A wicked wrist shot versus a blue-collar work ethic.
That's exactly what characterizes Washington Capitals sniper Alexander Semin and Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, arguably the two best forwards left on the free agent market.
The goods: Doan is the epitome of a feisty competitor, who plays with undeniable passion and is a proven leader, donning the 'C' in the desert for years. A reliable and self-motivated player, he's played his entire 16-year career with the Coyotes franchise and is an 11-time 20-goal scorer.
The knock: At age 35, his best years are more than likely behind him. He's also got to improve his two-way play, sporting a career -25 rating in 1,198 career games. The big question mark is whether he can adjust to a new team, new city, or new system should he choose to leave the Coyotes.
The goods: When he's on his game, he possesses arguably the most pin-point and dangerous wrist shot in the NHL and can find the back of the net with ease. A highly skilled and finesse player, the 28-year-old is still in the middle of his prime playing years. He's a two-time 30-goal scorer and hit the 40-goal plateau in 2009-10 and has scored at least 20 goals in each of his NHL seasons except for his rookie year in 2003-04.
The knock: Durability and consistency. He needs to be able to stay healthy — he's never played a full season in his seven-year career. He'll also need to find a way to mesh with whatever coach he's playing for and needs to find self-motivation. Should he choose to leave Washington, he'll have to adjust to not playing with sniper Alexander Ovechkin. Can he become a team's go-to guy?
All that being said, we want to know which player you'd rather have on your team and why. Post your comments below and start the debate!