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Semin’s first day in Carolina went very well

Jan 12, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

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It might take fans a while to get used to seeing Alexander Semin in a Carolina Hurricanes uniform. Now that training camps are about to open, he’s ready to start anew in Raleigh.

Chip Alexander from the News & Observer spoke with Semin (through his interpreter) at his first day at camp with his new team.

“Everything so far is good,” Semin said through his agent, Todd Diamond, who served as an interpreter. “Everything is new — the team, the area, the teammates. But so far everything is positive and I have very positive thoughts coming into the season.”

Positive thoughts are what the Hurricanes are hoping for this season with Semin in the lineup. That and a healthy pile-up of goals as well. Carolina adding Jordan Staal as well as Semin had them thinking about making a run into the playoffs before the season started.

With Tuomo Ruutu on the shelf until at least May thanks to hip surgery, getting the offense from Semin that we’ve seen in the past becomes all the more important.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Get used to him playing whenever he feels like it, Canes Fans

    • dcfan4life - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      And taking stupid penalties…

      • vbcaps - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        As a caps fan this was one of my biggest griefs with Semin, his little ticky tacky hooking penalties he would take at crucial times of the game would drive me crazy…most of them were because he was being lazy and not getting back fast enough to play defense

  2. husky2score - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Canes fans may love him now, but they are gonna hate him IF (big if) they make the playoffs.

    • tbrundage - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      We’ll take our chances with that. Going to especially love when he tears it up against the Caps. And that IF goes for every team – and our “IF” got a lot smaller this year.

  3. capsrockva - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    to tbrundage Semin plays when he wants to. He will probably want to play against the Caps but good luck with any other games

  4. wethog66 - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Sasha will do just fine in Carolina so long as he is allowed to go invisible for long stretches of games. That might not be a big factor with a shortened season, but he is truely a secondary option. Think of him in that way Canes fans and you’ll love him. That, and expect poorly timed stick penalties. Its what he does.

  5. uscthom78 - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    If you shake his hand, you are touching Semin.

  6. Jaja.. - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Wait a minute, Is he still having trouble to speak English after all those years in America ?

    • Jaja.. - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      *Quote tag edit:

      Chip Alexander from the News & Observer spoke with Semin (through his interpreter) at his first day at camp with his new team.

      Wait a minute, Is he still having trouble to speak English after all those years in America ?

  7. ffighter37 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    He still can’t speak English should tell you everything you need to know about his character and willingness to work. He could be great. He just doesn’t care. It’s sad.

    • Jaja.. - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:39 AM

      +1

      Look at that kiddo Washington drafted from Sweden , Forsberg he speaks better English than Ovechkin without ever been in the USA.
      It has everything to do with mentality and background.. Nobody cares if you don’t speak or write 100% perfect English if it’s not your first language but at least show some respect and change a bit to different cultures you’re living in.

      • vbcaps - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Yea i am excited about Forsberg, he played great in the world juniors

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