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Canes believe Semin will be ready for training camp

Jul 12, 2014, 8:11 PM EDT

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As much as things have changed for the Carolina Hurricanes, one rather simple hope remains: the team is crossing its fingers for better injury luck.

Alexander Semin knows that well, and with offseason wrist surgery in mind, he remains a health question mark heading into next season. The latest update is positive and in line with that earlier prognosis: it appears that the 30-year-old sniper should be good to go for Hurricanes training camp.

That’s the word from new GM Ron Francis to the Raleigh News & Observer (more precisely, Francis said he’s “progressing as expected”).

It was an up-and-down season for the Russian winger, as he managed a respectable 20 goals and 42 points in 65 games, which was admittedly a step down from his point-per-game debut season with Carolina.

The Hurricanes likely hope for Semin to regain that elite scoring touch from his best years with the Washington Capitals, although it stands to mention that he hasn’t passed the 30-goal mark in some time (he hit 40 in 2009-10 but hasn’t topped the 28 he scored in 2010-11 since).

Time isn’t kind to most NHL snipers, yet Semin hasn’t ever played in more than 77 regular season games in a single season. If he can get a few more health-related breaks, the Hurricanes would see some very nice benefits, especially if that vaunted shot isn’t limited by a wonky wrist.

  1. ludacrish05 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Come back to DC semin

  2. 950003cups - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    “especially if that vaunted Semen shot isn’t limited by a wonky wrist.”

    TMI

  3. raleighcaniac - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    He’s definitely an introvert but seems well liked in Canes country. Has shown phenomenal playmaking skills and even with a bad wrist he showed he still has ‘the shot.’ Has a great career plus/minus stays out of the press etc.Maybe healthy he hits the 35/40 goal mark with as many assists.

    The way Caps fans ran him out of town still seems odd based on his scoring 197 goals for them.

    • 950003cups - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Add to that his ability to drop the gloves

      • raleighcaniac - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Yeah that was pretty comical but look further in the video and watch Marc Staal he was brutally weak on his skates ‘defending’ himself against Semins ‘onslaught.’

      • 950003cups - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        That’s the best part. Not that Semin fought like a 4th grade school girl, but that Staal lost that fight!!! Lol

    • dipthatchip - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      I for one didn’t hate Semin as a Capital, but I’ll be damned if he didn’t repeatedly take the awful offensive zone penalties and seem aloof for a lot of games played.

      When he’s on, he can win a game by himself. Problem being, he’s rarely on.

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