On Tuesday night Alexander Semin will make his first visit back to Washington to play the Capitals as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. If Troy Brouwer's words are any indication, it won't be a happy homecoming.
Semin was not re-signed by the Capitals in the offseason, allowing him to hit the free-agency market where he eventually landed with the Hurricanes on a one-year deal. The reasons for his exit in Washington were many, but one of them surely centered on his reputation as a player who only plays when he wants to. He had been labeled as the NHL's version of Randy Moss; supremely talented with questionable drive.
That questionable drive is still remembered by some of the Caps like Brouwer, who is never one to shy away from speaking the truth.
"It was tough to lose his scoring ability when he wanted to play," Brouwer said on Monday (via Washington Times). "But all in all I think we've been doing well without him."
"Some nights you didn't even know if he was gonna come to the rink. It's tough to play alongside guys like those because you don't know what you're gonna get out of 'em."
Well, between this and what Matt Bradley said and then later retracted, I suppose there is certainly some validity to all of the character assassination that Semin has faced in recent years. It's one thing to hear from guys like Pierre McGuire, but it's a whole other thing to hear it from guys inside the locker room, guys who actually played with Semin.
Troy Brouwer criticizes Alex Semin
CBSSports.com | Feb 25