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Semin’s agent clarifies statements, Washington return still sounds unlikely

May 15, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

Alexander Semin AP

One day after emphatically shooting down Alex Semin’s return to Washington, agent Mark Gandler clarified his remarks.

“The team has to change the direction, the organization,” Gandler told the Washington Times. “And if they choose how they’re going to do business, that’s fine. But Alex is not prepared to continue in this role.”

Semin, 28, was displeased with how the Capitals utilized him this past season. Gandler said things got “a little worse” after Dale Hunter took over from Bruce Boudreau (funny, because one of Boudreau’s final moves as head coach was to make Semin a healthy scratch) but said the coach wasn’t the major issue.

It was the organization.

“If they continue the same path, they’ll choose a coach that subscribes to that philosophy,” Gandler said. “Whoever the coach is going to be is not as important as what the management decides on the direction of the team for the next number of years.”

Gandler also re-iterated a number of things he said yesterday to ESPN’s Craig Custance:

— That Semin was bothered by barely playing on the penalty kill, 4-on-4 and at the end of games.

— They’re done with signing one-year deals (Semin’s agreed to them for each of the last two seasons.)

— The perception of Semin as “lazy or a “slacker” is wrong and unjustified.

— The next deal will be about term and direction of the team, then money.

Gandler also stated Semin isn’t considering going to the KHL.

  1. steviep23 - May 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Should’ve traded him while they had the chance.

    • ravenscaps48 - May 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Agree with you 1,00%… I wish they had traded him last year at the deadline

  2. danaking - May 15, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Maybe his agent could help Semin’s cause by shutting up. He’s coming across like the team had better conform to Alex’s wishes. That’s not going to endear him to any potential suitors, either.

  3. biffnasty - May 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Sounds like a baby

  4. somekat - May 15, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Shouldn’t of said it in public, but I see nothing wrong with the message. If the team is going to play a certain style, and that style hurts his game, why would he want to stay there? Isn’t that the same reason Washington was thinking of letting him walk in the first place, because they weren’t sure he fit their system any more?

    What’s good for the goose…………..

  5. skinsfan56 - May 15, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    No chance the caps re-sign semin. He brings down his teammates with his lack of effort. His agent only clarified anything cause it makes him look worse to potential suitors.

  6. sergeikremlin - May 15, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Semin and his agent are well within their rights to make demands after signing back-to-back one-year deals, following a two-year deal; however, we all know that a sports agent and an enigmatic sniper aren’t going to dictate how G.M. and the yet-to-be-determined coach run their hockey club.

    Glad to hear he isn’t considering the KHL; he belongs in the NHL. From an agent’s perspective, might as well get the word out now, while 25 clubs (excluding Washington) are planning for next season.

  7. mclovinhockey - May 15, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Hopefully he signs in Pitt to replace who ever they get rid of between Staal and Malkin.. I wuss miss the days when the 3 stars say ovechkin laichs semin… ; )

  8. dawglb - May 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Any comment made by an agent (in this case) aren’t worth a dime. He is in the business of selling Semin to his next employer. Hockey people all over the NHL saw what they saw. He has played like a pouting baby for 2 years (especially this year). Any team that gives him a long deal is foolish. Buyers beware!

  9. cspsrbums - May 15, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    It would be foolish for the Caps to just let him walk still the best player behind Backstom Carried the team while backey was injured and Ovi suspended he will come back to haunt the Caps.If he goes before Kuz gets here you will see The Caps in the bottom of the SE for years to come. You are witnessing the collapse of the Washington Caps.

  10. wethog66 - May 15, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    OV or Nicky’s agent make comments about the direction of the organization, Uncle Teddy and GMGM better listen. Sasha? Don’t think so.

    Sasha is a hell of a talent, love the way he back checks, but he is way to streaky on the offensive side of things, and he is an offensive guy. Would of loved to have him back with the Caps, but with his agent running his mouth I’d rather he move on. Frees up 6.7 mil for a replacement. Addition by subtraction.

    • wethog66 - May 15, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      And Sasha’s agent complaining that Sasha didn’t get used on the PK is especially humerous.

  11. caps247 - May 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    If he does go, we’ll be missing a big part of our offense. After a lengthy career with the Caps it’ll be hard to see him go, especially what he done for us in the past.

    Hopefully, we will get a coach that utilizes our offensive powers like OV, Backstrom, and finds a good replacement for Semin.

    And don’t go believing the Caps are collapsing just yet, we still have 2 1st round picks I believe and a good chance to still get Suter and/or Kuz. We certainly have the cap space.

    One thing though: Wideman and Shultz should get traded for better D-men. Everyone was mostly disappointed by their plays during the regular season and the playoffs. If for some reason they don’t go, then I don’t know… they better improve their D or else they’re the next Scapegoat Semins.

  12. bleed4philly - May 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    It’d be best if they part ways. Not a good fit. I could see Semin in Tampa with Stamkos next year.

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