The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed Alexander Semin to a 5 year $35 million contract extension. Semin signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Hurricanes last off-season after spending 7 seasons with the Washington Capitals.
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is glad to have signed Semin to a deal:
“It’s hard to get elite players in this league, and when you look at Alex’s numbers and compare them to the elite players, his numbers season after season are very strong,” Rutherford said. “It puts an elite player in the lineup for the next five years, and makes a real strong number one line with Eric and Jiri.”
In the 30 games he has played this season Semin leads the team with 22 assists. He is second on the team in points with 30 and in plus/minus with +18. With Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty on the first line, they have collectively had 35 goals and 52 assists. Semin is definitely happy in Carolina:
“I love this city. I love the fans. In a short time, I have grown very close with my teammates, coaches and staff in Carolina,” Semin relayed to Canes television analyst Tripp Tracy.
This was a great move by the Hurricanes. Semin has definitely made their team better, so having him on for another 5 years will be great for the future.