Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

TORONTO - OCTOBER 10: Evgeni Malkin #71 and Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate Jordan Staal goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during a NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on October 10, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada . (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
The Carolina Hurricanes wanted to add one top-shelf forward this offseason. They got two. By trading for Jordan Staal and signing Alexander Semin, the Hurricanes have sent a clear message: They're in it to win - now. General manager Jim Rutherford said Friday it's hard to judge a hockey team during the summer but ''we are a much stronger team going into the season than we have been in a long time.'' Carolina continued its productive offseason this week by signing free agent Semin to a one-year, $7 million contract. That came a few weeks after trading for Staal - the brother of captain Eric Staal - and locking him up with a 10-year extension. Those deals were made to meet the team's stated objective of adding scoring punch.
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