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07-27-2012, 05:25 PM
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This is a classic case of both parties knowing exactly what they're getting into. Semin wanted big money and the chance to increase his earning potential by playing with top-flight linemates; done. Canes wanted 70 point production from a first-line winger and the chance to bail after a year if it doesn't work out; done.

Both sides are using each other, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Hell, that's how most people are with their jobs.

I don't think many of us necessarily view Semin as a long-term cornerstone of the team, but he's a guy who can help get us where we want to be in the short term. No different than most deadline trades, i.e., getting Dougie Weight for the playoffs even though everybody knew he was going right back to St. Louis.

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