Carolina Hurricanes to Buy Out Alexander Semin

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: An NHL team signs a Russian player to a ridiculous contract only to buy him out within the next three seasons. No it’s not a case of deja vu, instead it has officially become a recurring tradition as the Carolina Hurricanes have announced they will buy out Alexander Semin. You might recall the then 29-year-old Krasnoyarsk native signing a 5-year $35 million extension in 2013 which many thought was too much money for a player described as enigmatic by pundits and fans alike.
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Anton Khudobin Traded to Anaheim

Another day, another Russian being traded during the NHL Draft. Just like day one which saw Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov being dealt in the early moments, day two similarly saw the Carolina Hurricanes deal the Russian no one expected (looking at you Alex Semin) sending goalie Anton Khudobin to the Anaheim Ducks for James Wisniewski.
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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?


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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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