How should Semin be remembered?

How should Semin be remembered?
July 26, 2012, 8:55 pm
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Alexander Semin finished his career in Washington with 197 goals, fifth on the clubs all-time list behind Peter Bondra 472, Mike Gartner 397, Alex Ovechkin 339 and Mike Ridley 218.

He recorded 409 points in 469 regular games with the Caps, an average of 0.87 points per game. But in 51 career playoff games he had just 15 goals and 34 points, an average of 0.66 points per game.

So how will Semin be remembered by Caps fans?

As one of the most talented and electrifying players to ever play in red, white and blue?

Or as one of the most frustrating underachievers this town has ever seen?

Both?

Without question, Semin has always been a lightning rod for those willing to share their opinions.

A year ago, former teammate Matt Bradley said of Semin: Hes one guy who has so much talent, he could easily be the best player in the league, and just for whatever reason, just doesnt care.

Earlier this month, TSN analysts Marc Crawford and Pierre McGuire took turns bashing Semin.

This is not a great teammate, I'm telling you right now, McGuire said. Not a good guy to have around your group unless you have unbelievably strong leadership. Hes the ultimate coach killer, that's what he is.

Crawford agreed, saying Semin has no character.

You either take a guy whos a complete winner, or take a guy whos a complete loser, Crawford said. He falls in that loser category.

Assuming labor peace, Caps fans will need to wait until Dec. 1 when Semin and the Carolina Hurricanes make their first visit to Verizon Center, to show how they truly feel about the 28-year-old Russian winger.

But how about right now? Were Bradley, Crawford and McGuire justified in their opinions of Semin? If not, how should he be remembered by Caps fans? And when he makes his first appearance in a Hurricanes jersey, will you boo him or cheer him?

Join the conversation below.