Alex Semin Added to Sochi Roster; All Seems RIght With the World

Earlier this week the Russian hockey federation announced it would be replacing Dynamo Moscow winger Sergei Soin with perhaps the biggest snub of any Olympic roster, Carolina’s Alexander Semin. The 29-year-old winger was initially held of the 25-man squad giving way to rumors to a possible personal issue with head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov causing his omission.
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Hurricanes Make it Rain on Semin

Last night, Alexander Semin became a very rich man after the Carolina Hurricanes gave him a 5-year extension worth $35 million. Compared to most sports contracts this makes Semin a pauper, but since this is a hockey blog it’s big deal.
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Alexander Semin Signs One-Year $7M Deal With Carolina

One of the most sought after free agents has finally put pen to paper with a team that few expected. Earlier today the Carolina Hurricanes announced they had signed Alexander Semin to a one-year deal worth a whopping $7 million. While it was clear early on he would not return to the Capitals as they had gave his number away for developmental camp few believed he would remain in the Southeast Divison.
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Poni Express Heads to Newark as Canes Deal Ponikarovsky

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Having spent time in Toronto, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Carolina the Poni Express was routed to New Jersey Friday night as the Hurricanes dealt Alexei Ponikarovsky to the Devils for fourth-round draft pick and an AHLer. The 31-year-old Kiev native has become something of a journeyman going to his fourth team since 2010.
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Sixth Time’s a Charm for Samsonov

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“For me, six times was a charm.”…These must be the words, courtesy of My Cousin Vinny, that were replaying in Sergei Samsonov’s head when he got the phone call from Jim Rutherford.  It’s been quite the roller coaster ride for the once highly sought after, Samsonov.  After his impressive rookie campaign, Samsonov followed up the next two years with consistent numbers, and then exploded onto the scene with 70+ points.
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Anton Volchenkov Suspended 3 Games

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The A-Train has been forced to temporarily hit the breaks as word comes from the NHL hierarchy that New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov has been given a 3 game suspension. The defenseman is suspended for his elbow on Carolina Hurricanes Zach Boychuk midway through the second period of last nights 3-2 Devils win. He will now be on head coach Jacques Lemaire’s naughty list even more so after receiving two (and only) other penalties in the game.
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Comrade of the Night-Semyon Varlamov

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After battling a nagging groin injury in the beginning of the season and being rotated in and out of the line-up with Michal Neuvirth it appears Semyon Varlamov is finally finding his game. Varly made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season against the Montreal Canadiens last night to give head coach Bruce Boudreau a mighty hard task on who to start for the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.
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Evgeni Nabokov Leaves KHL’s SKA St.Petersburg, Where Will He Land?


It appears Evgeni Nabokov’s stint back in the motherland is over as the four-year $24 million contract has been terminated by SKA St.Petersburg earlier today. Nabokov signed the contract with the intent of finishing up his career back in his adopted home country after being cut loose by the San Jose Sharks due to cap limitations. The 35-year-old netminder was the backbone to the only team he knew in the NHL and holds every major record for goalies in team history.
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Anton Babchuk Traded to Calgary

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Despite being coaxed back into joining the Carolina Hurricanes after jumping ship to the KHL, Anton Babchuk’s second stint with the Canes is nothing more as the 26-year-old defenseman was dealt yesterday to the Calgary Flames along with Tom Kostopoulos in exchange for Brett Sutter and Ian White.

A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Babchuk spent three seasons in Raleigh before departing for Russia’s Avangard Omsk before being lured back to Carolina for a one-year $1.4 million contract. In 17 games this year he has only scored 8 points and is a -4 +/-. Babchuk will now be with his third NHL team having started his career in Chicago in 2003-04. In 185 career he has scored 26 goals and has 43 assists for a total of 69 points. Despite being born in Ukraine, Babchuk has opted to play for Russia making his national team debut in 2000.
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Comrade of the night-Alexei Kovalev

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On Saturday night in Ottawa Alexei Kovalev became just the 82nd player in NHL history to reach the 400 career goal plateau. Kovalev notched three goals on the night against the lowly Carolina Hurricanes halting a 16 game skid without finding the back of the net in the process.

Kovalev got the Sens on the board in the first period redirecting Nick Folignos pass behind Manny Legace. Career goal 400 came with the score tied 2-2 in the second period with Kovalev’s shot deflecting off Carolina defenseman Jay Harrison’s skate.

He would add an empty-net goal to cap off his hat-trick and sealing the victory for the senators. Kovalev became the first Russian to record a hat-trick this year, his last one came in 2003 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Congrats to Alexei on his achievement and as always his comrade of the night nod.

Below are all three of Kovalev’s goals all courtesy always of the NHL and