Ducks Soup: Semin Heads to Montreal, More NHL News


We dish up some bite-sized helpings of NHL news!

The dream is dead, Anaheim Ducks fans:

Okay, okay: I know a lot of you did not share my opinion when it came to Alexander Semin.  While I saw a virtually no-risk move on the part of the Ducks should they have brought Semin to SoCal, many of you saw a player who could cause a distraction or erode the chemistry in Anaheim’s locker room.

We’ll never know who would have been right, but for a team like the Montreal Canadiens, who badly needed a scoring boost, signing Semin was a smart move.  Personally, I hope he explodes this season for between 70-80 points.

Thursday, I gave you some details regarding Braden Holtby’s wish list when it came to his extension with the Washington Capitals; Friday, the Caps inked a five-year extension with Holtby that will pay him a lot of money, although not as much as he wanted:

"Holtby requested $8 million in arbitration, but the Capitals had offered him $5.1 million, according to Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports. The goalie earned $2 million in 2014–15, with a $1.85 million cap hit.Sportsnets’ Elliotte Friedman reports that Holtby will earn $3.5 million next season with a $3 million bonus before earning $7 million for two years and $5 million for the final two years of the contract."

Re-signing Holtby was a no-brainer for Washington, but at least they talked him down from his absurd $8 million per season stance, which would have made him the second-highest paid goaltender in the NHL.

Finally, Yahoo! Sports has released its Top 25 NHL players for each position heading into the 2015-2016 campaign.  Find out which members of the Anaheim Ducks made the cut!

Top 25 Centers

Top 25 Right Wingers

Top 25 Left Wingers

Top 25 Defensemen

Top 25 Goaltenders

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