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Semin's Knee Ailment Called "Insignificant"

I received a few emails this morning from concerned fans about an internet report out of Russia which suggests that Alexander Semin suffered a knee injury while training in his homeland.

That's not true, at least according to his agent, Mark Gandler. I spoke to Gandler this morning, and here's what he had to say:

"I don't want to call it an injury," Gandler said. "He had a certain pain in his knee for the whole year while he was in Washington. It happens when he is running, particularly uphill and downhill. But it did not interfere in any of his on ice activities, whatsoever."

Gandler added: "After the season, Alex notified the [Caps'] training staff and they couldn't find anything. While he was in Russia, he got an MRI, which we sent to the Capitals. What they found was so insignificant that it is certainly not a surgical matter. It only requires regular rehab and care. It's as insignificant as anything you can have."

Gandler did not specify which knee has been bothering Semin, but the agent clearly is not worried about it.

I'll update later if the Caps have anything to add to this apparent non-issue.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 30, 2007; 10:33 AM ET
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