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Canes Add Samsonov to Scouting Department

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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TRAVERSE CITY – The Carolina Hurricanes have added yet another set of eyes to their scouting department.

Sergei Samsonov joins the organization as a part-time scout based out of the Detroit area, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis.

“I think he’s a bright guy,” Francis said. “He’s a good student of the game, and he’ll be a nice addition to our staff.

“He’s a guy who played the game and understands the game extremely well,” Francis said. “His location is good being in the Detroit area – you can get to NHL games, AHL games and, if we really need him to, he can cover OHL games and college games.”

The addition of Samsonov, 35, comes just a couple of weeks after the Hurricanes named Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk a pro scout and advisor.

Samsonov skated in 249 games for the Hurricanes from 2007-2011, posting 135 points (54g, 81a). The Moscow, Russia, native added eight points (5g, 3a) in 17 playoff games in 2009. In total, Samsonov played in 888 games over a 13-year NHL career, logging 235 goals and 336 assists (571 points).

“He’s hungry and eager to go,” Francis said. “I think he’ll do a real good job for us.”

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