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Carolina Signs Semin For 1 Year, $7M

RALEIGH, NC – 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 on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Semin $7 million for the 2012-13 season.

“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 Rutherford. “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.”

“I’m very happy to be a Carolina Hurricane,” said Semin. “It’s a great fit for me. I look forward to playing with great players, and putting together a winning season.”

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Savage Henry's avatar

$7M?  Glad The Wings didn’t sign him if this was going to be the price.

Posted by Savage Henry on 07/26/12 at 05:29 PM ET

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Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 07/26/12 at 05:30 PM ET


$7M?  Glad The Wings didn’t sign him if this was going to be the price.

Posted by Savage Henry on 07/26/12 at 03:29 PM ET

It’s one year, the Red Wings have the money and more than have the cap space and they have nothing else to spend it on. What the heck would it have mattered had they spent it on a player of this “price” rather than nothing?

Good signing for the Canes. High price tag, but there’s a high reward to go along with it. And if he doesn’t work out (which is a distinct possibility), Carolina just parts ways with him at the end of the year and forgets about him. Stylistically, he might mesh with Skinner, too. Excellent work by Rutherford.

Posted by Larry from pitt on 07/26/12 at 05:34 PM ET

Ajax19's avatar

I agree with Larry.  Cap space isn’t rollover minutes.  By not spending this year’s cap space your team doesn’t get any advantage.  The Wings had ample space to absorb this kind of one year deal, just like they did when they signed Hossa back in 2009.

I would have done it.

Posted by Ajax19 on 07/26/12 at 05:36 PM ET


Are you unemployed? Call the Red Wings, and someone else will hire you in a week.

Posted by Herm from the office on 07/26/12 at 05:38 PM ET

detroitredwings's avatar

So much for “Datsyuk - Semin” chemistry talk:(

Posted by detroitredwings on 07/26/12 at 05:41 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Isn’t Carolina one of the teams getting revenue sharing? If so, no wonder they signed him to a large contract…

Posted by TheFreak on 07/26/12 at 05:42 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

I meant to say,  isn’t Carolina getting subsidized by other NHL teams…

Posted by TheFreak on 07/26/12 at 05:43 PM ET

John W.'s avatar

Hope it’s worth waiting for Doan to not sign with the Wings while the only other top 6 forward signs elsewhere, Kenny.  Guess he’s REALLY banking on other teams having to dump salary with a cap rollback.  Problem is, it’s not exactly top 6 forwards that these teams will be dumping, it’s overpaid 3rd/4th line players.  Shame is, adding a 2nd year for Semin probably would have gotten him for a lot cheaper (rumored he wanted 2 years for 10M). 

I don’t get it, you’re willing to trade 2 core players, picks, and prospects for Nash, yet won’t go after a guy who has put up equal or better numbers consistently that costs nothing but the money to sign him, of which there is plenty.  But you never know, Scott Gomez might be available if there is a contact amnesty with the new CBA…

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 07/26/12 at 05:48 PM ET

detroitredwings's avatar

is it too late for Holland to retire and hire Yzerman instead?

Posted by detroitredwings on 07/26/12 at 05:54 PM ET

Ducksworth's avatar

Wow talk about overpayment…

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 07/26/12 at 05:55 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

7Mil? Jeebus!

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/26/12 at 05:59 PM ET


I think this is bad news for the Caps.  They went out and got a center for their second line, but now have no one to play on the wing and score goals.  Also, I bet Semin has a great year as he’ll have a legitimate NHL center with which to play.(they’ll probably give him an appropriate amount of time on the PP too).  Facing the Caps 6 times this year, he might become a “cap killer.”

Posted by Greg on 07/26/12 at 06:06 PM ET

DocF's avatar

Well, the Hurricanes have a lot of experience with under-performing enigmas.  They have overpaid Eric Staal for years and gotten mixed results at best.  Now they have Semin to contend with.  It will be interesting, indeed.


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 07/26/12 at 06:10 PM ET


Great signing!

Semin is player that greatly improves your chances of making the playoffs. Carolina is a bubble team that is focusing on making the payoffs. A term of only one year keep the player hungry and gives the team flexibility in the future.

Therefore, great signing!

Posted by ass moses on 07/26/12 at 06:16 PM ET

Neznarf's avatar

1 yr deal. Really wish some more info will come out regarding WHY the wings didn’t sign this guy for the same deal. Makes no sense.

Posted by Neznarf on 07/26/12 at 07:07 PM ET


Really wish some more info will come out regarding WHY the wings didn’t sign this guy for the same deal.

People have reported a number of times that the Wings aren’t really interested in him, and the reason is that he’s a flake with no heart and they already have one of those signed to an 11-year contract.

Posted by Garth on 07/26/12 at 09:02 PM ET

SYF's avatar

They can have ‘em.  I’d rather see Holland make a move to shore up our defense.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/26/12 at 09:40 PM ET


.....hell, i’d have done that 2yr/10 mil deal in a minute…...i’m beginning to notice that the king of g.m.‘s has no clothes on…..this is a TOTAL fumble by kenny….what the fok can he say to defend himself ??....i will predict the miss on doan as FACT in advance…..i’m no chicken little, but master chief called this one three weeks ago…..ptui… that tastes awful….

...while i don’t expect the wheel to sink to the bottom of the pool…..this not a bad team….but, goddamn, kenny sure could have improved this team by grabbing semin, perceived baggage and all….

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 07/26/12 at 09:58 PM ET


7 million a year for 10 years would be overpayment. This is a great signing.

Posted by Tiger Al on 07/26/12 at 11:25 PM ET

Faux Rumors's avatar

1) Carolina fans will undoubtedly find out what caps are experts on: “The Semin Enigma”  On the same shift he can make the most dazzling stick handling move then seconds later take a lazy hookig penalty
2) He can thread the needle with his amazing wrist shot, but seldomly gets in on the net.  He possesses oodles of talent, but displays it 20% of the time. He’s no longer an unknown young player with ‘potential’.  He’s 28, and what you’ve seen is what you’re gonna get!  Probably 25-30 goals and 50-60 points (along with 20-25 offensive zone stick restraining fouls)

Posted by Faux Rumors from Globally- Here, there, Everywhere on 07/27/12 at 10:53 AM ET


Who would have thought Carolina would be full of overpaid players rivaling the Rangers???? At least only one year so maybe Semin might actually “try”.....

Either way, makes for an interesting season unless a lockout happens…............

Posted by Stats Professor on 07/28/12 at 06:23 PM ET

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