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.
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