The Washington Times - March 25, 2013, 06:29PM

The Carolina Hurricanes signed Alexander Semin to a five-year deal worth $35 million, the team announced Monday afternoon. It’s the most lucrative contract of the ex-Washington Capitals winger’s career.

“I’m very happy that Alex has resigned,” agent Mark Gandler said in a brief telephone interview from Russia. “I think that Alex is going to be an example for how to play this game for many years to come in a Carolina uniform.”


Semin, 29, has eight goals and 22 assists in 30 games for the Hurricanes. His teammates and coach Kirk Muller have praised him for his work ethic and production.

“We’re very happy to retain Alex,’ general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. “He is an elite player and has been a major contributor to the Hurricanes having a strong top line.”

Semin signed a one-year, $7 million contract with Carolina last summer. It was his third consecutive one-year deal, earning raises to $6 million then $6.7 million with the Caps.