Found July 29, 2012 on
A main goal for the Hurricanes this off-season was to strengthen their top-six by adding at least one top-line player, something they accomplished by trading for Jordan Staal and signing Alexander Semin. Not having enough horses up front was a major problem for Carolina last season, so both of these additions are going to go along way in improving that. However, another problem for the Hurricanes over the last few years has been extremely poor defensive play and it's debatable to say that their defense heading into this season is better than last year's unit.
This is especially true on the penalty kill as the Hurricanes were in the bottom-ten in terms of penalty kill success percentage and were also just outside the bottom-ten at preventing shots against when playing with a man down. We all know that the Hurricanes struggles to control play at even strength put them in a lot of holes last year, but their porous penalty kill also contributed to that. There were a lot of gam...
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The Carolina Hurricanes signed Alexander Semin to a one year deal worth $7 million, causing many people to wonder whether or not it was a good signing by the ‘Canes. Semin sat around for much longer than expected on the free agency market, and could not secure a better offer from any other team, and he actually considered accepting a two year offer from a Russian hockey team...
One of the benefits of having a team owner who also operates a OHL team is getting the inside scoop on some of the prospects there. It has been something the Carolina Hurricanes have been taking advantage of the last few seasons with the Plymouth Whalers, who are owned by Peter Karmanos. A good number of Carolina prospects over the years have played some of their junior hockey in...
Alex Semin is the newest member of the Carolina HurricanesIt took three weeks, four days, and a few hours, but Alex Semin is officially no longer a Washington Capital. However, we'll still be seeing the Russian enigma quite a bit next season. Semin signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes earlier today, marking the first season he'll play...
From Stan Fischler at MSGNetwork.com:
• Jim Rutherford is turning the Hurricanes into a power. The acquisition of Alex Semin comes at a price, but it’s also a message to Carolina fans that the Canes mean business about becoming a contender. The real challenge—apart from Semin proving his worth—is for coach Kirk Muller, starting his first full season as the lead bench boss...
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...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- 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.
"It's easy for me to say we stack up fine, but you really don't know until you play the games," general manager Jim...
1) Anyone else get the sense that the Carolina Hurricanes are going to be significantly better next season? With Jordan Staal in the fold; with a scorer like Semin, regardless of the lack of completeness to his game; with Kirk Muller a year into his tenure?
This team has much more offensive depth, and with a goaltender like Cam Ward, a couple of more pieces on the backend could...
Who would have guessed it? When the NHL offseason wraps up, at most a handful of teams will be able to claim to have made more significant additions.
Right now, Minnesota would rank #1 with Parise and Suter and the Canes #2 with Jordan Staal and Semin. It seems unlikely that the Canes could fall lower than #3 leaving a spot above them if the Rangers get Doan or Ryan to go with...