February 20, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin (28) against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Capitals 5-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

Hurricane Alex: Carolina Signs Alexander Semin To 1-Year, $7 Million Contract

Alexander Semin will join the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012-13, as the club adds yet another star to a suddenly potent lineup.

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Carolina Hurricanes Wisely Take The Alexander Semin Plunge

Seven million dollars for Alex Semin? Indeed. Combined with the addition of Jordan Staal, the Hurricanes are likely to see this as money well spent.

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Carolina Hurricanes Sign Alexander Semin To 1-Year Deal

Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said last week that he was working towards a one-year deal with free agent forward Alexander Semin. He got it done. The team announced Thursday afternoon that they have indeed signed Semin for one season, guaranteeing six matchups in the division against his former team, the Washington Capitals. That should be fun for everybody.

"We have done a lot of research about Alexander, and discussions about his fit with our team have included people at many different levels of our organization, including players, coaches and staff," said Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford in a statement. "What's been clear throughout this process was his commitment to wanting to play in the NHL, and compete against the world's best players.

"Alexander's elite skill level and ability to score from the wing fill an important need on the ice, and we hope that a fresh start in Carolina will serve both Alexander and our team well."

Semin's contract is worth $7 million over the course of that one season, $300,000 more than he earned on a one-year deal with the Capitals last season. Reputation aside, Semin's addition gives Carolina another dangerous weapon in a suddenly star-studded lineup.

For more on the Hurricanes, check in with Canes Country.

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Alex Semin Hasn't Made Decision On NHL Free Agency, According To Report

Despite a report in which Alexander Semin's agent said he was ready to test NHL free agency, the Russian forward told Sovetsky Sport that no decision has been made as of yet and that he's yet to talk with the Washington Capitals about a potential return. Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy translated the Sovetsky Sport report:

"This is all just talk. Words can get twisted. There was no talk at all that I am not going to sign with the Capitals for sure. I have not talked to them [the Capitals] about leaving. And please don't ask me questions about the next season anymore."

Chesnokov also reports that Semin and his agent talked prior to the end of the season, and that the decision was to simply wait and see how the cards played out early in this offseason regarding, well, basically everything: The coaching situation in D.C., any other possible changes in management, and of course, the pending collective bargaining talks between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association.

Of course, with the initial news on this story coming from an agent, there's always the possibility that he was posturing a bit, trying to get more teams interested in Semin's potential availability.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Alexander Semin To Test Market, Says Agent

Unhappy with his role in Washington, Alexander Semin will test free agency this summer, according to his agent.

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