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Semin Transcript

We'll have a few transcripts of players' interviews with the media from today's first official day of training camp at KCI. To start off, here are Alexander Semin's comments with a thank you to Dmitry Chesnokov for translating.

What is the impact of Donald Brashear's departure?
It's very bad that he left. We're going to miss him as a team especially because he was always positive in the locker room with the team. As for the toughness, especially in the New York series when he came on the ice the team played different, different maybe because he gave us confidence as a team.

Are you going to speak after every game?
Sure. If Dmitry Chesnokov translates for me I will.

What do you think about the buzz around the team?
It's always nice to come out and play when the arena is full because you want to come out and play your best hockey and show a good game and always win.

What did the time with Sergei Fedorov mean to you and what can you now share with the younger Russians in the organization?
I'm not a veteran. I'm only 25, so I'm not sure how much I can share. But Sergei was a very special player on and off the ice. When you were on the ice you could learn from him, talk to him. Even when he didn't talk to you, you could just watch him and learn a lot.

What would it mean to you to win a Cup with this team and these players?
I don't even know what to say or how to explain it. We all want to win the Cup, especially with this team. I like this team, I want to stay here and I want to win the Cup with this team.

How do you try to condition yourself for a lengthy playoff run and then this year for the Olympics as well?
I think every player takes it individually. Every player knows their body, you know how to prepare yourself and get yourself conditioned for this run. I've been playing for five years now, I know my body and I'm prepared for this.

When do you want a new contract?
This year is the final year of my contract. We're going to negotiate and we'll see where it takes us. I'm not going to say anything, whenever I sign then you'll know.

By Katie Carrera  |  September 12, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
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good stuff

Posted by: arcassells | September 12, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Tarik. Keep up the good work!

Semin sounds great.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | September 12, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Semin looked so happy to see his teammates when he arrived yesterday; hopefully, his contract negotiations will work out to everyone's satisfaction.

Posted by: pstenigma | September 12, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

How much do you want to bet that Semin was just going on and on about all the drinking he did the offseason - and that Dmitry just knows how to spin it?????

Just kidding.....SEMIN RULES!!!!!!!

Posted by: CF11555 | September 12, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Semin is now the 6th Capital who has commented on how much Brashear may be missed. You listenin McPhee? Your own players don't agree with your newfound philosophy on going the "Detroit" way.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 12, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

From previous thread about Nylander:

Back in June, Japers' posted a complete explanation of the process Nylander would go through if he were "loaned" to Russia:

And, there is precedent since the Rangers did something similar with Darius Kasparaitis a few years back:

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | September 12, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

thanks for getting the silent siberian to speak :)

Posted by: spinner-33 | September 12, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Tarik. Keep up the good work!

Semin sounds great.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | September 12, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Katie says "you're welcome." ;-)

Glad to hear Semin wants to be on this team. I hope that translates to a solid performance all season!

Posted by: CapsChick | September 12, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty simple. Ovechkin has 12 years to go on his contract. Semin has 1. GMGM: "Here, Semin, here's an 11 year extension for $66M."

Ovie gets 9 per year; Semin gets 6 per year; and Backie gets 6.5 per year. And Green gets 7 per year when he re-ups.

Posted by: tominfl1 | September 12, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Watching Semin on the ice is different from any other player I can think of. You see lots of mistakes, dumb penalties, etc. But in the end, the net is very positive, the good far outweighs the bad. I just hope he makes some progress this year in not taking the retaliation penalties. It would also be nice if he earned some respect from the refs, who seem to consider him a big-time diver.

Posted by: zmega | September 12, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1: Um ... you ever thought that that may just be for the benefit of the media? You don't ever say of a former teammate that he won't be missed, it's that simple.

Oh wait, I asked you to think instead of kneejerk. My bad.

Posted by: kittypawz | September 12, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I think comments TO anyone in the Capitals' organization should be rightfully sent in an e-mail or snail mail to the specific person it was meant for, so the rest of us don't get riled up about how repetitive and lame the suggestion on how they do their job is. Or, we could just leave it up to them since really, your opinion posted on here doesn't really get to them in time to make those changes you desperately want from them. *shrug* I'm just sayin'....

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | September 13, 2009 2:47 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice if we can move Nylander so Semin can get another nice contract, everyone always says they want to stay with the team but a lot of the time it does come down to money. It will be a test of the management to keep these young core guys(semin, backstrom, green, laich) on the roster and keep salary room for people coming into the organization.

Posted by: breaklance | September 13, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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