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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 09/18/2011

Alexander Semin: ‘I don't pay any attention to the criticism from the outside’


(Toni L. Sandys - The Post)
Alexander Semin said he isn't paying “absolutely any attention” to former teammate Matt Bradley’s comments last month that the Capitals winger “just doesn't care.”

“I don't even understand what Bradley meant,” Semin told Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov . “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You should say what you want.”

In a radio interview last month, Bradley named the enigmatic Russian as a culprit in Washington’s second-round playoff sweep to Tampa Bay:

“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.”

Fellow former Capital Dave Steckel didn’t refute Bradley’s claims, either, saying the comments were “spot on."

Semin, though, said he won’t take to heart any criticisms from outside the organization, nor will he worry about the constant rumors that the Capitals are looking to trade him.

“The main goal for me is for Washington to win more often. And I don't pay any attention to the criticism from the outside,” Semin told Chesnokov. “To me, the most important things are what my coach and my teammates think. And, of course, my father who I listen to a lot.”

Click here for the rest of the interview, which addresses trade rumors, Semin’s thoughts on new addition Tomas Vokoun and more.

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