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Report: Hurricanes “still interested” in signing Semin for one year

New York Rangers v Washington Capitals - Game Three

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals controls the puck against the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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The Carolina Hurricanes already admitted that they’re interested in signing Alexander Semin “on a short-term basis.” Two weeks passed since that news surfaced, yet Chip Alexander reports that Canes GM Jim Rutherford continues to search for a top-six forward and specifically hopes to add Semin via a one-year deal.

Rutherford apparently has had “several discussions” with Semin’s agent, according to Alexander. He wasn’t so positive about the team’s chances of adding Shane Doan, however.



(Alexander also passes along word that the Hurricanes want to add a “tough guy” for their fourth line.)

Eric Staal recently said that Carolina could be “one elite forward” away from being a top team in the East. Semin has plenty of detractors, yet he also has three 34+ goal seasons - and almost 200 career goals - to his name. After adding Eric’s brother Jordan Staal, Semin could add a very different element to the mix (including a dangerous right-handed shot).