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Everyone welcome Alex Semin to the fourth line

Apr 29, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

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The Capitals’ practice in New York City today yielded one bit of news.

According to’s Chuck Gormley, coach Dale Hunter had forward Alexander Semin skating on the fourth line alongside Keith Aucoin and Mike Knuble. Hunter has been a stickler for accountability since becoming the Caps coach and after seeing Semin take two bad penalties in yesterday’s Game 1 loss to New York, Semin is apparently paying the price with a demotion.

Moving up in the world thanks to Semin being moved down was Joel Ward who jumps to the third line while the second line features Nicklas Backstrom centering Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera. The top line of Brooks Laich centering Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer remained unchanged.

Having Semin come up small like that in Game 1 was a tough blow for the Capitals and they’ll be banking on him returning to the form he showed in the first round where he was an all-around threat.

  1. sippindasyzurp - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    This guy is a joke… He is a selfish teammate and I can’t believe a guy like that gets paid that kind of money he does to float around on the ice and act like a little b it ch.

  2. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Worthless player

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    A Russian who plays when he wants to? Shocking.

    • barkar942 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Can anyone say Zherdev?

  4. te139 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I wish I had a coach like that growing up. Star players always got special treatment, even if they took 4 penalties in one game!

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Such a frustrating player. One the most talented offensive skaters in the league yet he uses it so little. Why so frugile haha?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Did you mean frugal or fragile? Or is it italian?

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        Frugal. Sorry ha.

  6. brian32556 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    He’s next year’s KHL star!

    • smgraff4 - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      “Next year’s KHL star”? Unless you are talking about SKA Saint Petersburg which collects ex-NHLers and doesn’t make them work together, then not even that. Most of the Russian/Eastern-European hockey clubs in the KHL are also hockey schools and field their own junior teams. Fielding a player like Alex Semin is detrimental for setting an example to the kids in those hockey schools.

      If teams in the NHL were allowed to field major junior teams (which they aren’t allowed to do right now), you may see a similar wariness in signing a guy like Semin.

      • brian32556 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        Thanks for the background on the Russian system. IDK

  7. cspsrbums - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    You all must note watch a lot of the Caps. Demon Carried this team thru the end of the season and 1st round of the playoffs scoring and blocking shotsYea he took two bad penalties one was a dive I believe . But if being moved to the 4th line is punishment Dale is a bigger idiot then I thought . The 4th line has been our best and he probably likes a matchup in disguise.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      i dont know who “demon” is so i guess i dont watch enough caps…

  8. dawglb - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Hunter is laying down the law. He was a little bit afraid to earlier. Now that yet are in the playoffs, it is his way or the highway. Will Semin and Ovie be gone next year?

  9. critter69 - May 1, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    I guess that must have been Semin’s body double out there on the second line in game 2?

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