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Therrien Responds to Semin's Comments

Pens Coach Michel Therrien, never one to bite his toungue, responded earlier today to Alexander Semin's controversial comments about Sidney Crosby:

From the Penguins' web site (via Kukla's Korner):

"Is he talking about the youngest guy to get 100 points in the history of the National Hockey League? Is he talking about the youngest guy to win the Hart Trophy and lead the league in scoring? Is he talking about the youngest captain in the National Hockey League to bring his team to the Stanley Cup Final? That's all I have to say."

As if the Caps-Pens rivalry needed any more fuel ...

Read the whole article here.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 6, 2008; 3:40 PM ET
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yet another misreading...

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 6, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Semin says - "That's nice, but what about this year?"

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | November 6, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Thought Malkin had a lot to do with last year too......

Posted by: Grape8 | November 6, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

It's like a game of Telephone.

Posted by: JillC | November 6, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

10,200 seconds to the drop of the puck

Posted by: _stevo | November 6, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

More people taking themselves way too seriously.
Semin's probably snickering somewhere :P

Posted by: honed | November 6, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"Is he talking about the youngest guy in the NHL to wear knee pads in the locker room in front of Malkin's package?"

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 6, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

maybe Semin will call out some of his underachieving teamates.

Posted by: wendel2 | November 6, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, if Pierre McGuire ever gets another job, I'm sure Therrien will take his spot.

Posted by: redskins91 | November 6, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey Michelle...

Posted by: matucker | November 6, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"Is he talking about the guy that is still living in Mario's basement?"

Posted by: panic13 | November 6, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Is he talking about the youngest guy to win the Calder? Oh, wait...

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | November 6, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Mario's basement...? Now that made me laugh.

Posted by: Steve_R | November 6, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

who cares... semin just said he's good but not great... he never said he sucked, that he dives every other play, half his points are secondary assist, and that he got the mvp cuz the commish gave it to him.... come on, next subject

Posted by: vik191 | November 6, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I agree with Grape8 ... funny how someone who only played around 12 games in the regular season lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals. He did help during the playoffs, but other members of the Pens had to step up and help lead that team while he was hurt.

Posted by: RockFan4Life2005 | November 6, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Is there going to be a chat tomorrow?

Posted by: Hatfield223 | November 6, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Michel Therrien....what a beaut.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | November 6, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

This has just hit rediculous territory. So what the kid talked a little trash get over it.

Posted by: superpaqman | November 6, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

It took Therien a week to come up with that?

Posted by: Whitermage | November 6, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

First Deshawn Stevenson takes on LeTravel - now Semin taking on secondary assist leader and top whiner Syd! AWESOME!

Posted by: sumplmg | November 6, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Like the last thread, this subject should be closed! Thanks DrinkingPartner. haha
Regarding Pierre McGuire, I'd like to apologise on Canada's behalf for his Crosby infatuation... it was getting to be a little too much there. YIKES!

Posted by: edmontoncapsfan | November 6, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Semin. Thanks for giving everyone a good laugh! Of course the NHL executives, Ted and everyone else are really loving it too. Nothing like a little talk to get people excited about things!!!!

Semin is right we don't have "beautiful hockey" here. I wonder if that was translated right???

Hockey is an "ugly" product here!!!
NHL right down to every youth team in America...dump the puck! Its boring!

Semin has always dazzled us on the ice. Now he is challenging us to think about our game. I hope Gary got the message!

Posted by: hockeymom03 | November 6, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm telling you, this is going to come back to haunt Semin. Next time they play, El Cyd is going to skate by him, and look menancingly in his general direction! Or, he will throw down his stick, and lay a serious slap fight on his a$$! Or, while crying on a referee's shoulder, he may whisper that Sasha had ruined his confidence, making it impossible for him to play or wash his hair. Semin draws a match penalty....

Posted by: Leeguru | November 6, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Sasha is a jealous little girl, sure he's a pure sniper but a jealous one at that.

BTW, will anyone be surprisd when (not if) OV ends up seriously injured ?

He's a very selfish player, while it's part of what makes him such a force, it's too bad I have to watch him constantly taking a run at guys, this will end up coming back to haunt him.

He should focus on putting the puck in the net.

Posted by: Cheef | November 6, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Close this topic? No way - keep the trash talk going! What didn't get translated was "if all of Cindy's secondary assists counted for half a point each, his point totals would drop like a stone." Sasha is going to torch the Pens next time, while OV knocks Malkin into the third row.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | November 6, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Semin! Way to get into Crosby's head already! OV's got your back and he will definitely take a shot at Sid "The Crybaby Kid" Crosby the next time you play them. Yeah OV may eventually get hurt, but at least he will go down like a "Man" take Malkin and Sid with him to the hospital! You will never hear OV whine and complain or need someone to defend him like that ESPN influenced ESPY winning Crosby Wuss!

Posted by: JohnWWW | November 6, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Semin was talking out his ass, speaking as a neutral party (Habs fan), but who cares?

He got in their heads, and perhaps the biggest reason hockey has not managed to truly break in the U.S. is the lack of personalities. Semin is just what the league needs and I pray Buttman or Caps management doesn't force him to shut up.

Posted by: TrickyWoo | November 7, 2008 4:14 AM | Report abuse

The more trash talking there is in hockey the better it is for the league. This is what gets fans excited, not polite interviews full of cliches "we respect their team, we have to go to the net..." blah, blah... zzzzzz.

I think that anyone who understand hockey will say that Crosby is a great player, but also he does get a lot of secondary assists. But then again so does everyone in this league. The NHL pads players' stats and has been doing it for ages. You've just noticed?

The reason assist stats and point totals were relatively in the old Russian Superliga is because you'd only get an assist when you actually assisted on a goal. That is, your intention to setup someone for a goal was clearly visible (most goals only got 1 assist). In North America if you're standing in your own zone and the puck happens to bounce off your ass to a teammate and that guy sets someone up for a goal you get an assist (no pun intended).

Posted by: ranndino | November 9, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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