Despite a report in which Alexander Semin's agent said he was ready to test NHL free agency, the Russian forward told Sovetsky Sport that no decision has been made as of yet and that he's yet to talk with the Washington Capitals about a potential return. Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy translated the Sovetsky Sport report:
"This is all just talk. Words can get twisted. There was no talk at all that I am not going to sign with the Capitals for sure. I have not talked to them [the Capitals] about leaving. And please don't ask me questions about the next season anymore."
Chesnokov also reports that Semin and his agent talked prior to the end of the season, and that the decision was to simply wait and see how the cards played out early in this offseason regarding, well, basically everything: The coaching situation in D.C., any other possible changes in management, and of course, the pending collective bargaining talks between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association.
Of course, with the initial news on this story coming from an agent, there's always the possibility that he was posturing a bit, trying to get more teams interested in Semin's potential availability.