Just a few days after Alexander Semin’s agent told an ESPN reporter that his client was done with the Washington Capitals, he seems to be waffling a bit.
Mark Gandler, who represents Semin joined 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Sky Kerstein Tuesday evening, to clarify some of his earlier statements.
Gandler seemed to want to get the point across that Semin would still consider playing for Washington, given the right length of contract and the right stipulations in his contract.
He criticized the NHL’s bookkeeping, stating that his client actually received less ice time than what was listed, but directed that vitriol toward the Capitals franchise for not giving him enough opportunities to get in the game.
“The point is not about the offer, the point is there’s no reason to discuss money or terms if they really don’t need the guy. If you look at the situations: 4-on-5 he doesn’t play. 4-on-4 he doesn’t play. Overtime he doesn’t play. Usually first power play he doesn’t play. He basically has become a role player by design, and that’s not something he’s prepared to accept.”
But it didn’t stop there.
Gandler made it perfectly clear that if the team maintains the style of play they utilized in the playoffs and the team has no intention of expanding his client’s role, Alexander Semin will not be a Capital next year. The ice time isn’t just emotionally frustrating for him, but it is apparently physically impairing.
“When you have 3 or 4 penalties in the period then he doesn’t come out to play at all. It’s just very difficult to perform. It’s a pretty cold situation near the ice. You can’t sit on the bench and then come out and tell your head that you have to go when your legs don’t move.”
When asked what the Caps would be missing, besides the overall upper-echelon talent, Semin’s agent offered this.
“I would look at his defensive ability. I would point out his plus/minus over the last few years, and if they want to watch him on tape and see when the attack breaks down, who’s the first guy running back? How hard he’s coming back? What is his back-checking? What is his ability to fight for the pucks on the boards?”
With Alexander Semin not being much of a talker, if we’re supposed to take his agent’s words as his own gospel, then it would appear that when it comes to Semin and the Caps, the two sides are much further apart than they are close to reaching a new deal.
Speaking of talking, that was brought up to.
“His English is not that great. He is just uncomfortable with the media, period. He’s a quiet guy. He just likes to do his thing on the ice and that’s it.”
Would he sign a one-year contract again?
After further prodding, Gandler admits that any contract offered has to be more than two years in length.
So basically, what we know is that the two sides aren’t talking, and it’s unlikely they will until the playoffs end, but even when they do, the Capitals still don’t have a head coach to dictate the direction of the team, to appease the ‘ice time’ portion of Semin’s needs.
So we’ll see how this goes.
To hear the full interview, click here.