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‘Canes GM Francis says Semin will be ready for training camp

Aug 20, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT

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Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis could’ve been worried about a report saying Alexander Semin returned to the United States to rehab from offseason wrist surgery. Instead all may not be as bad as it appears.

Francis gave an update on what’s up with Semin to the Hurricanes’ website and made it clear that things aren’t very bad off with the Russian sniper.

“My understanding was that he was coming back to train,” Francis said. “He’s training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told.”

Francis added that based on the information he has on Semin, he’ll be 100 percent ready for the start of training camp. That will be a relief to Hurricanes fans who got a scare that he may not be ready for the start of camp.

Semin, 30,  had 22 goals and 42 points in 65 games. He’ll be entering the second year of his five-year, $35 million deal with Carolina this season.

  1. lowenni - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Semin is one of the most talented players in this league. As someone who watched him for years with the Caps, I swear to you, if he had wanted to, Alex Semin could have been one of the top-3 forwards in the NHL. His skill, shot, and vision are absolutely dazzling at points, but that seems to have fizzled away with criticism, lack of success, and changes in his career. There were flashes of his brilliance during the lockout season when he and Eric Staal were on fire, but this season was very disappointing, In the end, his whole career might be called a disappointment, because he doesn’t have the drive that elite forwards do. He’s essentially this generation’s Alexei Kovalev. I really don’t think he doesn’t care though, I think he wants to win, I just can’t figure him out. He is truly the definition of an enigma in sports. Good luck to him, however, although we boo him at the Verizon Center, I and a few other Caps fans for some reason dream about him coming back to the Caps and tearing it up with Ovi and Backstrom again.

    • bethgoesglobal - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      I feel exactly the same way. I love what Semin can do when he’s really “ON”. So freaking talented, wicked wrist shot. I can’t figure him out either. When it was clear that he was heading out of DC I hoped that the Wild (my newish home team) would have picked him up. Granted the Wild have changed A Lot since then and I don’t see him here anymore, but I had hoped that a change of atmosphere would have done the trick. I still hope that he will find success and make all those nay-say-ers eat their words. :)

    • desertfan - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:32 AM

      A frinkin commie with a huge contract.

      What more do you want to know????

  2. blomfeld - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    BEER, TRUCKS AND SUCH AS …

    May God bless the Hurricanes and the `hockey mad`Carolinas !

  3. redscarfunion - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    How is this news?

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