Alexander Semin still remains unsigned more than three weeks after the beginning of NHL Free Agency.
Semin has put up some good numbers during his NHL career, but he still has yet to join a club for the upcoming season. With many big names already off the board, Semin becomes one of the top players still available this offseason.
In his NHL career, Semin has 408 points in 469 games. He has scored 211 goals, including a 40-goal season in 2009-10. Semin played well throughout his career in Washington but was often considered "The Other Alex" after being overshadowed by countryman Alexander Ovechkin.
The 28-year-old Russian is likely looking for a long-term deal that will guarantee solid money throughout the rest of his career, and few have come calling.
Carolina seems to be ready to sign Semin, but they are only working on a one-year contract with the winger, according to the News & Observer.
While Semin is not getting what he is looking for in Carolina, he should jump on the opportunity to play for the Hurricanes.
Semin does not have a very good reputation around the NHL and has struggled to embrace the English language. Because of this, it seems that many teams have avoided adding him as a centerpiece for their future.
Semin could go to the KHL for a long-term deal worth plenty of money, but the road back to the NHL would be difficult if he takes that route.
Carolina gives Semin an audition to the world to show what he can do. Playing alongside major contributors like Jordan Staal and Eric Staal will help Semin prove that he can play well in the NHL.
If he is willing to work and embrace the team for one season, Semin could easily segue a one-year stint with the Canes to a long-term deal somewhere in the NHL.
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