If there is one argument that pops up daily on social media this summer, it is that people still can’t figure out how to value hockey players who put up points, yet lack the necessary team qualities such as “intangibles.”
It seems as though half the blogosphere wants to sign the Radulov’s and Semin’s of the world for all the wrong reasons, yet the other half can’t see past their own personal bias or perhaps prejudice against Russian hockey players. Somewhere between those who value hard-nosed hockey and those who value advanced stats is a middle ground. That is where I try to float.
Perhaps no player causes more divisive offseason chatter than Alexander Semin.