Samsonov cashes in
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with right wing Sergei Samsonov on a three-year, $7.6 million contract.Getting Samsonov on waivers at midseason was a desperation move, so I'm not quite sure how to characterize this signing. He couldn't have had a ton of leverage given no one wanted him at this price a few months ago.
Samsonov will receive $2.3 million in 2008-09, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.8 million in 2010-11.
"We were very excited about Sergei's play after he arrived in Carolina," said Hurricanes' president Jim Rutherford. "It was important to the success of our team going forward that we keep him here."
If he tanks again, this redefines having a "contract season." A good 38 games was all it took this time around.