Carolina Hurricanes Agree on One-Year Deal with 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.
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