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Steckel Backs Up Bradley’s Critique of Semin

From TSN:

Matt Bradley’s recent critique of Alexander Semin and his previous employer is being backed by another former Capital.

New Jersey Devils forward David Steckel, who spent the majority of last season with the Capitals before being traded in February, defended the comments of his former teammate.

Speaking to the Washington media, the 29-year-old did not dispute Bradley’s statements, which described a lack of effort from Semin and a lack of discipline from the team on the ice and in the playoffs.

“It’s not like he went out and told lies,” Steckel told reporters. “(He) didn’t really say anything bad about anybody. He just stated what he felt.”

Bradley, who signed with the Florida Panthers after six seasons in Washington, caused a stir with comments that he made in an interview with the Team 1200 radio station in Ottawa.

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UPDATE 4pm ET: This posting from TSN wasn’t properly sourced and actually comes from Lindsay Applebaum at the Washington Post’s Capitals Insider..  You can find the full, original, story here.

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  Tags: alexander+semin, david+steckel, matt+bradley

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Jizz getting ripped by Ex Teammates

Posted by Evilpens on 08/31/11 at 06:47 PM ET

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I read the full text of Steckel’s comments from top to bottom and didn’t see any explicit remark suggesting that he agreed with what Bradley said. It was all tepid, understated, don’t rock the boat, tongue-in-cheek commentary that never came out and stated flatly that Steckel agrees Semin is a lazy, underachieving laggard who simply doesn’t give a damn…

Mind you, I certainly think that’s an accurate assessment of the enigmatic forward and I’ve said so for years,  I also suspect that’s how coaches,  teammates and opponents alike view him as well. But I didn’t get that from Steckel’s so called “back up” of Bradley’s comments…

Clifford
Santa Monica, California

Posted by Clifford from SANTA MONICA, CA on 09/01/11 at 03:54 PM ET

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