NHL: Payne to be crowned and news on Semin and Voracek
Unrestricted free agent winger Alexander Semin was looking to squirt through with a multi-year deal this summer, but instead he settled for a one-year, $7 million dollar deal with the new look Carolina Hurricanes. The money figure is great for the talented winger and if he can put together a strong offensive season with the Hurricanes, he can perhaps earn his multi-year deal next summer. The 28-year-old sniper has played seven seasons, all with the Washington Capitals and has scored 197 goals and 408 points in 469 games during that time frame. He is also a former 40 goal scorer, as he accomplished the feat during the 2009-10 season. The highly skilled winger is widely regarded as a top 10 talent in the NHL, but has struggled at times to put it all together. I would expect a nice season for Semin in Carolina with a much improved Hurricanes team, which now also features the talented Jordan Staal, who was acquired last month from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings will officially announce the hiring of Davis Payne as an assistant coach on Friday. The 41-year-old Payne was the head coach of the St. Louis Blues before being let go 13 games into last season. He will be in charge of the Kings talented forward group and will run the power play.
The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed restricted free agent winger Jakub Voracek to a four-year deal worth $17 million total. The 22-year-old will most likely begin the season on the Flyers top line, replacing the departed Jaromir Jagr, who signed as a free agent with the retirement home known as the Dallas Stars, earlier this month. Voracek was originally acquired by the Flyers from the Columbus Blue Jackets in June 2011 as part of the Jeff Carter trade.