Report: Hurricanes “still interested” in signing Semin for one year

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The Carolina Hurricanes already admitted that they’re interested in signing Alexander Semin “on a short-term basis.” Two weeks passed since that news surfaced, yet Chip Alexander reports that Canes GM Jim Rutherford continues to search for a top-six forward and specifically hopes to add Semin via a one-year deal.

Rutherford apparently has had “several discussions” with Semin’s agent, according to Alexander. He wasn’t so positive about the team’s chances of adding Shane Doan, however.

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(Alexander also passes along word that the Hurricanes want to add a “tough guy” for their fourth line.)

Eric Staal recently said that Carolina could be “one elite forward” away from being a top team in the East. Semin has plenty of detractors, yet he also has three 34+ goal seasons – and almost 200 career goals – to his name. After adding Eric’s brother Jordan Staal, Semin could add a very different element to the mix (including a dangerous right-handed shot).