Alexander Semin or Shane Doan: The Answer to the Islanders' Secondary Scoring Drought?

Its no lie that the New York Islanders are in need of secondary scoring. Of the forwards still remaining on the free agent market Alexander Semin and Shane Doan should be sticking out to Islanders general manager Garth Snow and owner Charles Wang.

Doan, of the Phoenix Coyotes, may not necessarily count as secondary scoring as he could come in and replace P. A. Parenteau on the first line.

In 2011-12, Doan compiled 50 points (22G, 28A) in 79 regular season games as well as nine points in 16 playoff games for the Coyotes this past season. (Photo Credit: Crowned Royal) 

The 35-year old winger has not tallied less than 50 points since the 2001-02 season when he totaled 49 (20G, 29A). 

Bringing an offensive touch and a leadership quality that the team desperately needs, his experience could help guide a young Islanders team to the next level.  

Alexander Semin, the oft unreliable and inconsistent left winger formerly of the Washington Capitals, is a plausable, if not risky, answer to the Islanders problems.

Considering his price will probably be lower than that of a player of Doan's quality, it may be an avenue that the organization wishes to pursue. 

Semin is often streaky throughout the season and tends to disappear on the defensive side of the puck.

However, if the price is right and he is willing to come to New York, it would be hard for Snow to pass up on a player who has averaged 64 points over the last 6 seasons including 54 in each of the last two (Photo Credit: Hockey World Blog).

Doan is most likely the tougher of the two for Snow to lure to the Island.

With that being said, Semin may be the Islanders only shot to make a drastic move this offseason.

While it may be a high risk, high reward type of situation, the Islanders are the perfect team to take on that kind of gamble.

Considering the negative perception of him by other general managers across the league, offering an enticing two year contract could potentially tempt Semin to join the likes of John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielson and Josh Bailey in the Isles' top-six.

--

Follow me on Twitter (@ShaneBlackburn) and make sure to "like" The Checking Line: Isles Edition on Facebook and on Twitter (@TCLIsles) to stay up to the minute with all the latest team news and notes.

Feel free to email me at: shane.blackburn26@gmail.com