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Mercurial money: ‘Canes extend Semin — five years, $35 million

Mar 25, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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The Carolina Hurricanes have inked Alex Semin to a five-year, $35 million contract extension, the club announced on Monday.

“We’re very happy to retain Alex,” said ‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford. “Alex is an elite player and has been a major contributor to the Hurricanes having a very strong top line.”

Semin, 29, inked a one-year, $7 million deal with Carolina last summer after spending the entirety of his career in Washington.

While there was no denying his offensive talent, questions about his attitude and desire left him untouched on the open market before the ‘Canes offered a short-term “prove it” deal.

He’s certainly done that.

The Russian winger has emerged as a point-a-game guy in Carolina, teaming up with Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty to form one of the league’s most potent offensive lines.

Semin has 8G-22A-30PTS in 30 games this year, tied for 20th overall in league scoring while Staal sits seventh overall with 35 points. Tlusty is tied for 22nd in goals, with 13.

Semin’s deal is just the latest in Carolina’s spend-happy ways dating back to last January.

The spending starting with Tim Gleason (four years, $16 million) and extended to Tuomo Ruutu (four years, $19 million) Jeff Skinner (six years, $34.35 million) and Jordan Staal (10 years, $60 million).

  1. rsl22 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    With a legit center, Semin is lethal. Not surprising he’s playing great hockey.

    Playing with Chimera and Perreault last year for the Caps, he made those two look like all-stars. This year, they can barely stay in the lineup.

    If he got that kind of $$ and term, you can pretty much guarantee that Ribeiro will expect something pretty similar…so expect Ribeiro to be traded next week.

    • bcsteele - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Ribeiro wont bring quite that. He’s four years older and therefore doesn’t have as much left in the tank. While I agree he’ll bring some money I don’t see him getting what Semin got. But then again, I’ve seen worse deals so who knows.

      • rsl22 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        I agree it won’t be $7MM/year, but a) Ribeiro wants 5 years (which is 1-2 too many), and b) he probably is expecting at least some sort of raise of his current $5MM/year.

        If the Caps could get him for three years at $5.5MM/year, that’d be great…..going beyond, I think too steep for a 10th place team.

        He’s a much better player than Brendan Morrow, with over 20 more points this year. Morrow brought back a pick and solid prospect. There’s a real healthy bounty to be reaped by trading Ribeiro.

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      He played one period of every game for four seasons with Backstrom and Ovechkin. I guess that wasn’t good enough talent around him

      • rsl22 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        He played almost all of last year with Chimera and Mathieu Perreault. Those two combined for 36 goals, and a +13 rating last season. This year, they have 6 goals, and -3 rating. Over the course of a full season, they are on pace for well less than half their production from last year, and a much worse +/- rating.

        When he played primarily with OV and Backstrom in 2009-10, he had 40 goals and 84 points.

        In other words, keep playing him with solid players, and Canes fans will be just fine with him.

    • blackfoot11 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      Ribeiro is not getting traded, and will be re-signed. Bank on that. He is a legit 2nd centerman that the Caps have been searching for. He will be around until the Caps can groom the young bucks in the system.

      • rsl22 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        I’m not holding my breath on that one….but would be pretty happy to see that happen.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Canes Fans will be sick of him by year three

    • packerswin96 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      They will be sick of him by the middle of next season, he has his money now, they will be lucky if he shows up the rest of this season.

      • JoeAvg - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        This is just what I was was thinking. He’s quite a talent but with his motivation now gone he may well become disinterested. For the Cane’s sake I hope I’m wrong but I have a feeling they’re going to be sorry they inked this deal.

  3. packerswin96 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Rutherford has to go, obviously he is suffering from some brain disease! Unfreakingbelievable

  4. Stiller43 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Rsl,

    While its technically true morrow got a pick and a prospect, dallas sent their 3rd rounder (and morrow) to pitt for pitts 5th rounder (and the D morrow).

    So, in actuality, he received less than one prospect (and forget the picks).

    • rsl22 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Ribeiro gets Caps more than Morrow gets Dallas. I’d expect at least a solid prospect and a first-rounder to be demanded.

  5. gamechanger87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Doesn’t retaining semin cause blue marbles?

  6. gamechanger87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    And if hero Shero felt like keepin Staal around he wuld have, but he saw in his crystal ball that ol Jordie wasn’t in the team’s 2013 Cup picture taken on June 15th, so he left him along the road like a dead lummix.

  7. hockeydon10 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Stats prove that he makes his linemates better, no matter who he’s paired with. Check out this in-depth analysis:

    http://www.anguscertified.com/alexander-semin-and-ignoring-the-10-percent/

    • JoeAvg - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      I remember that article and I was impressed after reading it. But when a player gets a reputation, deserved or not, there is always some sort of basis for it. Time will tell I suppose.

      • hockeydon10 - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Sure. Maybe it does. I can’t argue with that.

        I was living around DC in 2009-2010 so I ended up watching quite a few Caps games. (Not a fan mind you, but not much other hockey to watch in that area of the country.) It seems that it all started because of this perceived lack of effort. It was like he wasn’t trying as hard as the grinders; not skating as hard or whatever. At the time it crossed my mind that maybe the guy has enough raw natural athleticism that he makes it look effortless.

        While I’m not ready to call Semin a great player, it’s easy to point out how the greatest players all had the ability to make it look effortless. Gretzky didn’t look like a fast skater, but he would win races to the puck. Lemieux was notorious for not conditioning like the other players (his back, his smoking), yet made it look easy. Lidstrom made average defense partners look like great players (or very, very good players).

        The other impression I got was that the guy is just a little… off. I’m not sure how else to put it. Weird sense of humor sort of stuff. Didn’t fit in 100% with some of the other players. “Enigmatic” was a good term for him.

        Now, put those together and let Mike Milbury or Don Cherry comment on it and, as I’m sure you can agree, those two will make a mountain out of a mole hill.

      • JoeAvg - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Good points and well taken. I hope it works for them – I kinda like the Cane’s. But the contract just gives that “gut feeling”. Know what I mean?

  8. rsl22 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Mike Milbury just said it was a terrible signing on NBC Sports.

    In other words, Canes must have just made a brilliant move.

    • kyzslew77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      If Semin’s name was actually Alexander Stevens and he born in Ontario, Milbury would be saying it’s a great signing

      • rsl22 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        Alexander Semin sounds an awful lot like Alexei Yashin….MM must be having flashbacks about his disastrous career as a GM.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Yeah Milbury would know about terrible signings. The moves he made set the Islanders back 10 years. Atleast. I like this deal. The Canes have a dangerous top-6 forward group and an all-star goalie. If they can add a top 4 dman and have Cam Ward come back healthy then watch out. And as long as Semin plays like he has this year they will be the class of the Southeast over the next few years.

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        Dont forget re-alignment starts next season. The SE division is dead after this year.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        OH that’s right, I completely forgot. My bad. But they’ll still be a dangerous team. They just won’t be able to dominate their new division like they could have done in the old southeast.

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        Will be fun having the old Patrick Division back together, plus the ‘Canes. Looking forward to the Caps re-establishing the old rivalries.

  9. jakreidler - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    So wait, it isn’t a joke? Why does the caption say it’s a joke? Is it a joke that it’s a joke? I don’t get it.

    • Ross Hollebon - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      I see it on TSN.ca as well

  10. Ross Hollebon - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Good for Semin. I’m a Caps fan who really likes him, but thought it was probably the right thing to give him a fresh start somewhere else. He could take some infuriating minor penalties at crucial times, but he also had some really memorable goals and was a big part of some of the Caps best years ever.

    Congrats Sasha and I wish you great success (except at the expense of the Caps).

  11. terminalcityhockey - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Canes Owner: I can’t believe you got the Sedins at 7 million a year. What a steal.

    Canes GM: Uh….. About that….

    • valoisvipers - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      He does have more points than either twin.

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