By Allan Muir
The ink wasn’t yet dry on Alexander Semin’s brand new five-year, $35 million contract extension with the Hurricanes before social media lit up with snarky comments about the dangerously short memory of Carolina’s general manager, Jim Rutherford.
Sure, the flashy winger has been sensational through the first 30 games of his stint in Raleigh, many said, but this is the same player who forced the Capitals to cut him loose after his final two frustrating seasons in Washington.
Are the Hurricanes taking a risk with this deal? No doubt. But before you suggest that owner Peter Karmanos might want to hide the checkbook before Rutherford does another crazy thing with his money, let me introduce you to these 13 players: