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When you're guilty of multiple defensive breakdowns in the first period and no-show the entire second, it's highly unlikely that any sense of urgency in the third is going to save you. That was pretty much the story for the Devils as they went back into the losing side of the ledger Saturday. Some thoughts...

What are you waiting for: Remember when bad starts were the problem? Well, that's not exactly the case now -- the Devils' starts have actually been OK, but they haven't shown any urgency over the past three games until their backs are up against the wall in the third period. Thursday night the Devils did just enough to force OT, but tonight and the time before came up short. And it's not even just about the offensive side of their game. The Devils basically allowed the Hurricanes to walk into their zone time after time and showed absolutely no fight in clearing the crease. Two of the goals tonight were the direct result of Devils defenders allowing a Hurricane forward to stand right in front of Johan Hedberg and play the puck. That's simply unacceptable and has to change, because it doesn't look like the Devils are going to be able to score more than two or three goals on a regular basis. I'm starting to worry this is more than just a bad habit. I'm starting to worry this "is what it is." The defense is slow and sloppy, the offense is pressing and gripping their sticks too tight and Pete DeBoer showed at least four different versions of the "You gotta be kidding me" face tonight. I can only imagine what he said to them between the second and the third period that had them jumping out of their skates to start the period, but it's probably not along the lines of "Good job, good effort." Will things change tomorrow night against Winnipeg? Maybe, but I'm not holding my breath.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexander Semin, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Devils, Devs, Hurricanes, Jeff Frazee, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that Alexander Semin has signed a one-year deal worth $7 million.

http://twitter.com/HurricanesGM/status/228570636543488000

http://twitter.com/HurricanesGM/status/228571639175077888

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According to Chip Alexander in the Raleigh News and Observer, if Alexander Semin is to sign a one-year deal, he is reportedly looking for a contract worth $7 million.

Alexander writes that the Hurricanes are interested in Semin but only on a one-year deal.

Michigan newspaper The Heritage notes that if the Red Wings miss out on Shane Doan they may look to sign Semin.

Tags: Alexander Semin, Adam Rotter
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https://twitter.com/ice_chip/status/226462094978060288

Earlier in the offseason, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said of Semin ?We wouldn?t want to get locked in to anything, because we?ve all heard the stories about him. We do like his skill level. It could be that we could bring him in for a year, get to know him and go from there in terms of considering something longer term.?

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At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes that according to an NHL GM the main reason Alexander Semin has not signed with a team yet is that he wants too much money.

Custance writes that in regards to Semin, who made $6.7 million last season, "there appears to be a difference in opinion of what that salary should be."

It has been suggested that Semin is looking for a two-year deal worth $10 million and that he needs "the right fit."

Tags: Alexander Semin, Adam Rotter
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At CSN Washington, Chuck Gormley writes that Caps GM George McPhee was evasive when talking about the potential of bringing Alexander Semin back, but added that he isn't that surprised Semin is still on the market.

On Semin finding a new team, McPhee said "It would have to be the right fit for him.?

Gormley writes that Semin is reportedly looking for a two year deal worth $10 million.

Tags: Alexander Semin, Adam Rotter
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At Sports Illustrated, Stu Hackel writes about Alexander Semin and the strange situation that he finds himself in this far into free agency.

Semin, a three time 30 goal scorer, is still a UFA due to criticisms from people like Marc Crawford and Pierre McGuire and his former teammate Matt Bradley.

Bradley said of Semin, "he could easily be the best player in the league, and just for whatever reason, just doesn?t care.?

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Darren Dreger tweets that the Capitals are planning to trade Alexander Semin's rights.

Semin is a UFA on July 1.

When asked recently whether you would sign Semin, 31.24% said YES, 42.4% said NO and 26.33% said ONLY AS A LAST RESORT.

Tags: Alexander Semin, Rangers, Adam Rotter
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At NHL.com, Dan Rosen wonders what team will sign Alexander Semin after he posted his worst season this past year with 21 goals and 54 points.

He notes "there are teams in need of offense (the Rangers?) that might bank on Semin becoming a 40-goal scorer again."

In three of the last six seasons, Semin has been over 70 points. He scored 40 goals in 2009-10. In 2009, Semin had 14 points in 14 playoff games but only has 12 points in his last 30 playoff games.

Tags: Alexander Semin, Rangers, Adam Rotter
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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes, " Alexander Semin is perhaps the most skilled sniper on the market but it?s difficult to imagine the Rangers engaging in the type of long-term deal the impending Capitals free agent is believed to be seeking."

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The Bleacher Report has posted an article on 4 moves the Devils should make. Definitely give this a read. But here is my opinion of each move.

1. Keep Zach Parise- Well yes this is a 100% must for the Devils. If the Devils want to remain a competitive team in the future they are going to need Zach Parise. I believe at this point its a 50/50 shot for Parise. The only thing that bothers me is that the Devils have not started contract talks with Parise but maybe they are waiting until the end of the season to avoid distraction. But Parise makes everyone around him play better and he is a great leader. He should get paid what he wants and I think in a short time he will get a chance for his ring.

Tags: Alexander Semin, Bleacher Report, Discuss, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Read, Rumors, SNY, Trades, Tuuka Rask, Zach Parise
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