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Russians Won't Reconsider

According to an interview I just translated (thanks to google), Russian national team coach Vyacheslav Bykov won't reconsider his decision to dump Caps winger Alexander Semin from the team for arriving late for training camp yesterday.

"Due to the fact that he did not come in time ... the coaching staff decided [his] services are no longer needed," Bykov said. "In his team plays Alexander Ovechkin. [He] was [on] time for training yesterday. No other explanation, we do not accept."

According to this story (warning: it also requires translation), Semin had purchased a ticket for a flight that landed in Moscow at 7:30 p.m. yesterday. The Russian team's first meeting was at 4.

Semin was made aware of the schedule last month and was told Sunday by assistant coach Sergei Nemchinov that arriving late was not acceptable. But Semin chose not to switch to an earlier flight from his hometown of Krasjonarsk. He called Nemchinov when his flight landed, but the decision to cut him from the team had already been made.

So there you have it.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 17, 2007; 12:31 PM ET
 
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nice to see!
Wish the pro teams on this side of the pond could do things like this without
the prima-donna's whining to the players union!

Posted by: caphcky | April 17, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Ted is so high on Semin - just go back to his blog and search for "Semin" - see how many glowing articles Teddy has written (oops - blogozined) about Semin.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch - Semin has done the following:
1. held out from the Caps
2. Caps have to seek an injunction forcing him to play here
3. he's not friendly to media
4. fights teamates in practice
5. battles with Hanlon - until he's finally sat after throwing a puck like a baby
6. can't make the Team Russia meeting, yet Ovechkin has no trouble.

Wow - who would have predicted something like this could have happened???

Nice drafting of character players McPhail & Scouting Staff!!!

Posted by: Leolem | April 17, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed by the number of hockey fans who don't realize that fights between teammates happen ALL the time on NHL teams. It is an accepted part of the culture, and is even encouraged by many coaches. So don't read anything into the Semin-Muir spat. As long as Semin keeps showing up and putting 40 goals in, he can play for my team anytime. I would like to see him cut out the lazy hooking penalties though...

Posted by: the deuce | April 17, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

As long as he's got upwards of 50 goals on his stick year in and year out, he'll continue to have a lot of people high on him.

Posted by: Wes Mantooth | April 17, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Semin needs a new travel agent. Remember when he missed the flight to Pittsburgh for the last game of the season before the lock out (and didn't play).

Posted by: Cheri | April 17, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Caps management take on all this will be. Tarik, we're counting on you to find out. Thanks

Posted by: kenhockey | April 17, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I continue to be amazed at the amount of venom directed at Semin and by extension Caps' ownership and management. Obviously he's made some mistakes on and off the ice, but the Semin we saw this year was miles above the one that showed up the season before the lockout. He seems to be having fun and more importantly has been consistently productive this season.

If he doesn't seek out the media like Ovechkin does, he's moody. If he gets into a fight in practice (which as the deuce points out is fairly common) he's a troublemaker.

Can we all keep in mind that he's a 23 year old who sometimes just acts like a 23 year old?

Posted by: CapsChick | April 17, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Tarik, We're counting on you to find out. Cuz whatever they tell you is bound to be the gospel truth.

Posted by: JoeBob | April 17, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"Semin was made aware of the schedule last month and was told Sunday by assistant coach Sergei Nemchinov that arriving late was not acceptable. But Semin chose not to switch to an earlier flight from his hometown of Krasjonarsk. He called Nemchinov when his flight landed, but the decision to cut him from the team had already been made."

Hockey and hopefully the Caps have no room for prima dona's like this. Hopefully GMGM will trade him before he infects with his selfish childish attitude.
This isnt basketball this kind of crap dosent float in the Hockey world.

Posted by: Comebackkono3 | April 17, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I've been late to meetings in my lifetime. I just have the fortune of lack of spotlight on my every move.
Trust Semin with heart surgery or air traffic control - probably not.
but to be a star hockey player on my favorite team - why not?

Posted by: GK1 | April 17, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah let's trade a 40 goal scorer who's making 2 million. That's smart. I guess we can just give Tomas Fleichmann his minutes. No loss there or anything.

Semin has all the talent in the world, and I think these things need to happen so he can finally start to mature as a person. He'll probably get a lot of negative press in his home country where he can't dodge the media by acting like he can't speak the language.

Like seriously, how much better does he need to get anyways? We need to surround him with some good players, and he needs to start acting like an adult.

Let's not trade our second best dynamic player. Let's not overreact here. Let's just try to stay positive until some people get signed, whomever they may be.

Posted by: Ian | April 17, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Off topic, it's also worth noting that the interview indicates that Varlamov will be training in Novogorsk with Nemchinov, rather than participating in the first two exhibition games against Sweden.

On topic, according to the informal (but very small) poll that the Russian website is running, most respondents believed Semin's explanation was "adequate" and he shouldn't be released from the team.

Posted by: Fred | April 17, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I agree with that Ian- he's going to make his mistakes and hopefully he'll grow from that and mature as a person and as a hockey player. And thats an excellent point about not being able to dodge the press at home... hopefully this was something important to him and missing it will help him take a step in the right direction.

Posted by: Jeff | April 17, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"Like seriously, how much better does he need to get anyways"

Ya like seriously.. i totally think that there is alot more to Hockey than like scoring points

Totaly

Posted by: Comebackkono3 | April 17, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Comebackkono I can just as easily read that as an indication that the training camp was starting on Monday and then the day before he was given a call that he needed to be in Moscow by 4 in the afternoon as opposed to his 7:30 arrival time. Jeez, thanks for the notice guys.

I read that and figure that the coaches knew he was arriving late Monday, but waited until 24 hours before the start of camp to tell the person to be there several hours before. Why else would they call the day before and tell him that? BTW, how many flights are there from where Semin was to Moscow per day? Were there available seats on those flights? Seems like an awful lot of questions to have so many definitive answers that you seem to have.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | April 17, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry comebackkono is just part of the gaggle over on the main boards that complain and complain and complain. Probably had an alter ego that was part of the B.O.D.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | April 17, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

who in these boards have never been late to a meeting or to work?????? uhuh, that's right, shuuuddduppp!!

Posted by: wanggo | April 17, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Caps Chick, I couldn't agree with you more. I too am fed up with all this razing of Sasha. It almost seems as though many are just waiting for the slightest little thing to occur so they can get on the kid's case. And, it p#@$*s me off!
I think a major part of their problem is that they feel their idol, Ovey is somehow threatened by the fact that Sasha is a World Class player too. Which is ridiculous. Instead of feeling fortunate to have two amazingly talented youngsters on the same team, many seem intent on running Sasha out of town. That's lunacy.
It's become abundantly obvious to me that many haven't the slightest clue what types of behavior goes on in your typical locker room. Many need to be clued in. IT'S NOT ALL LOVE AND KISSES AT PRACTICES, AND IN LOCKER ROOMS! ANY OF THEM! Quite frankly, I like to see that "Edge" in Sasha's temperment. I wish Ovey had more of it. Then, maybe GMGM wouldn't feel it necessary to clutter up the roster with so many of the Sutherbys, and Bradleys of the world. Who, based on a distinct lack of sheer talent, are glorified AHL'ers at best.
Given the obvious lack of appreciation for his talents, and this seeming obsession with nit - picking at the kid at every turn, if I were Sasha, I think I'd have already begun thinking about what other team I might CHOOSE to play for. Because, it's an undeniable fact, that every other team in the league would be more than happy to take the Caps' unappreciative, lazy, malcontent off of their hands. IN A NEW YORK MINUTE!! Then, all of you "Haters" would be satisfied. Right?

Posted by: puckguru | April 17, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Leolem- With all due respect, you and the Semin bashers are clueless.

First, Ted is so high on Semin because he scored goals and can be marketed. That's the only reason why and seeing this week's season ticket debacle (we got our renewal notice today, due tomorrow), marketing is the only reason Ted is high on anyone.
>>
>>Meanwhile, back at the ranch - Semin has done the following:
1. held out from the Caps- >>

You may recall Ted and the owners locking out Semin and his teammates. Semin was an NHL player and was locked out. The Caps wanted him to play in the AHL. He refused. What would you do? Choice A, play for less money 7000 miles away from home, or Choice B, play close to home for more money?

>>
2. Caps have to seek an injunction forcing him to play here->>

the Caps tried, but lost the injunction. Let's see AOL lawyers vs. a 21 year old who doesn't know the language or culture- who has an attitude problem?

>>
3. he's not friendly to media- >>

Is that it, or is it media doesn't try to learn the languagee, bashes him with blog headlines, and he has difficulty with the language. Semin has signed pucks for my son and I at each practice and posed patiently for a picture with my son while I fiddled with a new camera. He high fives the kids who arrive early for pre-game warm-ups. He may not have OV's personality, but give the guy a break already. He is more accessible than any star of any other major sports team in this town.

>>4. fights teamates in practice>>

- have you ever played a contact sport?

>>5. battles with Hanlon - until he's finally sat after throwing a puck like a baby>>

Here are some facts:
1) his skating in circles and losing his cool did sometimes hurt the team and sometimes led to amazing goals.

2) he played with worse players and 5 less games than OV, yet still scored only 7 goals less than OV. He was 13th in the NHL in goals and was 2 ahead of Sidney Crosby.

3)Of offensive players who played more than half the season, Semin's +/- was third best on the team (-7). Ovechkin's was -19, worst on the team. Semin's mistakes may have been more public or interesting for chatter, but on the whole, their comparative impact on the team was small.

>>6. can't make the Team Russia meeting, yet Ovechkin has no trouble.>>

Let's see, taxi across town (OV lives in Moscow) vs. flight across the largest 3rd world country. NHL season is 1 week over and you need 48 hours of travel time to get home. If staying an extra day means 5 days with family instead of 4 and you think you can join the team missing one lousy dinner meeting before the first practice to get that extra day, what do you do? If you're a coach of men, do you kick the guy off the team? The best coaches today build teams treating all players fairly. The ones who do not win championships- Tom Coughlin- treat all players equally. If Russia is successful in the world's, it will be in spite of, not because of this ridiculous decision.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. Its really not even worth it to try and defend Semin here, just so many half truths and misconceptions.

Last I checked the Stanley Cup was not award to an internatinoal team, thus, why do I care about this non-olympic international tournament.

Posted by: Graham | April 17, 2007 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | April 17, 2007 04:40 PM

Actually, he was also told a month in advance that he needed to be there by that time. So was Ovie. And Ovie made it. Check Vogel's blog for that story.

Semin = Sergei Samsonov Jr.

Posted by: Man up Semin | April 18, 2007 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Sergei Samsonov never scored 38 goals in a season. Semin is possibly our best offensive player, it really wouldn't surprise me if he outscored OV next year, at least goal-wise. He doesn't have his numbers so far, but he's not given as many opportunities either.

If you haven't noticed, we don't have much goal scoring power behind those two, so do you really want to throw him off the team for not playing in an outside game? COME ON! Who cares? As long as he's not turning into Pacman Jones, let him do his thing.

Posted by: Danny | April 18, 2007 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Its a blatant disregard for following a rule and I'm glad Semin got the heave-ho!

I don't care how many times you or anybody else have been late for work/meetings. The coach made a very simple request and Semin ignored it.

Like I said earlier, I wish we could do that in professional sports over here.

Posted by: caphcky | April 18, 2007 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Tarik:

I had hoped - perhaps foolishly - that your site would offer readers an intelligent alternative to the Caps Message Boards re comments by fans. Boy was I wrong! Without knowing any facts, many are compelled to condemn Semin for his sins - real and imagined. I can only imagine what sad lives some of these folks must lead away from Verizon Center!

Posted by: Joe | April 18, 2007 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Wow...

All of this uninformed rancor over a stupid little spat that has nothing to do with anything on this side of the Atlantic.

Semin could get sloshed drunk and crash a Zamboni into St Basil's Cathedral for all I care, so long as he's back here scoring 40+ in September.

You people seriously need to calm down.

Posted by: HolyOlie | April 18, 2007 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Look, he was told to be on time, and he was not. So the team decided to boot him. When Lou Lamoriello ran the United States program a few Olympics (Olympia?) ago, I am sure he had some hard rules in a similar vein. Some players may let that affect their participation in future tournaments, some will adjust.

Being late for a meeting is one thing; being late for a big presentation is another. Only one player seems to have been late for the start of the Russian squad's training camp, and, like him or not, he has a history of being, at best, misunderstood. (I am going to assume that most of the rest of the Russian players and coaches speak Russian, so the language barrier excuse does not apply here.)

Replace Semin with Malkin in this situation ... would the tone towards ridiculous rules, player attitude, and proper punishment be any different?

Posted by: P-Mac | April 18, 2007 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Joe - thanks for requesting Tarik censor his site like Leonsis did a year or more ago. I guess nobody is allowed to criticize a player or Caps management anywhere in your little world.
Give me a break.
Tariq - thanks for the forum to vent our frustrations with the Caps.

Posted by: Jamagz | April 18, 2007 9:54 AM | Report abuse

It's relatively easy to see both sides of the debate. On one side you've got the people who aren't concerned that Semin has a "history" of making immature decisions/mistakes as long as he produces. On the other side you have people who realize he is a good player (I think we ALL realize he is an excellent player) but expect him to act professionally.

For me, I take a little from each side. Realistically, the Caps need Semin if they have any hope of improving in the short term. He's going to score 40 goals next year (assuming he plays the majority of the season), and he's probably gonna take some bad penalties. The penalties, even if cut down, appear to be part of his game, and while they hurt the team, not having those 40 goals hurts the team a lot more.

But I am a firm believer in that he (and all athletes) can't be given free reign. I was happy when he got benched after his puck-throwing incident, and I'm OK with him getting kicked from the team in Russia for this tournament. These are adults (even if some of them are young), who earn their living playing hockey, but you still have to pick your spots with them. You can't overlook a player blatently ignoring a deadline set by the team (if that is what happened) -- because ultimately hockey IS a team game.

We are all basing our opinions on information that is probably, at best, limited. Really, I don't even care what he does this summer, but next season if he has trouble showing up on time for team events, bench him or fine him, or whatever. He's at the age where any "immaturity" issues can still be addressed. I just don't want to see this go unchecked and get into the mind frame of "oh, what'd Semin do now?" In my mind, if it DOES get to that point then he WILL have to go.

Posted by: Jeff | April 18, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Give the guy a break.
He went half-way across the world to play for his country, so it shows he cares, unlike many other Russian NHL stars.
Obviously, he still has some issues with discipline, but its crazy to label him a bad apple. Its an unfortunate incident, but hopefully everybody will gain from it.

Posted by: Vlad | April 18, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Dear Jarnagz: So, addition to shooting from the hip, you also don't read carefully, do you? Where do see anywhere in my post to Tarik that he censor his site? I was just lamenting how some folks are so quick to pass judgement without any facts. Suggest you read Mike Vogel's Dump and Chase today.

Posted by: Joe | April 18, 2007 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"I had hoped - perhaps foolishly - that your site would offer readers an intelligent alternative to the Caps Message Boards re comments by fans. Boy was I wrong! Without knowing any facts, many are compelled to condemn Semin for his sins - real and imagined. I can only imagine what sad lives some of these folks must lead away from Verizon Center!"

I don't "condemn" Semin. This is just another incident on his resume he started back before the lockout. He came back ALOT more mature and seemed to handle/respond to things better but if he'll do something like this to his OWN country team, he'll do it to the Caps.

I don't care what he does with the National Team but as stated, I wish players that pull stunts like this in ALL our pro sports could get this type of punishment. Can't do that over here....glad to see they did it over there.

Posted by: caphcky | April 18, 2007 10:41 AM | Report abuse

sergei samsonov jr, what a stupid comment, if he was as bad as sergei samsonov no one would be making a fuss about it right now cause no one would care.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

didnt realize you were such a russian national hockey team fan caphcky, but this has nothing to do with the team whose name you bear and to whom these message boards are devoted. Just be glad semin no longer has the potential to get injured or practice his puck throwing and shut up, wait for the draft then start doomsday-complaining again.

Posted by: "OH NOOO?!" | April 18, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Dear caphchy:

The simple fact is that neither you, I, or anyone else has any idea as to what "stunt" he gas pulled do we? Why not simply wait until the facts are in, rather than prejudge? But then, we certainly don't want to be deprived of your all knowing wisdom, do we?

Posted by: Joe | April 18, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

If anybody was wondering how this would affect Ovechkin, here's an excerpt from Vogel's blog:

Ovechkin was really upset about Semin missing from the team.

"It is so sad to lose Semin," honestly said Ovechkin. "But nothing can be done."

- How did Semin himself explain what happened?

- I don't want to discuss this. Although I admit that I did speak with him. Sasha is really upset. He called me on Monday after practice and I told him to contact the coaching staff immediately because you were cut [from the team]. He was absolutely shocked to hear this.

- Did what happened affect your mood?

- I am trying not to think about bad stuff. We didn't come here for this [bad things].

- Would what happened to Semin scare other Russian NHL players from playing for the National team?

- The coaches showed everybody that there is discipline here. That there are no stars here, no differences between players ... But there is order.

It was seemingly very hard for Ovechkin to talk about his friend's woes so the reporters changed the subject.

Posted by: boor4 | April 18, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"Dear caphchy:

The simple fact is that neither you, I, or anyone else has any idea as to what "stunt" he gas pulled do we? Why not simply wait until the facts are in, rather than prejudge? But then, we certainly don't want to be deprived of your all knowing wisdom, do we?"

How many facts to you need? Let me helpt you with that...you don't need ANY facts! The man was told to be over there ON TIME and he wasn't. It wasn't because of any late flights or weather related issues. He just decided to show up late on his own. His BLUFF was called and now he's out.

Will he do that with the Caps?......WE can't say but "my all knowing wisdom" tells me that there is a better chance it happens than it doesn't with his record.

I hope he learns from this and is a team player when he gets back with the Caps.


Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"didnt realize you were such a russian national hockey team fan caphcky, but this has nothing to do with the team whose name you bear and to whom these message boards are devoted."

Is Semin a member of the Washington Caps?
(YOU TYPE IN YES)
Than it does have something to do with the team my name bears and to whom these message boards are devoted!

Your witness....

Posted by: caphcky | April 18, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"shut up, wait for the draft then start doomsday-complaining again."

LOL, shut up? See, it says comments at the top here and I had NO IDEA you could comment and I couldn't.....(smile!)

ROFLMAO, no complaints here! For a change, Ted's going to build us a team this summer that will compete for the cup NEXT YEAR!

What won't change is Caps fans beating up on other Caps fans for BEING Caps fans....LOL!

Posted by: caphcky | April 18, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Dear April 18th:

You really are a slow learner aren't you? 3 young guys in Durham just endured a year of hell after being condemned by the "how many facts do we need crowd". Isn't there, perhaps, a lesson to be learned? What harm would there be in waiting?

I'm out of here . . . this is a complete waste of time!

Posted by: Joe | April 18, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

ROFLMAO YOU are comparing Semins situation to a rape investigation??????????????

There IS a lesson to be learned, you are the slow learner in this group!

Semin broke a team rule PERIOD, DOT!
There is nothing wrong with the punishment he was given. I'm sure if it was Jagr or Crosby ya'll would want him castrated....ROFLMAO

Posted by: caphcky | April 18, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

caphcky:

The point, mr dim lightbulb, was not analogy with rape, but rather to suggest that everyone resist the temptation to have diahrria of the mouth along with constipation of thought

Posted by: April Showers | April 18, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I love watching Semin play but he seems to be a non-team player. I hope he's good for the team because he seems like a good kid. Awesome puck handling and skating skills. The fight in practice doesn't bother me. Shows he sticks up for himself.
Maybe he just needs a little maturing so to speak. I like him but there's something about him I can't quite figure out.

Posted by: gawferstud | April 18, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Quick all you chicken littles! The sky is falling the sky is falling! Semin won't come back from Russia now, and he will pout and pout until we trade him!

Posted by: Graham | April 18, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"The point, mr dim lightbulb, was not analogy with rape, but rather to suggest that everyone resist the temptation to have diahrria of the mouth along with constipation of thought"

The POINT IS, Semin broke a team rule and was disciplined for it. Semin was GUILTY of what he did, the Duke lacrosse players weren't.


Posted by: caphcky | April 18, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JB | April 18, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

caphcky strikes again.

Yada, Yada, Yada. Go to Caps Website and see Ted's Post.

Sneak Preview: when the Caps sign, say Drury this summer we expecy to fully expect to hear from you (and others of your ilk) that it should have been Brier, Gomez, or Miss Twiddle . . . please don't disappoint

Posted by: J Fred Muggs | April 18, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

In english from TSN. This story sounds like Semin made an effort!

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=204661&hubname=

Posted by: cs | April 18, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"Yada, Yada, Yada. Go to Caps Website and see Ted's Post."

You NAILED IT! I've always felt that way about Ted's blog...YADA, YADA, YADA!

Posted by: caphcky | April 18, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"when the Caps sign, say Drury this summer we expecy to fully expect to hear from you (and others of your ilk) that it should have been Brier, Gomez, or Miss Twiddle . . . please don't disappoint"

Even Ross Mahoney isn't dumb enuf to draft Miss Twiddle!

I won't complain no matter what happens! If Ted improves the team and brings it to NHL level he is to be congratulated. If he doesn't, he just did what we all expected.

Posted by: caphck | April 18, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

caphcky revealed. Facts, who needs facts. Let's see, so far you've performed yeoman public service as first judge, then jury. Any time left on your plate to pull the switch for us? Or perhaps, instead, it will be a public flogging.

Posted by: Mike Marson | April 18, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey, caphcky, ever gotten up in the morning and said 'what a great day for hockey"? Nah . . . never mind.

Posted by: Bob Johnson | April 18, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I am waiting for all the Semin haters to discount the version of the story from Semin/Gandler. Because we all know the wonderful reputation the Russian National team has for telling the truth and treating players fairly.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | April 18, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

ill say it again caphcky because you obviously didnt understand the first time, whether semin were to win the world championships with russia and be tournament mvp or get kicked off the team as he has, the effect on the washington capitals organization is the same either way, zero. what semin needs to do is show up on time for training camp with the caps. the next time you start complaining about ted not putting together a quality team with nhl talent just remember back to when you thought it might be a good idea to get rid of a slighty irresponsible 23 year old 40 goal scorer because he made a mistake somewhere across the world, the result of which has no impact on "your team", and then ask yourself if youre really qualified to make that judgement. you can talk also(obviously), but if your comments are this consistantly poor and negative you should shut up, the caps arent expected to challenge for the cup next year, that would be nice but the playoffs are more reasonable, start complaining if and when that doesnt happen. also, the only thing anyone should be laughing out loud about is how often you use "LOL" and your abuse of CAPS LOCK.

Posted by: get a life | April 18, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

p.s. people are "beating up" on you because you so clearly ARENT a caps fan. just go wash your mullet and dont forget to kiss your crosby poster goodnight.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to "Get a Life". You've said things to caphcky that I'm sure reflect the feelings of many others. So tell us, where and when does your Fan Club meet next?

Posted by: Bob Johnson | April 18, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"whether semin were to win the world championships with russia and be tournament mvp or get kicked off the team as he has, the effect on the washington capitals organization is the same either way, zero."

LOL....what?

"what semin needs to do is show up on time for training camp with the caps. the next time you start complaining about ted not putting together a quality team with nhl talent just remember back to when you thought it might be a good idea to get rid of a slighty irresponsible 23 year old 40 goal scorer because he made a mistake somewhere across the world, the result of which has no impact on "your team", and then ask yourself if youre really qualified to make that judgement. you can talk also(obviously), but if your comments are this consistantly poor and negative you should shut up, the caps arent expected to challenge for the cup next year, that would be nice but the playoffs are more reasonable, start complaining if and when that doesnt happen. also, the only thing anyone should be laughing out loud about is how often you use "LOL" and your abuse of CAPS LOCK.

I never said get rid of Semin....LOL, Good god are you going to spin everything? I SAID I was glad he got kicked off the team in Russia because he reported late...THATS IT!

roflmao.....i can't help it!

Posted by: caphcky | April 19, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

nice try caphcky

Posted by: dear penguins fan | April 19, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

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