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.
September 12, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
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