Dec 26, 2011; Buffalo, NY, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin (28) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Capitals 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

Can Canes Win With Alex Semin?

A week has passed and the Hurricanes are still looking for a  top six scorer for Eric Staal. Plan A ended very quickly when Zach Parise said no to Peter Karmanos money. For the next four days Canes fans debated the prospect of Rick Nash coming to Raleigh. As I wrote last Wednesday, I don’t see how the Canes have enough to get a guy like Nash. Plus it kinda bothers me that Nash would have to be “talked into” coming to Raleigh. I hate casting stones but he’s played in Columbus, Ohio his whole career (sorry K P). He could do a lot worse than going to the rink in January and not have to clean the ice off  his Escalade. So Jim Rutherford goes to plan C. The name in the news the last few days is enigmatic winger Alex Semin.

My first reaction to Semin was H#&& and no! I have never liked Semin. Some of it has to do with playing for the Capitals. I don’t like the Canes to ever lose, but it always leaves me in a sour mood watching a loss to the Capitals. They have more “glass banging” fans per capita than any team in the NHL. That drives me nuts. And of course they have been better than the Hurricanes since 2008 when they won the Southeast on the last day of the season. I have always viewed Semin as a soft player. A guy who floats in games and cherry picks on a regular basis. I figured the Caps would never win with a guy like this. In fact I was worried this past playoffs when it looked like Washington had finally found a coach who had them playing a brand of hockey that could win in the playoffs  and a goaltender they could win with.  Getting rid of Semin would make them even better. The fact  they traded for the Greg Louganis of the NHL, Mike Rabeiro , and Dale Hunter said no thanks to coaching them should mean they will be back at their underachieving  best. If for no other reason, the video below would explain my feelings for a guy like Semin.


Just embarrassing. But as I took off my Canes glasses, I began to see a guy who is the most talented free agent left on the market. This is a guy that has killed the Canes over the years. The last two years he has scored 49 goals. Both are considered down for a guy with his talent. His first two years in the league Semin was a -25 player. Since then he is +92. Even his critics credited him for his play in this years playoffs. The guy is a very skilled player. Check out the 2.38 mark.

Wow! But is this a guy you can win with? Jim Rutherford has said that the Canes might be interested in Semin for a short term deal. The key to whether Semin could work in Raleigh might be Kirk Muller. Is this the kind of player that Coach Kirk and the staff could get the most out of?  Would coming to Raleigh and having the chance to play against his former team be the prescription that Semin needs to return to the 35-40 goal scorer he was just three years ago? Would he be on a mission to shut Marc Crawford and Pierre McGuire up?  I’m not saying that this is the guy to put the Hurricanes over the top. I am saying that Caniacs should not be so quick to discard the idea of Semin playing in Raleigh. Maybe he is that slap fighting flouter that can bring crowds to there feet with his skill, or maybe he’s a guy who needs a fresh start.

Thanks for reading. You may follow CardiacCane on Facebook and Twitter: @CardiacCane, @Caniac176, @Caniac_John, and @PJT_Caniac.

Tags: Alexander Semin Carolina Hurricanes Columbus Columbus Blue Jackets Dale Hunter Eric Staal Free Agency Greg Louganis Jim Rutheford Kirk Muller Marc Crawford Mike Ribeiro Ohio Peter Karmanos Jr. Rick Nash Washington Capitals

  • JJ932

    First of all, you spelled Mike RIBERIO wrong, and then spelled ‘considered’ wrong. And then you say the caps are the ones underachieving when the canes are the one who are at the bottom of the southeast while the caps made it to the second round of the playoffs? The article is idiotic.

    • Sluv

      Don’t be so sensitive. All the guy was saying is that your fans are douche bags and your team sucks. P.S. I’m glad you’re educated. Now go find some glass and have a slap fight with it.

      • JJ932

        @Sluv Okay and go watch your canes continue to be bottom dwellers in the division, and blow their future on another crappy staal player

        • Sluv

          @JJ932 Yeah, those crappy Staals. Stay educated!

  • jason12345

    Pretty horrible article to read, very opinionated, spelling mistakes,and dont be mad because caps fans “bang on the glass” because they have somthing to be passionate about, not a team that is horrible, at least caps fans are well educated also.

  • @PJT_Caniac

    I apologize to all Michael Tavares Ribeiro fans and to Mrs. Philpott, my high school English teacher. I’m not writing about the Capitals. They took a big step forward these past playoffs. If they can find the middle ground between run and gun and Dale Hunter hockey, they’ll be hard to handle.

  • GeekJockBlog

    @CardiacCaneFS @fansided @Pjt_caniac If he truly was offered 3 yr 10 mil per from a KHL club he needs to go. No one in NHL is that dumb

  • CardiacCaneFS

    First, thank you for reading and hope everyone is enjoying their summer. As Editor of Cardiac Cane I wanted to jump in on the conversation. This is a Hurricanes blog written by Canes fan, therefore Canes thoughts and opinions. We are not paid writers. We write because it is fun and we love our team as you do. Banter between team fans is one of the many enjoyable aspects of sports. However, if you don’t like our opinion than check out our sister site for commentary that is more to your liking. Look forward to some friendly chirping when the season starts. -KP

  • anonymousj

    With what’s left out in the free agency market, JR should seriously consider signing him.   The guy has skills and that’s undeniable.  I would like to think between Coach Muller, Gleason, Ward and the Staals that he wouldn’t cause any locker room issues.  It’d be a gamble but it could pay back huge returns if he fits in and could play with Eric.  That would allow us to slot Jordan in the 2nd line center role where I think he should be.