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by Paul on 08/17/11 at 11:31 AM ET
from Lindsay Applebaum of Capitals Insider,
(Matt) Bradley, who signed with the Florida Panthers in July as an unrestricted free agent, also told Ottawa’s TEAM 1200 that the Capitals’ locker room was “maybe a little bit too nonchalant” and undisciplined.
A partial transcipt is below:
On why the Capitals couldn’t break through in a second-round sweep against Tampa Bay:
“You know, I don’t have a definite answer. I mean, there’s reasons why. We had some guys who didn’t show up in playoffs, and I’ll leave them unnamed. I think our locker room was maybe a little bit too nonchalant, and guys weren’t disciplined the way they should have been. Those two things are big things.
“I’d say that’s about it, because we had a lot of guys that played hard and played well, and it seemed that sometimes the guys that weren’t playing well were the ones getting the [majority] of the ice time. In the playoffs I don’t think it matters who you are; it’s who’s playing well for you at the time, and that’s not always what happened with our team. It wasn’t the guys who were playing well at the time, it was the guys who were our best players for the most part who were playing no matter what.”
Asked to describe the discipline problems without naming names:
“I don’t mind saying Alexander Semin’s name, because he’s one guy who has so much talent, he could easily be the best player in the league, and just for whatever reason, just doesn’t care….
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