In 44 games this season, Semin had 13 goals and 31 assists.
Signed by the Hurricanes to a one-year contract in July after spending his first seven NHL seasons with the Washington Capitals, Semin was rewarded March 25 with a five-year, $35 million contract extension.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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