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Caps’ Brouwer slams ex-teammate Semin

Feb 25, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

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On the eve of Alex Semin making his return to Washington, Troy Brouwer had some pointed criticisms of his former teammate.

“Some nights you didn’t even know if he was gonna come to the rink,” Brouwer told the Washington Post. “It’s tough to play alongside guys like those because you don’t know what you’re gonna get out of ‘em.”

The Caps will host the ‘Canes on Tuesday, marking the first time Semin will play at the Verizon Center in an opponent’s uniform. The 28-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career in the nation’s capital, scoring 197 goals.

Brouwer doesn’t seem to miss any of it.

He went on to add that while it was tough to lose Semin’s scoring ability “when he wanted to play,” the Caps are “doing well without him.”

Two things to note here:

One, this isn’t the first time one of Semin’s old Washington teammates have blasted him in the media.

In 2011, former Caps winger Matt Bradley (then with the Florida Panthers) said Semin “just doesn’t care” and that “you almost get the sense that he wants to be back in Russia.”

Of course, the big difference between Bradley’s comments and Brouwer’s were that Bradley was no longer a part of the Washington organization upon making them.

(They also weren’t made on the eve of facing Semin.)

Two, Brouwer. He’s had — oh, how to put this — a propensity to vocalize his opinions about the Caps, despite the fact he’s only been there for a year-and-a-half.

Consider the following:

Capitals playing ‘pathetic’ hockey right now, says Brouwer

Brouwer accuses Caps teammates Hamrlik and Neuvirth of selling us out’

Brouwer on Caps: ‘We looked like a real timid, beaten down hockey team’

So yeah. Brouwer talks a lot.

As for Semin…well, he’s proven to be a quality pickup for Carolina, sitting third on the team in scoring — 4G-10A-14PTS in 17 games — while averaging 20:49 in ice time per game, most among all ‘Canes forwards.

He’s also won over team captain Eric Staal.

“He has been nothing but great,” Staal told TSN recently. “He’s been a great teammate for everyone in this room and the type of guy who competes in practice and in games and that’s all you can ask for.”


Carolina forward Tim Brent has jumped to Semin’s defense via Twitter…

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Whereas, with Brouwer, you KNOW you’re going to get less than 40 points per year….

    • trick9 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Whereas, with Brouwer you know that your team will take 80% less stupid penalties rather than with Semin instead.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      The way the Canes came to his defense was classic (and classy)…it’s really hard to dislike the Canes this year.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      at least he backs it with his play, brouwer has been good since he has arrived and has taken on a leadership role in the absence of the caps real captain #21

  2. sjsharks66 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Hahaha ^

  3. rsl22 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    1) The Caps would not be 6-10-1 right now with Semin; I really believe they’d be closer to 10-6-1 instead.

    2) Why would you taunt a guy that you play the next day (and four more times after that), especially a guy that has the ability to put up huge games?

    3) As a Caps fan, he was supremely frustrating to watch at times, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t swap Joey Crabb for him in a heartbeat.

    • trick9 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      ”especially a guy that has the ability to put up huge games? ”

      True, that’s what he is famous of. Having huge games when the spotlight is on him.

      I really hope that was a joke.

      • rsl22 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        I hope English is your second language. I have no idea what your point is or what you’re implying.

      • trick9 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Maybe you actually need to have some sense of humour to be able to read that.

        My bad.

    • wethog66 - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      1, You sure about that? The Caps version of Sasha wouldn’t of shown up for half the games the Caps have played this far. Sasha is on a 1 year deal with the only team that would give him that much money. No play no pay works in any language, even Russian.

      2. Because Brouwer knows Sasha is mentally fragile, doesn’t like being the center of attention. Also, Brouwer was telling the truth about an unbelievable talent that has wasted it for over 400 games with the Caps.

      3. Crabb didn’t take Sasha’s spot on the roster. Mike Ribero did, and I’d take Ribs over Sasha right now.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Well deserved. Alex Semin is the most enigmatic player in the NHL. Has been for the last 4 or 5 years

    • rsl22 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      I agree. But do you not want him on your team?

      • ravenscaps48 - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        I’d rather have Mike Ribeiro than Alex Semin

      • rsl22 - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Semin never had a proper center. They finally got that center, and got rid of the scoring winger. Brilliant.

      • ravenscaps48 - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Because Semin was never paired up with Nicky Backstrom or anything.

  5. capsfan19 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    It seems like he just needed a change of scenary is all. But watch he’s gonna come out all guns blazin’ tomorrow night (which is a scary thought. Especially coming from a guy who can make lundqvist look like a fool

  6. jason9696 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Alexander Semin doesn’t always show up. But he has one of the hardest and most accurate wrist shots in the entire league.

  7. operwapitsai - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    well I wish the caps could have at least gotten something in return for him…. on another note, is he really worth that $7mil salary?

    • withseidelinn - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Not worth $7 mil at all IMO – I think he is extremely talented but his inconsistency decrease his value. I agree the caps should have traded him to get something in return. I’ll be interested to see his totals at the end of this season and if the Canes make the playoffs, how he’ll perform there. Also, if he earns another deal with Carolina, will his salary be cut ??

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      Carolina didn’t sign him for that much because he was worth that much, they signed him for that much because they struggle to hit the cap floor and if they have to pay somebody that much to hit it you may as well spend it on someone who has the potential to be a difference maker. He helped respark Skinner and E.Staal to return to form. He might not be putting up the points directly, but he’s indirectly bringing some life to a team that has some potential to take advantage of a weak division.

  8. lonespeed - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Doing fine without him? Aren’t the Caps last in the Southeast? Who scares you on the Capitals right now once you get past Alex Ovechkin and Nicolas Backstrom? Certainly not scoring machines like Jay Beagle.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      If you look at Brouwers eyes closely in that picture, Brouwer will scare you….it’s like he has no soul…

  9. operwapitsai - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    it will be interesting to see how teams will grade production after a shortened season. with semins respectable production this year its highly unlikely but heck maybe well see him back in WSH next season. but really tho I think the locker room really wanted him out aside from his ability on the ice

  10. ironyisadeadscene - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    All I get from this story is that Brouwer is kind of a d!ck

  11. rflashj - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Brouwer won a Stanley Cup on a team where every night every player gave 100%. The little guys (like Brouwer) were just as important as the stars on the team. When someone only give a 100% some of the time, there will be problems on the entire team. A change of scenery has been good for Semin, but it does not excuse they way he played the last couple of seasons.

  12. govtminion - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Semin always seemed to play when he felt like it… and I bet comments like these will help make sure he feels like it Tuesday night. Bad idea, Brouwer.

  13. therealjr - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Tim Brent can talk to me after a couple patented Semin playoff no-shows

  14. stakex - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Brouwer runs his mouth an awful lot for a very so-so player.

  15. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    What a dysfunctional team. Can you imagine what they’re going to say about crazy 8 after he gets traded?

  16. thehighcountrybear - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Hockey…? Meet soap opera, where so and so said so and so about so and so…what happened to the men of the game? This is the sort of thing we’d expect to hear between classes in a junior high school. Do it on the ice, face to face girls…

  17. subliminalnoize - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Tory’s comments are nothing but the truth, and like all comments that can fuel any fire the media blows it totally out of proportion. There have been many time’s teammates have made comment’s about Semin, and his lack luster play on nights when he was no where to be found. In fact I remember Laich calling out Semin and Ovi in an exit interview when they were ousted by the Bolts, but no media issue then cause it was old hack. Fact is and most people who have watched Semin the past few years know, that when he wants to show he shows, and when he is lost in space there is know finding Mother Russia.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Great regular season play, but no where to be found in the post season’s. Once Carolina signs him for more then a year, he’ll stop producing. Enough said on that that.
      Now for this article , read the one on its not, twisted and chopped by PHT.

  18. uuhh2984 - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    i just think its stupid to talk junk about a guy with that much talent. however i can see it now 3 pt night for sasha or he is going to play like absolute crap. Either way it will be interesting to see

  19. smgraff4 - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Don’t know about that one. I think Semin is simply a country boy, and never really liked playing in a town like Washington. Obviously, Semin seems to like Carolina enough where he’s giving it all. You don’t know if people “don’t care” because they are lazy players, or simply because something bugged him about DC or the hockey culture around DC, that didn’t seem right by him. Semin’s tendency to disappear was even more prominent during his KHL stint this year. But I am not sure what about Carolina is clicking for him–perhaps he likes the Southern lifestyle better, perhaps he’s made better friends with the Staals, perhaps Semin realized he wasted a really good opportunity in DC and vowed to change. Perhaps he realized the KHL was just not for him, and wanted to commit to doing everything it took to play NHL hockey.

    We won’t know what until Semin becomes enough of a hockey hero in Carolina for someone to do a proper profile of him, or he talks. But whatever it is, it seems to be cured in Carolina, and unfortunately I worry about Brouwer’s words coming back to haunt the Caps, with the Canes rallying around Semin (and playing extra hard for him).

  20. hockeydon10 - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Not a Caps fan, just to throw that out there.

    I came across this article about Semin and what he brings to a team.

    For the short attention span crowd, it shows through statistics that he makes his team better in every situation when he’s on the ice.

    Since reading that, I find more and more of the criticism I read from commentators are simply parroting the talking heads on TV.

    • wethog66 - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      No parroting from me. I was a Caps fan long before Semin was drafted and I watched close to all of the 400+ games he played for the Caps. He is an extremely talented player, more talented than OV, but he is not consistent. He will be in God mode for a 5-10 game stretch, then go into ghost mode for a 20 game stretch. In the playoffs he is another crap shoot. 2 years ago during the sweep in the 2nd round at the hands of TB Semin was a complete liability on the ice.

      So yes a part of me was disappointed to see Semin go, but in the end he had to go. Its bad enough when the Captain OV floats during games, but having OV’s BFF Semin show up when he wants was to much. Additon by subtraction.

  21. watermelon1 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Well… If I were the caps I’d worry about getting out of the NHL cellar before I talk about other teams.

    But… Semin did seem lackadaisical on DC, but there were so many worse problems that I really can’t fault him. Number 1 being the horribly overrated mike green because of 1 high-scoring season. That guy should have been traded for max returns after that one season. He’s killing the caps with his salary and lack if talent.

  22. broadstbully33 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I didn’t know skinner needed a spark? That’s a dumb unjustified statement. He was injured last year and performed on par when he returned. He was having a good season before this injury. What a dumb comment.

  23. cspsrbums - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Brouwer should keep his comments to himself since he can’t break 20 goals a year much if ever . As a Caps fan Semin was and is one of the most talented player in the NHL and yes the the Caps were a better team with him. Brouwer speaks out about his teammates all the time. He called out nervy and Hameln during the lockout saying they turned against them. He should worry about himself and just play the game

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