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Alex Semin is frustrating the Caps with dumb penalties again

Nov 9, 2011, 9:28 AM EST

Alexander Semin, Nate Thompson

We all know that when Alexander Semin tries he can be a great offensive player. This season, however, he’s been better at putting his team down a man than up by a goal. With 18 penalty minutes on the season, Semin is the Caps’ de facto “goon” in that he’s leading the team in penalties. For a guy that’s supposed to help the team score goals, that’s no good.

Semin’s play last night in a circus-like performance losing 5-2 to Dallas came under fire by coach Bruce Boudreau. Boudreau cut Semin’s ice time last night after taking a brutal penalty that led to a game-changing power play goal. Boudreau ranted after the game and CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley was there to get the brunt of his frustration with Semin and what to do to fix it.

“You address it by taking ice time away,” Boudreau said. “Alex Semin got two shifts after that penalty and they were both on power plays. As hard as he worked in the first period – he scored a goal – he can’t be leading our team in minors. He’s got nine minors in 13 games. That can’t be done. He’s got to move his legs and not take those penalties.”

Gormley suggests that perhaps the last way left to get through to Semin is to scratch him for a game and learn his lesson. It’d be a harsh way to go about things, but if Boudreau is at the breaking point, it could be the only way to make it clear that dumb penalties won’t be tolerated. Would that be too harsh or the right way to go about it?

  1. ravenscaps48 - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Who, Semin?…. Not Alexander Semin!… TRADE THIS BUM FOR IGINLA

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      You just gave the reason why the trade would never happen ha. Why would CGY make that trade?

      • danphipps01 - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

        Don’t underestimate Jay Feaster’s naivete. The guy’s gunning hard for young skill players who maybe have ego problems he thinks he can solve. See: Kyle fucking Turris. If he’s interested in Turris, he’d at least listen if the Caps come knocking. Besides, Iggy might want to go to a contender. There are actually a few factors working in favour of that trade. Still not likely (or a good idea), but not impossible.

    • stakex - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      Why trade one bum for another?

  2. dowhatifeellike - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Again? I don’t think he ever stopped.

  3. jrocknstuff - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    For all the good moves GM GM has made over the years, continuously signing this guy to cap filling one year deals is not on the highlight reel. Semin is a problem on and off the ice and the only way to cure the team of his ills is to ship him to a team struggling to stay above the cap floor. Granted, that team will need to be sure they can lock Semin up for at least three or four years, but for Washington scratching him is only a short term fix. Like Bradley said in the off season, Semin just doesn’t care and doesn’t have the work ethic. That is part of the problem in the offensive zone when he fails to move his feet. He takes as many stick penalties as anyone in hockey and he continues to put the team in bad situations. And it’s more than fair to say the Caps don’t have one of the better penalty kills in the league.

  4. cshearing - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    I said it during the summer; if Semin is one of your go-to players, you will never win a championship.

  5. stakex - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    I’ll never know what the Capitals are thinking when they keep re-signing Semin. Sure, he CAN be a great player and has a load of talent… but hes far more trouble then hes worth. He takes bad penelties, he under performs in the regular season, he is all but useless in the playoffs, has a reputation of not giving a damn, and yet they give him $7 million for the year? Thats just insane. Now the Caps are paying the price. They should have simply let him walk in the summer.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

      Imagine what they could do with the extra Jarome Iginla’s entire salary, eh? Eh?

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