In news that comes as no surprise whatsoever, the Detroit Red Wings are reportedly starting to take a look at signing forward Alexander Semin. There isn't a whole lot of info out there right now about Semin and the Red Wings, but The Fourth Period's David Pagnotta says Detroit is "in the mix."
We should get more news on Semin shortly. Red Wings are in the mix.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 2, 2012
Semin has long been considered the Red Wings' "Plan B" for if they are unable to land Zach Parise. Considering an announcement from Parise is expected shortly and all signs point to him signing somewhere other than Detroit, it's probably no coincidence that rumblings about the Red Wings and Semin are getting started.
While there has been a lot of talk about Semin being a problem for coaches or being a bad teammate in the past, the hope would be that by giving him a change of scenery and bringing him to Detroit to play with his countryman Pavel Datsyuk, those issues wouldn't come up.
Personally, I'd rather the Red Wings take a "risk" by signing Semin than give up too much to trade for Rick Nash in their quest to add another scorer to the team.