Former Capitals winger Matt Bradley appeared on Ottawa’s TEAM 1200 to discuss his former team. Bradley, who signed with the Florida Panthers in July, discussed the some of the problems that the Capitals had during the 2010-2011 season including what he thought to be a “nonchalant” and undisciplined locker room and that his former teammate Alex Semin “just doesn’t care.”
Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider has the quotes from Bradley’s interview.
Asked to describe the discipline problems without naming names:
“I don’t mind saying Alexander Semin’s name, because he’s one guy who has so much talent, he could easily be the best player in the league, and just for whatever reason, just doesn’t care.
“When you’ve got a guy like that, you need him to be your best player, or one of your best players, and when he doesn’t show up, you almost get the sense that he wants to be back in Russia. That’s tough to win when you’ve got a guy like that who’s supposed to be your best player not being your best player, or one of your best players.”
Bradley’s interview wasn’t all bad. He said that while Bruce Boudreau may have stuck with his stars for too long that “Bruce is a great coach and he was in a very tough position there, because in Washington our top guys are definitely the stars and the guys that people want to see on the ice.”
He also called Alex Ovechkin an “all-in guy” who he never worries about.