Prior to the 2013 season, hockey fans wondered which team would take a chance on free agent Alexander Semin. Coming off seven seasons with the Washington Capitals, Semin landed in Carolina with a one-year deal worth $7 million.
How has the Semin experiment worked for the Hurricanes? Pretty well, actually. Through 30 games, Semin has eight goals and 22 assists for a total of 30 points. He finds himself second on the team in points, trailing Eric Staal by five.
As a result of Semin's strong play, Carolina elected to reward him with a five-year extension worth a reported $7 million per year, or a total of $35 million.
We have one reaction this this news: Wow.
Play consistent hockey for 30 games and you might be rewarded with $35 million. Well, you might if you're in Carolina. There's no doubt that Semin has been a valuable asset in 2013, but we were skeptical of his $7 million price tag for his initial "prove yourself" contract that Carolina gave him prior to the current ...