Barring a last-minute offer from Capitals general manager George McPhee, Alex Semins days in Washington will end on Sunday at noon, his agent Mark Gandler confirmed on Friday.
Gandler told CSNWashington.com he has had no contract negotiations with the Capitals for the 28-year-old winger and does not expect any to begin in the next 48 hours. He also said he does not anticipate the Capitals trading Semins rights to another NHL team, as they did with goaltender Tomas Vokoun and defenseman Dennis Wideman,
The Caps picked up a seventh-round draft pick from the Penguins for Vokoun, and a fifth-rounder and a prospect for Wideman.
Gandler said he has not been given permission by the Capitals to work out a deal with another NHL team prior to Sundays noon start of free agency.
I dont think theyll give permission, Gandler said. Theres still time to trade Semins rights if thats what they want to do. But with every day theres less and less opportunity. ... There are no backdoor conversations.
Semin has spent his entire NHL career with the Capitals, recording 408 points 197 goals and 211 assists in 469 games over seven seasons. Semins salary has escalated in each of his past four seasons in Washington, from 4.2 million in 2008-09, to 5 million in 2009-10, to 6 million in 2010-11, and 6.7 million last season.
Semins production, however, has declined dramatically in recent years. After scoring a career-high 40 goals and 84 points in 2009-10, Semin recorded 54 points in each of his last two seasons with the Caps and saw his goal production drop from 28 two seasons ago to 21 last season.
Semin was unhappy with his ice time under coach Dale Hunter last season but, apparently, the hiring of new coach Adam Oates has not enticed him to stay in Washington.
Asked if Semin is excited about entering unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career, Gandler said, I wouldnt use the word exciting. Hes not 18 years old before the draft. Thats exciting. This is a process you go through.