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03-25-2013, 07:29 PM
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I'm not a fan of the deal. Too much money, too long, too risky a player, and worst of all, horrible timing.

We're about two more weeks of horsebleep play away from going all the way from contenders to sellers this season and Semin would have been a huge trade chip. Why did this have to happen now? It's really bad management, in my opinion.

I'm glad to see us spending money, and I have nothing against Semin. He sure seems to like it here, and I've enjoyed watching him play.

But what's the harm of waiting a few more weeks? Worst case, we're out of the playoffs and we can trade him, perhaps even for a defenseman. Best case, we turn it around and win the division. Then we can give him the same contract at the end of the season. It's not like he's going to *improve* his value.

I think it's ridiculous to see the amount of money we have tied up long-term in forwards (Eric, Jordan, Skinner, Ruutu and now Semin) and in goal (Cam), but JR continues to try to get by on a shoestring defense. It's simply not working, and it's not going to work.

Again, I like Semin. But I think this contract at this time is a bad move for the Hurricanes.

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