Rosen wonders if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would take a risk on a player with questions about his reputation.
Rosen writes, "Kovalchuk could be a guide for Semin. If it works out, the Devils could have a talented 1-2 punch for years to come, the kind of co-headliners they were hoping to have for a long time with Kovalchuk and Parise."
Semin had his troubles with the Washington Capitals' coaching staff, but players love to play for Pete DeBoer.
Rosen writes, "Kovalchuk, for one, always was ready to give DeBoer and the coaching staff full credit for the Devils' success. Parise loved playing for DeBoer too."
According to ESPN Insider Craig Custance, the main reason Semin has not signed with a team yet is that he wants too much money. However, if the Devils were offering Parise a market-value contract, then clearly they have enough money to give Semin, writes Rosen.