Tomas Vokoun was on a fast track to free agency when Capitals general manager George McPhee dealt his rights to the Penguins for a seventh-round draft pick.
McPhee took a similar approach with pending UFA Dennis Wideman on Wednesday, trading the defensemans rights to the Flames in exchange for a fifth-rounder and a prospect.
So what will happen with Caps right wing Alexander Semin between now and noon on Sunday, when the free agency bell rings?
Logic suggests McPhee will accommodate Semin and his agent, Mark Gandler, by trading Semins rights to a team interested in signing him before he goes on the open market.
Unless, of course, Gandler wants to wait until Sunday, when the contract offers are sure to startrolling in.
Asked on Wednesday if anything was new on Semins status with the Caps, McPhee said, Not right now.
When asked if hell even make an attempt to re-sign Semin, McPhee said, Weve talked to him and well see where it goes, but not sure.
With the NHLs 2012-13 salary cap getting bumped to 70.2 million, there will be plenty of teams willing to throw big money at Semin with hopes of rekindling the talent that led to Semin scoring 40 goals two years ago.
Semin made 6.7 million last season and he certainly didnt increase his value by scoring just 21 goals last season. But unless hes willing to accept a whole lot less than he made in Washington last season, the 28-year-old Russian likely is down to his final hours as a Capital.
If that is the case, what are your thoughts on Semin, who has been described as enigmatic, mercurial and selfish.
Should the Caps make an attempt to keep him? If not, how will you remember his time in D.C.?