Matt Bradley had to answer the question to Ottawa's radio station (you know, he is from Ottawa) why the Washington Capitals team was never been able to break through in playoffs...
Matt questioned some work ethics, like some people having questionable injuries and not showing up at the morning skate (no, it was not about Ovi, as you can see below) or in playoffs. He critized Bruce a bit, though understanding why it happened, for playing highly paid players who wouldn't show up in playoffs (insert Backstrom, Green, etc.) instead of blue color guys like Chimera (Nah, wouldn't agree on this guy) And obviously there was an easy target: Alex Semin, he ripped him for his attitude, indifference, etc.
And the next question, as you can imagine, was about Alex Ovechkin
TEAM 1200 in Ottawa:
Q.: Is, is, to use a poker term, is Alexander Ovechkin in your opinion, I mean, he is the Captain, is he all-in when it comes to try to win the Stanley Cup in Washington, or is he got some growing and some maturing to do yet?
Matt Bradley: No, I never worry about Ovi, he is all-in guy, he is young, he makes his mistakes, the same as anyone would. I'm also trying to put myself in his position and you gotta remember, he is 25 years old, he's got a guaranted $120 milion, he is on top of the world, and he still for the most part makes the right decisions.
No, I don't worry about him, I don't worry about most of the guys in that team, that's why in the end they'll do well... Ovi has some growing up to do as far as taking care of himself and things like that, but as far as his want to win, he really does just want to win the game... He doesn't care if he scores or not... He is a great guy, great player, I'd never say anything bad about him...
Well, Matt said everything right, but as of Semin...
I've never been a fan of Alex Semin, but following him for all these years I realized that Semin tries really hard to be better, he does care. But his normal state is indifference, he can't break out of it, and it pisses everyone off. It's like asking attention from a person with attention deficit disorder. Yeah, trade him, but what if for short moment somewhere in playoffs he would be able to get out of his state of indifference? That's what GMGM and everybody else is hoping for; because this guy can score GWG in SCF.
Update from Coach Boudreau via TSN:
Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau spoke on TSN 1050 Wednesday and initially declined comment on Bradley's remarks, but answered when pressed on what Semin's response may be.
"He's in Siberia. He may not get [word of] it. I don't know," Boudreau told TSN 1050 of Bradley's comments. "By the time training camp comes around, I think it'll die."
Boudreau agreed with Bradley's talent assessment of Semin.
"He's a great player. I always think he's going to have a 50-goal year, before (the season) starts. He's just so talented," he said.
What is funny, originally they made a typo, instead of "Semin's response" it was "Ovechkin's response." Russian Sport-Express didn't get it, and they translated that "As far as Ovechkin concerned, he is in Siberia now (Что же касается Овечкина, то он сейчас находится в Сибири)."