Mar 11, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin (28) carries the puck against the New York Rangers at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Semin To Have Wrist Surgery, Andrei Loktionov Invited To Team Russia

Apr 1, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Andrei Loktionov (8) carries the puck up ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Carolina Hurricanes won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

What most have us have guessed all season, was made official today. Alexander Semin was playing with a wrist injury for most of the season and will now have surgery.

Throughout the season, Semin had problems with his shot, missing the net more often than usual, which affected his shooting percentage. However, it didn’t slow him down that much as he scored on some beautiful wrist shots and finished with 22 goals.

Hopefully this means for the Canes and Semin, that the Russian will come back next season more prepared than every with plenty of time to rest the wrist that was bothering him. It should also mean a more healthy, productive 2014-15 season.

The surgery means Semin will miss playing for Russia at the World Championships in early May.

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Semin may not be able to play for Russia, but it seems at least one Hurricane is on the nation’s mind, as Dmitry Chesnokov reported that Andrei Loktionov has received an invitation to play for the team in the tournament:

https://twitter.com/dchesnokov/status/455692497881006080

I believe this is a deserved nomination, and while it has not been reported that Loktionov accepted or not, I would be surprised if he doesn’t.

One player that hasn’t received an invite yet is Anton Khudobin, which is surprising in some sense. Russia tends to go to KHL players, but Khudobin showed this year, he can carry a team.

There’s plenty of time left for an invite, so Khudobin may still be an option.

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