There's a multitude of jokes I could open this post with. I won't. I'll laugh at them in my head, sure, because I'm....8. But at the end of the day, he's a millionaire professional athlete so whatever fun I could possibly make of him is juvenile and won't change the fact that his life is probably way more kickass than mine. You win, Alex Semin!
Unfortunately, you also lose, Alex Semin. Because, apparently, NHL clubs are way more hesitant to sign you than they should be. Or, than you'd think they should be, according to some Luke Fox campaigning in a Sportsnet article summarizing relevant points and quotes on Tuesday: the polar opposite of a TSN panel absolutely destroying Semin earlier this year. The variance in the MSM opinion alone suggests some legitimacy to the controversies delaying a player of Semin's skill from signing a UFA contract.
For a team as strapped for frontline players as the Toronto Maple Leafs, one has to ask the question (ugh, I feel dirty even channeling that sentence) of whether or not he's worth considering. Just what are the pros and cons of Toronto acquiring this player?