Alexander Semin won't report to training camp

According to nhl.com, left winger Alexander Semin has not reported to Washington’s training camp despite being under contract. What is strange though, is that the Russian media is reporting that Semin would likely remain in Russia for all year.Everybody knows Alexander Ovechkin, the talented left winger that will start his career with the Washington Capitals this year. Skilled and camera-friendly, Ovechkin has everything looking like a future all-star in the NHL. In the same team, there’s another young and talented Russian left winger named Alexander Semin.

In 03′-04′, while he was only 19 years old, did very well by scoring 10 goals in 52 games. He is described has an explosive skater with great hands and electrifying one-on-one moves. Washington, while being in total re-building process, has 2 Russian jewels playing at the same position: left wing.

George McPhee is currently very frustrated by Semin and his agent’s attitude, and it’s not the first time. Last year, Semin didn’t want to report to Portland (baby Caps), and preferred opting for a richer contract in Lada, Russia. Result: suspended by the Capitals. He also missed the 2004 season’s last game by missing his plane. Now, alleging “visa problems”, his agent re-assured McPhee by saying his player would come at the minute his papers are fixed… and it’s been 2 weeks now, no word, nothing. He even replaced his agent lately. He’s under contract for 1 million in 2006, so why would he act like that?

Is he jealous of Ovechkin? Does he want to play outside of Washington? You can be sure he’s losing points in everybody’s notebook, so why should he risk another suspension by acting like… well.. a Russian?

NHL NOTES:

http://www.nhl.com/news/2005/09/235160.html

RUSSIAN PROSPECTS:

http://www.russianprospects.com/public/index.php?id=2360&PHPSESSID=da107b0220d6aaafe3b90531140ac6d6


19 Responses to Alexander Semin won't report to training camp

  1. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    :( he could have been great i hope he plays

  2. Marky2Fresh says:

    Any Caps fans on this site?

  3. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    they were my second favourite team………………………………………not anymore though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. wingerxxx says:

    I live in Maryland, not far at all from the MCI Center where the Caps play. The hockey fans here…what few there are, unfortunately…are NOT happy. They’re not stupid, they know Semin is a big part of the future here.

    The MCI Center was a little under halfway full for the 03-04 season opener…I was there, against the Islanders. I shudder to think of how it will look opening night this year.

  5. CechmanekForVezina says:

    What an unfortunate last name.

  6. bruinfan_2 says:

    sign and trade for gill to the bruins

  7. shapter07 says:

    hmm a great young player for an old slow defenseman….. maybe if it was gill and boyes or gill/hilbert and a pick

  8. Resmo112 says:

    Atleast someone else knows what it’s like to have russians being jerks to your team. atlanta fans and detroits aren’t the only ones anymore.

  9. mundus80 says:

    “so why should he risk another suspension by acting like… well.. a Russian”. i love it. what is up with these russians? very few are worth the money they get paid. not that they are not worth a good pay check but they get way to much. if i was a gm i would but a dont dick around with us clause. if you want to play play if not then go to russia, we dont care. it sucks for the teams that put the money aside for you then you dont show. that money could be used for someone else. that someone would be a player that wants to play and more then likly a better allround player. but its most likly the russian mobs fault, because they want there cut out of these guys pay checks. but they cant say that or there grandma gets shot or looses’ a toe whatever they do. or turns there hot sister into a tenis star. but if thats not the case he can eat a fat helping of his last name.

  10. Byzzy says:

    Yeah. I’ve been in a hockey pool for years, and that pool includes the same team year after year, with drafts and trades. Each time I take a risk with a Russian, I lose points and these players drive me mad. 2 years ago I said to my buddies “No Russians anymore”.

    And then, Semin is still available in our second round. And I take him. And there you go.

  11. Byzzy says:

    That is so cool! It’s the first time I ever submit an article, and it is published. Even with my Quebec French/English! :-) Thanks for reading.

  12. Byzzy says:

    Yeah. I’ve been in a hockey pool for years, and that pool includes the same team year after year, with drafts and trades. Each time I take a risk with a Russian, I lose points and these players drive me mad. 2 years ago I said to my buddies “No Russians anymore”.

    And then, Semin is still available in our second round. And I take him. And there you go.

  13. Byzzy says:

    Yeah. I’ve been in a hockey pool for years, and that pool includes the same team year after year, with drafts and trades. Each time I take a risk with a Russian, I lose points and these players drive me mad. 2 years ago I said to my buddies “No Russians anymore”.

    And then, Semin is still available in our second round. And I take him. And there you go.

  14. Komisarek says:

    Bonne job mon compatriote, t’es pas la seule grenouille sur le site !

  15. Quebecois says:

    Non a pas le seul québécois

    Vive le Quebec… apres tout c nous ki a inventer le hockey 😉

  16. goleafsgo1991 says:

    Doesn’t he have a year of obligatory military duty left, which means he can’t leave the country if he wants to come back, and meaning it’s preferable he play in the Russian Superleague this year, because that counts as duty?

  17. Byzzy says:

    Merci! Santé et bonne saison des Canadiens.

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