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Sochi bound: Semin added to Russian Olympic team

Jan 21, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT


After initially being snubbed, Alex Semin is going to the Olympics.

The Carolina winger has been added as an injury replacement for the Russian team headed to Sochi, the ‘Canes announced on Tuesday. Semin will replace veteran forward Sergei Soin, who was lost to a knee injury while playing for KHL club CSKA Moscow last week.

Semin, 29, has been productive since returning from a concussion earlier this season, and has 11 points in his last 12 games. That said, he was taken to task by ‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford over the weekend, as Rutherford said Semin “needs to get his act going,” and questioned his “will do to well.”

Semin has represented Russia in a number of international events, including two gold medal-winning teams at the World Championships (2008, ’12) and the ’10 Olympics in Vancouver.



  1. storminator16 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Jim Rutherford’s comments about Semin are kind of silly when you compare the poor starts Eric Staal seems to have every season and the fact Jordan Staal isn’t the player Rutherford “needs” him to be. With that said, Eric and Semin have been playing injured on/off this season. I rather hear the coaching staff’s take over the GM any day.

    Jim Rutherford is just trying to save face. He continually constructs poor teams and look to blame the players he put together. I’ll await his next “here, take this draft pick as well!” trade just to get rid of a player. Semin is the best player on the Canes, hands down. For Rutherford to give him the money he gave him, to call out Semin while not recognizing the Thunderbay Boys & Cam Wards faults are seriously laughable.

    • stepanup - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Semin is better than Eric Staal? Seriously? He plays with more flash so he may seem more “talented,” but there’s absolutely no way he’s a better players that Eric Staal.

      • storminator16 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Just my opinion but yes, he is a better player than Eric Staal. Hugely better defensive player, hugely better play maker. Half of Semin’s problem is the fact everyone wants him be a sniper but the guy’s vision is superb.

    • stepanup - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      I may have been distracted by that one line and missed your broader point. Yes, Rutherford has not built a complete team, and calling out your players generally is not a way to repair it. The blue line is Carolina is no where near complete enough to compete night in and night out.

      • storminator16 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        In my opinion, the blueline isn’t a problem. There are 5 players on that blue line that wasn’t here last season. It is a huge improvement.

      • storminator16 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Carolina’s problems are management/coaching issues. Could Carolina use another blue line? Sure. They can get in line with 30 other teams.

      • storminator16 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        …use another “blue liner”, not “blue line”.

    • lowenni - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      11 pts in his past 12 games does not make up for the very poor start to the season he had. He’s probably one of the top-4 most talented players in this league and should be a point-per-game player no matter what. The Staal’s seem like players who will take accountability and will realize if they’re playing poorly while I doubt Semin has done or said anything to improve. Rutherford’s comments are nothing new, Semin’s inconsistency is what will keep what could’ve been a hall-of-fame career remembered instead with the likes of the enigmatic Alexei Kovalev. He isn’t playing worth $7 mil right now.

      • lowenni - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        And although I agree he’s been better lately (not as good as Eric Staal, better than Jordan)…that’s why Rutherford said those comments.

      • storminator16 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        “The Staal’s seem like players who will take accountability and will realize if they’re playing poorly while I doubt Semin has done or said anything to improve.”

        I’m just not sure how anyone can just come to that conclusion.

      • lowenni - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        The way I came to that conclusion is that one of them is an alternate captain and was in Pittsburgh as well, and the other has been a captain for years. Semin, has never donned an “A” or “C” on his jersey, and there’s a reason behind that.

      • storminator16 - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        “and there’s a reason behind that.”

        Yeah, reasons:
        1> He doesn’t seem to be the vocal type.
        2> He isn’t from Thunder Bay.

    • storminator16 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Further food for thought:

  2. stcrowe - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    The problem with Semin is that you fall in love with his talent, but get frustrated and angry with his bouts of apathy. With his skill, he should be a top five scorer every year, but he disappears for long stretches.

    • storminator16 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      “Bouts of apathy”

      Proof of this?

  3. jpelle82 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    the guy has 34 pts in 43 games internationally and a couple gold medals. i would want him on my team. he plays better defense than ovechkin, malkin, kovalchuk, radulov, and others. he gives you more versatility because he can score and play a matchup game. if they want they can use him on a defensive line and penalty kills. playing in his home country on big ice is a perfect chance for semin to throw it in the critic’s faces

  4. lonespeed - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    The funny thing is….he’ll probably be in the top-2 lines. How do you leave a guy off the team who gets added and is one of your starting two lines?

    That having been said…I have a feeling they’ll look back on this and be very glad he was added. I expect Semin to be key to the Russian team.

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