Last summer, George McPhee decided it was time to part ways with Alexander Semin, the skilled winger he had drafted 10 years earlier. It wasn’t an easy call, the general manager admitted, but it became clear that the Washington Capitals’ journey with Semin had run its course.

“Team chemistry and numbers,” McPhee said in January, when asked why he chose not to bring back the player who finished second in goals on the Capitals every year since the 2006-07 season.

“You have to do what you think is best for the team,” McPhee said, “and you have to listen to your players.”

On Tuesday night, Semin returns to Verizon Center for the first time as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, who signed him to a one-year, $7 million contract in late July.