Carolina Hurricanes Agree on One-Year Deal with Alexander Semin

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 26, 2012

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals takes a shot as Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins defends in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Carolina Hurricanes added another quality forward to their roster in the form of free-agent left winger Alexander Semin.

According to the team's official website, the 28-year-old Russian veteran will be donning a Hurricanes uniform in 2012-13:

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with left wing Alexander Semin (SEH-min) on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Semin $7 million for the 2012-13 season.

Earlier in the offseason, Semin was expected to command more than a one-year contract, but the Hurricanes played the waiting game and benefited from it.

A one-year, $7 million deal for a player who has averaged 58 points per season over seven years is a small price to pay. Well, $7 million is nothing for Semin to shake a stick at, but the Hurricanes were able to avoid locking up their finances in a long-term commitment.

Semin scored 21 goals and racked up 33 assists for the Washington Capitals last season, tying a career-high in games played with 77.

He isn't likely to match his 2009-10 campaign in which he put up 84 points, but he has been the picture of consistency over the last half-decade, scoring at least 25 goals in five of the last six seasons.

The Hurricanes signed Jordan Staal to a 10-year deal after acquiring him from the Pittsburgh Penguins less than a month ago. The two newcomers will provide a much-needed boost to an offense that looked anemic at times last year, finishing 16th in the NHL in goals per game.

Carolina is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2011-12 season in which the club finished last in the Southeast Division and 10 points shy of making the playoffs.

Semin will certainly help the cause.