Another potential target of the Detroit Red Wings is now off the market. It doesn't seem that the Red Wings care all that much, but forward Alexander Semin agreed to a one-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon. The deal will pay Semin $7 million.
Back before free agency began, a lot of people thought Semin would make a lot of sense for the Red Wings if they were unable to land Zach Parise. Parise ended up going to the Minnesota Wild, and the Red Wings turned their attention to Shane Doan instead of Semin. In fact, it doesn't appear that the Red Wings had much of any interest in Semin. From MLive's Ansar Khan:
Semin's agent, Todd Diamond, told MLive.com that he had only one conversation with the Detroit Red Wings.
"It never got serious with them,'' Diamond said.
The Red Wings apparently were among the teams concerned with Semin's issues in the locker room. As a player, he's got a lot of talent, but it does say a lot that all he was able to get was a one-year deal nearly four weeks into free agency. He is going to earn a big salary in that one year from Carolina, and it's a pretty good risk to take if you're the Hurricanes. The Red Wings obviously had a different feeling on taking a risk like that, which is why they are attempting to go in other directions to add another forward.
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