New stats guide Alexander Semin signing 

July, 27, 2012
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Alexander SeminBruce Bennett/Getty ImagesContrary to popular belief, the Canes believe Alexander Semin can come through in the clutch.
You don't spend $7 million on a player without doing some research. For Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford, the research of Alexander Semin got serious at the NHL draft in Pittsburgh.

Rutherford had an extended conversation with former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau about Semin and continued to have similar discussions about the talented but sometimes underperforming winger with scouts, former teammates and coaches.