February 13, 2012; Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Hurricane Warning: Storm to Surge with Staal and Semin

Going into this offseason, Caniacs were hopeful GM Jim Rutherford was going to snag Zach Parise or Ryan Suter. Actually, JR was probably hopefully as well. Alas, Minnesota cashed in (literally) on those two big name free agents, but the Canes still managed to super-size their top six with the signing of Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin. The rumored Russian acquisition was formally announced Thursday afternoon.

Semin will get paid $7 million for a one-year contract. It’s nice to see JR upheld his promise to make some big moves this summer despite some snags in the plan. The addition of J. Staal and Semin have made Carolina team to contend with this season.

Twitter was all a whirl with tweets regarding #28’s move from the Capitals to the Canes. No, I’m not referring to the Semin jokes, rather some interesting stats…


The winger averaged 30 goals over the past six seasons with the Capitals, although folks seem to focus on his less impressive numbers from last season (21 goals in 77 games). We have all heard spectators call him lazy or unpleasant to have in the locker room. What if it depends on the locker room? Don’t chirp me Caps’ fans, it’s simply a theory. If you recall, Semin did score two goals and had an assist in Russia’s gold medal World Championships game this summer.

I think a change of scenery and teammates will do Alexander good. It is going to be a very different situation in Raleigh and I feel that will fuel his wheels. Critics think Canes overpaid and Semin will underperform, but I’m reserving my judgment. Alexander Semin is a talented forward and Carolina will benefit from adding him to the roster.

I’m crazy excited for October (or whenever the puck drops). Let’s fill those seats and enjoy the show Caniacs! Cardiac Cane will continue to dissect the roster changes and make their predictions for the upcoming season. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter: @CardiacCaneFS, @Caniac176, @Caniac_John, and @PJT_Caniac.

To those outside Caniac Nation, this is your Hurricane warning. The Storm is going to be fierce in 2012-13.

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