The extension, which begins next season, rewards Semin for his
productivity since returning from his NHL hiatus in Russia. The
23-year-old right wing set career highs in goals (38) and assists
(35) last season with the Capitals.
Semin, selected in the first round of the 2002 draft, signed a
three-year deal with the Capitals in 2003 but returned to his
native Russia in 2004 even though he was still under contract to
Washington. The Capitals went to court to get him back, and the
spat was resolved when he agreed to a new two-year deal in 2006.
Semin has been limited this season by an ankle injury. He had
played in three games, recording one assist entering Saturday
night's game at St. Louis. He had 48 goals and 48 assists in 132
career NHL games.