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The Other Alexander The Great

from Mark Masters of TSN,

Eric Staal heard the buzz. He heard that Alexander Semin, his new teammate, did not have the work ethic to match his immense skill. He heard the phrases 'coach killer' and 'enigmatic' applied to the 28-year-old. And he didn't know what to believe.  

"I knew he had a ton of skill, obviously, I'd seen him for a lot of years in Washington and he scored a lot of goals against our team, but, a lot of stuff was said about him that, for me, I wasn't going to judge or be opinionated on it until I knew him and met him and got to play with him," the Carolina Hurricanes captain said.

And the early returns have been overwhelmingly positive.

"He has been nothing but great," said Staal. "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."

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I never understand these type of interviews.  What do they expect Staal to say?  Even if the guy was a nightmare to play with, no one is going to say “uh yea, the guy is horrible”.  Not when he is on the same team.  Now, once he leaves…. or someone else leaves, that is when you really find out.

and we already have… Steckel and Bradley

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/15/13 at 03:32 PM ET

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