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Capitals sign Semin to contract extension

Saturday, 12.26.2009 / 10:08 PM / News

The Washington Capitals signed right wing Alexander Semin to a one-year contract extension on Saturday. Vice president and general manager George McPhee made the announcement but did not reveal any monetary terms of the deal.

Semin, 25, is in his fifth season in the NHL, all with the Capitals. He has 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 29 games this season -- tying him for third on the team in goals and putting him fourth in points. In 283 career games the 6-foot-2, 208-pound native of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, has 122 goals and 126 assists for 248 points. He's already 26th in Capitals history in points.

Semin, who was named to the 2010 Russian Olympic team on Thursday, ranks ninth among active players 25-and-younger in goals and is 12th among that group in points.

Semin, Washington's first-round choice (No. 13) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, has 226 points in 231 games during the last four seasons, among the top 20 point-per-game scorers in the NHL in that time (0.98). He is tied for 14th in goals in that span with 112, and is one of only 20 players League-wide to score more than 25 goals in each of the last three seasons. He is on pace to hit that mark again in 2009-10.

Semin established a career-high with 79 points (34 goals, 45 assists) in 62 games last season. He finished fourth in the NHL in points per game (1.274), trailing  only teammate Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. His career-high of 38 goals came in 2006-07.

Semin has five two-goal games and 12 multiple-point games this season, both second on the team. He is second on the team with 9 goals at Verizon Center.

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