Semin Signs in Carolina

(7/27/12)  One of the moves we've all be waiting for finally came down on Thursday.  Former Washington Capital Alex Semin is now a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, who brought him to town via a one-year, $7 million dollar contract.  Semin is a former 40 goal scorer (and twice more a 30+ goal scorer), but he's experienced two straight relatively down seasons and injury has slowed him up on a regular basis over the course of his career.

If the move pans out, Carolina is looking like the Minnesota of the East, as Semin represents the Hurricanes' second big offseason acquisition.  Semin (RW) joins Jordan Staal (C), who came to CAR from PIT in a trade for Brandon Sutter, and Eric Staal (LW) as a potentially lethal fantasy threat, especially on the PP.  

The one-year deal means Semin will be motivated to prove he deserves a long term contract somewhere in the NHL. It both rewards him for his past success, while reducing the risk for Carolina should Semin fail to live up to expectations.  It's boom or bust with this signing.  If nothing else, it's an interesting move that will add drama to the season.

In other news, the Ottawa Senators have bought out the contract of forward Bobby Butler.  Two seasons ago Butler was an up-and-comer with the Sens, but he clearly lost favor in 2011-12 and has now been eclipsed by multiple OTT prospects coming down the prospect pipe.

For a full list of all the signings so far this summer, click here.