Agent: Semin not returning to Capitals

Agent: Semin not returning to Capitals
May 14, 2012, 9:43 pm
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The agent for Alex Semin said Monday that the 28-year-old right wing has no interest in returning to the Capitals and will test the free agent market on July 1.

Mark Gandler told ESPN The Magazine that Semin "is not ready to be a role player" and that he does not fit into the defensive system the team has chosen to play.

Gandler and Semin were seen talking in Madison Square Garden during the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Semin has played his entire NHL career in Washington, recording 408 points in 469 games over six seasons. He also recorded 34 points in 51 career playoff games for the Capitals.

Earlier on Monday Alex Ovechkin said he would like to see Semin return for a seventh season in Washington. Semin was the Capitals' second-highest-paid player on the team at 6.7 million.

"Of course," Ovechkin said. "I want to see everybodyback next year, but I hope hes going to stay here. I dont want him to leave. Its Georges McPhee decision, its Sasha decision, its Sashas agent decision."