Semin's second chance

When Alexander Semin singed with the Carolina Hurricanes last summer, you could almost hear the snickering from rivals around the NHL.

Despite being among the most talented unrestricted free agents available, the Canes were the only team willing to take a chance on the Russian sniper. During seven seasons with the Washington Capitals Semin had -- fairly or not -- earned a reputation as a soft, lazy and temperamental. But the impression he's left in his first 13 games with the Southeast Division-leading Canes has been decidedly different.

"He has been nothing but great," Eric Staal, Carolina's captain, tells Mark Masters of TSN. "He's been a great teammate for everyone in this room and the type of guy who competes in practice and in games. That's all you can ask for."