ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals
have signed right wing Alexander Semin
to a two-year contract beginning next season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced.
Semin, 23, ranked second on the Capitals last season with career highs in goals (38), assists (35) and points (73) in 77 games. He led the team and tied for fourth in the NHL with 17 power-play goals. Only two players age 23 or younger scored more goals than Semin’s 38 in 2006-07 – teammate Alex Ovechkin and Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek
. He recorded eight multiple-goal games and 19 multiple-point games during the year, including a pair of hat tricks, and led the team to a 15-10-4 record in games in which he scored a goal.
The 6’2”, 205-pound native of Krasjonarsk, Russia, has been limited to three games this season by an ankle injury, posting one assist. He enters tonight’s game at St. Louis (8:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, 107.7 FM, 1500 AM, 820 AM) four points shy of 100 for his career. He has appeared in 132 career games, recording 48 goals and 48 assists.
Semin was Washington’s second first-round choice, 13th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut in 2003-04, posting 10 goals and 12 assists in 52 games. Semin has represented Russia in four major international tournaments: the 2004 World Junior Championship and three World Championships.