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July 26, 2012 | 2:30pm ET
Semin signs 1-year, $7 million deal
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed unrestricted free agent right wing Alexander Semin to a one-year, $7 million contract.

Semin, 28, completed his seventh NHL season in 2011-12, ranking second among Washington Capitals skaters in goals (21), assists (33) and points (54), and tied for fourth in plus/minus (+9).

"We have done a lot of research about Alexander, and discussions about his fit with our team have included people at many different levels of our organization, including players, coaches and staff," said Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford. "What's been clear throughout this process was his commitment to wanting to play in the NHL, and compete against the world's best players.

"Alexander's elite skill level and ability to score from the wing fill an important need on the ice, and we hope that a fresh start in Carolina will serve both Alexander and our team well."

The Krasnoyarsk, Russia, native has totaled 197 goals, 211 assists (408 points) and 450 penalty minutes in 469 career regular-season games with the Capitals.

Semin was drafted by Washington in the first round, 13th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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