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Report: Hurricanes “still interested” in signing Semin for one year

Jul 20, 2012, 9:42 PM EDT

The Carolina Hurricanes already admitted that they’re interested in signing Alexander Semin “on a short-term basis.” Two weeks passed since that news surfaced, yet Chip Alexander reports that Canes GM Jim Rutherford continues to search for a top-six forward and specifically hopes to add Semin via a one-year deal.

Rutherford apparently has had “several discussions” with Semin’s agent, according to Alexander. He wasn’t so positive about the team’s chances of adding Shane Doan, however.


(Alexander also passes along word that the Hurricanes want to add a “tough guy” for their fourth line.)

Eric Staal recently said that Carolina could be “one elite forward” away from being a top team in the East. Semin has plenty of detractors, yet he also has three 34+ goal seasons – and almost 200 career goals – to his name. After adding Eric’s brother Jordan Staal, Semin could add a very different element to the mix (including a dangerous right-handed shot).

  1. ludacrish05 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    He needs to stay here in Washington!

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Mercy me who could have ever foreseen this happening to Semin despite his ability to score goals?
    Just a few of us non kool-aid drinkin’ actually hockey watching types. LordFletcher I think was always on board to the reality of Semin as a FA, a few others.

    The best teams in the league are taking a pass on Semin and now he’s left pan-handling other clubs in hopes of a 2 year deal and he can’t even get that.

    Do you see now?
    Alexander Semin in Free agent form, do you see?
    Alexander Semin changing, do you see?
    Alexander Semin reborn, do you see?

  3. windmiller4 - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    The canes could become a very dangerous team if they add semin. Him and a good role playing fourth liner could spell a deep playoff run for carolina

  4. ray2013 - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    I’d like to see him sign for a year in Calgary. They are consistently one of the lowest scoring teams in the league. They’re not going anywhere without more goals. Plus Semin is on a short leash. If he wants that mega-contract in the NHL, he’s going to have to smarten up for a season. In Calgary, they’d give him every chance to score goals.

  5. nspatriot - Jul 21, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    Sign this one year deal and and eat crow. Get back in the good graces of the league by proving people wrong. Cash in the year after. Or turtle and except the fact that your a headliner in the KHL.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      He has signed 1 year deals the past 2 seasons and had a chance to make people eat crow….
      How has that worked out so far?

      Headliner in the KHL sounds about right

      • nspatriot - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Sometimes a change of scenery is needed. Is he better suited for the KHL ? For sure. Three strikes your out maybe ?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        It would be something else if that was the case and he finally gets it. Of course changes in coaches, systems and benchings haven’t had an effect. So I have my doubts

  6. nspatriot - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    That is why I would take my one year contact with the canes. Less pressure and feed off of the Staal brothers. I think the talent is there. The mind set is not.

  7. trish49 - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    comon, alex, sign with the canes..

  8. londonfletcher - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    I don’t know whether or not I would mind seeing him leave DC, but he needs to get his locker room presence under control. You only hear negative things about him and how he “doesn’t care”, yet he goes out and plays like a top 10 guy when he’s on. He’s been one of my favorite Caps over the past few years, but this off-season is changing my mind.

  9. londonfletcher - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    ..but if he does sign with the Canes, I’ll be booing him for years to come.

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