can play the bongos on Marc Staal whenever he wants...
...nice work by Gross thinking outside the box a little bit here. Both players have their obvious drawbacks (Backstrom's contract ends in 2020? WTF?), but the Rangers need some legit scoring power or a #1 center and these guys would provide that.
...they wouldn't come cheap either. Think Dubi or Cally, McD and maybe Kreider. Although with the way Sather is able to make trades maybe they can send back just Drury. ;)
Undoable with Semin and Backstrom. Don't bother. Plus I think the Caps will come to their senses and realize that they have one of the best goal scorers in the league and he sits on the bench during a 4 on 4. Who's at fault? Boudreau the lard. He should be fired for having a great team 2 years in a row and getting them now where. The Caps have a 5 year window to win a cup, and now they are down to 3. Brooks laich is the better option and can come cheaply. Similar to Frolov (Though I pray it doesn't turn out that way ). I say give Laich a one year or two year contract at about 2-2.8 million a year. Although if we get Richards do not get Laich as there is no point.
I like Backstrom and he is a number 1 center, but that's a lot of time to invest in someone... Especially when the Rangers don't exactly have the best track record on long-term, expensive deals. This is assuming that the Caps would want to trade him and I don't seem them blowing up the team that much.
Don't like Semin, he's on a expensive one year deal and too much like Gaborik (worse IMO).
on another note, I'd LOVE to sign Brooks Laich for the right price. he seems like someone that would thrive in torts system and maybe we can move him to wing so one of the young centers can develop. just a though
NO to Semin. Backstrom is a nice player, but I don't know if he'd be thought of as a #1 guy if he didn't have Ovie on his wing. Pass.
if backstrom didnt have such a long contract id say do it. not semin. hes too similar to gabby (dont take this as me bashing gabby, I like him and cant stand people who wanna trade him after one bad year) and we dont need 2 wingers that can play a grinding game. would much rather get a number 1 center so at least gaborik has someone to play with and doesnt have to play a grinding game.
semin would be in the doghouse right away with torts for inconsitency and stupid penalties, while backstrom might not be bad, i wasnt impressed with his playoff performances.
I can see either one of those guys coming here and melting under the hot Broadway lights. They score, but they also seem to fade when it matters most. I'd rather have guys that score less over the course of the season but come up big in clutch and playoff situations (e.g., SJ's Setoguchi).
@hartmd21 Agreed on Torts point.
@Chris_in_MA Definitely not Semin. Especially with only one year left on his contract. Rangers could be giving away future for one year.
Backstrom is interesting, but 2020? That's a tough contract to swallow.