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07-25-2012, 11:23 AM
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Yakushev72
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Originally Posted by KevyD View Post
Months ago, I mentioned that Semin was a bad idea for not only the Russian National team but also for an NHL team. I described him as poison.

Of course, all the Russian hockey fans came out of the woodwork and told me that I was crazy, that I knew nothing about hockey and that NHL teams would be chomping at the bit to get the Russian sniper.

Well, it is July 13th and no one wants Semin - as per Michael Tkaikos' article in today National Post refering to him as a "loser, "the ultimate coach killer" and "poison".

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/...exander-semin/

So... Where are the Semin apologists now?
Semin is just the latest target among those Canadian fans and journalists who just can't seem to get by without finding a Russian scapegoat to blame their woes on. The Washington Capitols are a very mediocre team that doesn't belong in the race for a Stanley Cup, but because they haven't won one, the presence of Semin is convenient for those who don't want to lay the blame on a Canadian. Everybody understands the situation - it was Vladimir Konstantinov who said, in referring to Canadian referees, that "they hate us (Russian players), and we hate them." With individual exceptions, it has pretty much always been a hate-hate relationship.

Semin has already made a fortune to last a lifetime in the NHL, and I would love to see him move to the KHL. In the KHL, he could get a huge paycheck and pay little or no taxes. He is a big name player, which could have the effect of encouraging other big name Russian players to jump to the KHL. He could focus his efforts to a greater degree on the national team, where he can clearly contribute. If no one signs him, then he is free to go to the KHL, so I hope that that is what he is maneuvering for.

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