After seven seasons, Alexander Semin's time as a Washington Capital has officially come to a close. Semin agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, ending his run with the team that drafted him and wrapping up nearly a month of speculation as to where the unrestricted free agent would land.

"We have done a lot of research about Alexander, and discussions about his fit with our team have included people at many different levels of our organization, including players, coaches and staff," Carolina General Manager Jim Rutherford said in a news release. "What's been clear throughout this process was his commitment to wanting to play in the NHL, and compete against the world's best players.