WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Alex Ovechkin #8 and Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals warm up before the game against the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center on September 28 2010 in Washington DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin wants to find an increased role on another team via free agency.
Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin is headed for free agency in 2012, according to his agent. The 28-year-old is unhappy being a part-time player in Washington and wants to change that.
ESPN's Craig Custance reported the news on Monday afternoon. Mark Gandler, Semin's agent, says that his client will not sign an extension with the Capitals which would punch his ticket for unrestricted free agency. Teams can begin chasing free agents on July 1.
Semin scored 40 goals for the Capitals during the 2009-2010 season. This year he finished with 21 goals and 33 assists, averaging just under 17 minutes of ice time per game.
As far as where he will play next season, Semin wants to stay in North America, rather than return to Russia and play in the KHL. The report also mentions that he wants more ice time as part of the penalty kill unit.
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