NHL: What Acquiring Alexander Semin Means to Carolina Hurricanes

Amy StreiferCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07:  John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammate Alexander Semin #28 after scoring a goal in the third period against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Each offseason, free agents come and go. Alexander Semin was one of the most talked-about free agents this year, and the Carolina Hurricanes were the team that landed the 28-year-old Russian native.

The Hurricanes had a dismal 2011-2012 season and finished at the bottom of the Southeast Conference with only 33 wins. With the addition of Semin, the Hurricanes might not only find themselves improved from last season, but they may in fact become playoff contenders. 

The one-year, $7 million deal for Semin might be Carolina's way of testing the waters and seeing exactly what the former Capital is capable of next season. 

Since 2006-2007, Semin has averaged 31.2 goals and 33.2 assists. He is a tough player, aggressive on the ice and has a laser shot with impressive stick-handling skills. The Hurricanes can only expect things to improve with this young man added to the roster. 

Carolina must play better, and acquiring Semin was a very smart move. He will be surrounded by Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner, two players that can produce. 

The Hurricanes have missed the playoffs for three straight years, so with the addition of Semin, they are hoping for some playoff minutes.

Despite being absent in the postseason, Carolina has remained a top-10 team in goals scored since 2007-2008. Unfortunately for Carolina hockey fans, their team hasn't been able to prove successful after the regular season.

Only time will tell what Alexander Semin will do for the Hurricanes, but he will most likely be the offensive boost the team needs to promise themselves a postseason run.