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.
"We did a lot of work on this," Rutherford said. "We talked to as many people as we could who have crossed paths with Alex. We had more on the positive side than on the negative."
While Rutherford and guys such as Rod Brind'Amour were working their hockey contacts for information on Semin, assistant general manager Jason Karmanos worked the numbers. Semin has a reputation of disappearing during high-pressure situations and hasn't always been productive during the playoffs. But the advanced stats suggested otherwise.
"What the people out there who are not fans of Alex are saying are not confirmed by the analytics," Rutherford said. "Actually, it's absolutely the opposite."
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