This was the decade of Alexander Semin. He spent over 10 years as Washington Capitals property, from the draft in 2002 until Thursday's signing with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Along the way, Semin became the longest tenured player on the team and the fifth-leading goal-scorer in franchise history. But his one-year, $7 million deal with Carolina represents the end of an era in Washington.

"For Alex professionally he needed a fresh start," his agent, Mark Gandler, said in a phone interview "He needed his role back that he's had a couple years back. He needed short-handed time, he needed to be in the last minute of the game on the ice, if he deserves it. He wants to have basically an extended role."