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Hurricanes' Semin recovering; coach search ongoing

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 11:55 AM / News

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Hurricanes' Semin recovering; coach search ongoing
Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said forward Alexander Semin is rehabbing from wrist surgery, forward Andrei Loktionov soon will have shoulder surgery and the team is continuing its coaching search

Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin had wrist surgery following the season and forward Andrei Loktionov is scheduled to have shoulder surgery in Switzerland, general manager Ron Francis said Friday.

The news was reported by Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.

Francis said Semin's rehab is going well and he should be ready for the start of training camp. Semin had 22 goals and 42 points in 65 games this season after he was a point-per-game player in 2012-13, his first with Carolina.

Loktionov was injured while playing for Russia at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus. He had seven goals and 22 points in 68 games this season, including three goals and 10 points in 20 games for the Hurricanes after being acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils.

Francis also said the Hurricanes have held three interviews in their search for a new coach and plan on holding three more soon. Francis said the plan is to have a new coach in place prior to the 2014 NHL Draft on June 27-28 in Philadelphia, if not sooner.

Francis fired coach Kirk Muller on May 5.

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