Semin signs contract extension with Caps

Alexander Semin has agreed to a one-year contract extension with

the Washington Capitals.

The team didn’t disclose terms of the deal Saturday that will

allow the 25-year old Semin to become an unrestricted free agent

after the 2010-11 season. Semin was selected to the Russian Olympic

team Thursday and is in his fifth NHL season.

He had an assist Saturday night in Washington’s 4-1 victory over

New Jersey and has 32 points in 29 games. The Russian has 248

career points (122 goals, 126 assists).

“I am extremely happy to sign here,” Semin said through an

interpreter after the game. “I like this team. I really like

everything here.”

Washington general manager George McPhee said the Capitals are

happy to have Semin for at least another year because of the type

of player he’s becoming.

“This is a player we drafted and developed,” McPhee said.

“He’s become a very, very good player and continues to improve. We

discussed a number of options but this is the way he wanted to go

for now.”

The Capitals picked Semin 13th overall in the 2002 draft. He

really broke through last season, scoring 79 points in 62

games.

“He’s one of the elite players in the league and to have him is

great,” Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said.