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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Alexander Semin
Even as the lead quickly grew to four goals, Matt Martin and the New York Islanders never felt comfortable.
Even as Buffalo goalie Michal Neuvirth made save after save Thursday night, the Carolina Hurricanes did not get frustrated.
Three days after being traded to the New Jersey Devils, Tuomo Ruutu had one of those storybook games against his former Carolina Hurricanes teammates.
The divisions changed for the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers.
Nathan Gerbe enjoys working on trick shots in practice, so he figured why not try it in a game.
It looks as if Alexander Semin got the message.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Coach Kirk Muller and the rest of the Carolina Hurricanes are making the most of a makeshift lineup.
When the Washington Capitals raised four straight Southeast Division champions banners to the rafters of Verizon Center, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Alexander Semin led the charge. Semin is gone to the Carolina Hurricanes, and the rest of the 'Young Guns' are a little older now but still dangerous when they're on like they were Tuesday night.
This week the Hurricanes signed Alexander Semin to a five-year, $35 million contract, the longest and most lucrative of the mercurial winger's NHL career. It's a bit more of a risk considering the tenure, but it's one Carolina made after Semin's strong performance so far.
The mercurial Russian was booed pretty much every time he touched the puck. He got four shots on net. He didn't play badly. He didn't play great. He was just kind of there. In short, he was more of a factor before the game than he was during the game.
After building up a reputation with the Caps of being a supremely talented winger with inconsistency in his game and his habits, Semin is making the most of a fresh start in Carolina.
"Some nights you didn't even know if he was going to come to the rink," Brouwer said. "It's tough to play alongside guys like those because you don't know what you're gonna get out of them."
This was the decade of Alexander Semin. He spent over 10 years as Washington Capitals property, from the draft in 2002 until Thursday's signing with the Carolina Hurricanes.
George McPhee flashes a deft poker face often, not willing to share his plans for the Washington Capitals before he makes a big move. That could be the case this offseason, or the general manager could be calmly blunt about not wanting to spend a lot of money in free agency.
Unrestricted free agents can begin signing contracts at noon Sunday. Here's a look at the top players available and the Capitals players going to market: