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01-14-2013, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
You cannot name 700 players that are better two-way players than Semin. I watched a lot of Washington games in the playoffs, he was quite good. There's a stereotype that he's a lazy Russian forward, but the stereotype is not valid.

Subban is missing some time in training camp. That's probably not good for the team.
It is incredibly valid. There is no one currently in the NHL who takes lazier penalties and who embodies the "heartless Russian" stereotype the way Semin does. He was fine when Boudreau was his coach and he could do whatever he wanted, and he was a disaster when Hunter came in and actually tried to implement a system. If you watched him in the playoffs I assume you also saw all 4 points he put up, which is what Bergevin was supposed to throw $7m at, lest he be branded a "bigot"?

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