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Capitals sign Semin to a one-year extension

I've got great news for Capitals fans fond of wingers who drill opponents' shin guards during the playoffs: Washington has signed right winger Alexander Semin to a one-year, $6.7 million contract extension, which ensures the team's third-leading scorer will remain Capitals property until the end of the 2011-12 season.

Semin has 18 goals and 17 assists this season, and is tied for the NHL lead with three hat tricks.

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If you couldn't tell, I'm not a fan of Semin (no jokes, please). When he's hot, it seems like every other shot finds the back of the net. But when he gets stuck in one of his absolute-zero cold streaks, which happen far too often for him to make it onto idiotic lists such as this, Semin can go weeks without making an impact in the offensive end. You know, like the funk he is in right now (before suffering an injury a couple of weeks ago, he hadn't scored a goal since Nov. 28).

That being said, I don't mind the one-year extension. The price is reasonable, and it means the Capitals don't have to worry about losing him this offseason and getting nothing in return. It also gives them time to find fair value should they wise up and decide to deal him -- maybe after one of those torrid scoring streaks.

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