Imagine the following scenario: The Pens dance with Ryan Suter and Zach Parise all day today but can't get a deal done with either. The guys from TSN are tweeting that Minnesota is heavily pursuing the pair, but you can't sleep on Detroit. Rob Rossi is tweeting vague things to make himself sound smart but that he can't be wrong about like, "Hearing there may be a surprise team in the Parise hunt." Shane Doan re-signs in Phoenix. Paul Martin gets traded. Hudler and Samuelsson get $5 million dollar contracts, sending Artistry into anaphylactic shock. Sunday night comes around and the Pens have signed...no one of consequence. And at lunchtime on Monday, the following headline pops on your screen: "Parise and Suter spotted at Detroit airport. Wings call presser for 4:00 today."
|Don't shoot him in the leg.|
Is it possible?
The chances of all that happening are close to 0%, given Shero's awareness that he better have a viable Plan B and the fact that, enigmatic as he is (<-- did Finesse just call a Russian player enigmatic? OMG HE'S RACIST!!!!!), Semin will have suitors this summer. But what if it does go down like that? What if Semin is out there and all the Pens have is a big wad of cash with no one to give it to?
Alex, how about 1 year, $7 million. Is that something you might be interested in?
If, and only if, today and tomorrow unfold exactly like that, there are 3 simple reasons why I'd offer Semin a one-year contract: 1) as long as Dale Hunter isn't his coach, the guy can score goals; 2) with $15 million and no one to spend it on this year, a one-year deal like that would not hurt the Pens' cap going forward; and 3) sorry for bringing this up, but he's a right-handed shot and would be working with left-handed centers...
|Remember when we thought that was funny?|
|Should have been 2 minutes for holding the stick|