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David Steckel Becomes Second Former Capital To Criticize Alexander Semin

About two weeks ago, former Washington Capitals forward Matt Bradley shared his thoughts about his teammate of six years, Alexander Semin, and openly criticized him for not caring. Wednesday morning, former Caps forward David Steckel made it two former Caps that have less than nice things to say about the enigmatic Semin after he backed Bradley's comments while speaking with The Washington Post's Tarik El-Bashir.

Former #Caps C David Steckel on his old friend Matt Bradley's recent comments about the team: "It's not like he went out and told lies."less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

More Steckel: "I don't have anything to say on what Brads said except that he was spot on."less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply


Steckel was at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Wednesday participating in an informal practice with some of his former teammates when he opened up to Bashir, so these comments are literally and figuratively much closer to home compared to Bradley's, who spoke on an Ottawa radio station. Like Bradley, Steckel was Semin's teammate for quite some time, playing three full seasons with him before being traded to the New Jersey Devils February 28 in exchange for forward Jason Arnott and a 2012 second-round draft pick, so he knows full well what kind of player Semin is.

When Bradley commented on Semin's attitude, it definitely raised eyebrows as it seemed to confirm everything that fans and media alike had suspected, but with Steckel's comment added to the mix, there's more to digest.