Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/24/10 at 10:37 PM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
He either doesn’t speak English or prefers not to try, and both amount to the same thing. Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green are left to explain the triumphs and defeats, while Semin plays his game and takes his paycheque and excuses himself from pretty much everything else.
He is the anti-Ovechkin, a star making no impression on the larger D.C. hockey and sports landscape. Like Colonel Flagg of M*A*S*H* television fame, Semin is the wind, but without the good punchlines.
While GM George McPhee works on a long-term deal for Backstrom, he probably wonders how much longer he needs to keep Semin around. He’s got a good young Swede coming, forward Marcus Johansson, and as the market for Kessel and Kovalchuk demonstrated this season, there’s undoubtedly a rich harvest to be had if the Caps were to move Semin.
Right now, they’re hoping the Russian Riddler demonstrates his talent in Game 6 against the Canadiens on Monday night.
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