Alexander Semin is trading one red jersey for another. The winger has signed a one-year deal worth $7 million with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, according to a tweet by Yahoo! Sports writer Dmitry Chesnokov.
My sourcewho is close to Semin on Semin signing w/ @NHLCanes: "It's true." So, Alexander Semin is set to play in Carolina next year.— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) July 26, 2012
The signing by Carolina ends a seven-year career marked by inconsistency, especially in the playoffs. In his NHL career he has scored 197 goals and 408 points but despite his offensive prowess, Semin could never seem to find any amount of consistent play. In the postseason, in 51 games he has only scored 15 goals and 19 assists.
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is plenty pleased with the signing.
We did a lot of research about Alexander. Discussions about his fit with our team included coaches, players & staff.— Jim Rutherford (@HurricanesGM) July 26, 2012
For his part, Semin is quoted in a Hurricanes press release as saying: "I'm very happy to be a Carolina Hurricane. It's a great fit for me. I look forward to playing with great players, and putting together a winning season."
Semin's departure now really shows that the Capitals are trying to get players on this team that will completely buy in to Adam Oates' new system.