Tarik asks him the first question and Semin immediately answers in Russian, "I haven't sign anything yet."
I, like, wow, Semin didn't need a translator! And then Tarik continues, "But you've agreed on the terms." Semin either pretends he didn't understand or he really didn't get it, but he says in Russian, "What are they talking about?" LOL.
But eventually I've come to a conclusion that his command of English is really basic, and that he barely understands the questions.
Now, how this guy would understand Bruce Boudreau in the heat of the game? He won't. That's the reason why he takes stupid penalties and doesn't react like Ovechkin did in the game against Edmonton. As you remember Boudreau kept both of them in a locker room before the third period and delivered a message:
"I don't like yelling at [Ovechkin], but sometimes you see guys who look tired and down and they need a little boost," Boudreau said. "I tried to give it to him and challenged him. I started him right off the bat. Instead of saying, 'Woe is me, why is the coach yelling at me?' he took up the challenge and said, 'I'll show you,' and went out there and got three points in the third and led us to a victory."Semin was right there, but he didn't get it.
Alexander Semin's one year contract extension is worth $6 million, I'm told.
"It's what the player preferred," GM George McPhee said. "We discussed a number of options, but this is the way he wanted to go for now. Which is fine with us because it gives us flexibility going forward."
When Semin will learn English and that will start with giving the interviews in English, he will be even a better player. It happened to many Russians in the NHL before. The question is, will this happen in Washington or elsewhere?