Capitals Insider: Alexander Semin

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 09/21/2011

Statistical analysis: Alexander Semin criticism is unfair

The Capitals winger has not just been a very good player; he has been an outstanding one.

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:45 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 08/15/2011

Statistical analysis: Should Alexander Semin be on the NHL’s endangered species list?

History suggests elite goal scorers are often average goal scorers by the time they are 27 years old.

By Neil Greenberg  |  01:30 PM ET, 08/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Statistical analysis: The importance of Alexander Semin

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS | Despite the Russian winger’s shortcomings, he could actually hold the key to the Capitals’ offense.

By Neil Greenberg  |  12:03 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 06/03/2011

Reviewing the Capitals’ 2010-11 season: Alexander Semin

For all the offensive talent Alexander Semin possesses, his top criticism is often the lack of consistency in displaying those skills.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:56 AM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Updates on Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman

Mike Knuble says he’s ‘encouraged’ by his progress, Coach Bruce Boudreau said Dennis Wideman left the ice early because he felt dizzy.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:57 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Jason Arnott's first goal with Capitals clinches a 3-2 victory over Blues

Game-winning goal scorer Jason Arnott appears to be fitting well with second-line staples Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin -- through two games, anyway.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:46 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 AM ET, 02/27/2011

Capitals shift momentum and score three unanswered goals to defeat Islanders 3-2

The Capitals needed to win at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Saturday night. After being embarrassed at home by the Rangers the night before, Washington couldn't force its collective moral and confidence to endure another significant blow. That's why Coach Bruce Boudreau called a timeout in the second period with...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:24 AM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 02/03/2011

Alexander Semin's status uncertain against Tampa Bay

Coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice that he wasn't sure whether Alexander Semin, who has been out with a groin muscle injury since early January, would make the trip to Tampa with the team this afternoon. Semin took full part in the last two days of practice. Semin was involved...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:42 PM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 02/01/2011

Boudreau: Semin a game-time decision against Montreal

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Alexander Semin (groin) will be a game-time decision for tonight's contest against the Montreal Canadiens. Semin, who hasn't appeared in a game since Jan. 8 against Florida, did stay out on the ice longer than the majority of his teammates but did not skate on his...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:39 AM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Semin, Poti and Fehr skating before Capitals practice

The Capitals injured contingent of Alexander Semin (groin), Eric Fehr (shoulder) and Tom Poti (lower-body) are all skating at KCI prior to the rest of the team. Semin is expected to return sometime this week after missing the past nine games with a groin muscle injury but he and Fehr...

By Katie Carrera  |  04:47 PM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 01/28/2011

Weigh in on Alexander Semin's contract extension

The NHL All Star break can be a quiet time of the season for substantial news but the Capitals certainly sparked discussion in Washington and the hockey world by signing Alexander Semin to a one-year, $6.7 million contract extension. After checking out analysis and opinions of the agreement from everyone...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:16 AM ET, 01/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Source: Capitals' maximum offer to Semin was two years

Neither Alexander Semin nor the Washington Capitals were comfortable pursuing a long-term deal for the winger's contract extension, according to a league source who said the maximum length the team offered Semin was a two years. The Capitals announced Thursday that they've signed Semin to a one-year, $6.7 million contract...

By Katie Carrera  |  03:29 PM ET, 01/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Alexander Semin's new deal worth $6.7 million

The Caps considered signing Alexander Semin to a multi-year extension, but the player and his agent decided that another one-year deal suited them best, GM George McPhee said on a conference call with reporters this morning. Semin's deal is for $6.7 million, up $700,000 from this year's contract, and it...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:54 PM ET, 01/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Capitals, Alexander Semin agree to one-year, $6.7-million extension

The Capitals have signed right wing Alexander Semin to a one-year contract extension, the team has announced. Katie Carrera, en route to Raleigh for this weekend's All-Star events, reports the deal is worth $6.7 million. Semin, 26, has 18 goals and 17 assists in 39 games. This season, Semin is...

By Washington Post sports editors  |  10:59 AM ET, 01/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Alexander Semin, Tom Poti remain on shelf

Injured players Alexander Semin and Tom Poti missed today's optional practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, and Coach Bruce Boudreau said he did not expect either to be in the lineup anytime soon. Semin did not accompany the team on its recent road trip after taking a hit to his thigh...

By Gene Wang  |  02:34 PM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Alexander Semin won't travel to Florida, Boyd Gordon will

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Alexander Semin won't make the trip to Florida for back-to-back games against the Panthers and Lightning this week after absorbing a hip-to-thigh hit from Steve Bernier in the second period of Saturday's contest. Conversely, Boyd Gordon will travel with the team and Boudreau said it's possible...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:01 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Alexander Semin not on the ice for Capitals' practice

Practice just got underway at KCI and Alexander Semin, who absorbed a hip-to-thigh hit by Florida's Steve Bernier in the second period Saturday night, is not on the ice this morning. I'll have an update on his status for the upcoming set of back-to-back games after practice concludes. A few...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:21 AM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Semin won't travel to Boston; Hannan and Sloan both sick

Scott Hannan and Tyler Sloan are the latest Capitals to succumb to the flu-like illness that has made its way around the locker room. Neither defenseman took part in practice at KCI this morning and Coach Bruce Boudreau said they are game-time decisions for tomorrow's game against the Bruins. Boudreau...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:27 PM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Alexander Semin not out for Caps' practice

Alexander Semin is not out on the ice with the Capitals for practice this morning at KCI, marking the third straight session he's missed this week. It's unclear if Semin is still suffering from the flu-like symptoms that have swept through the Washington dressing room, which Coach Bruce Boudreau attributed...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Varlamov to start, Semin questionable against Ducks

Semyon Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice for the Capitals this morning and will get the start tonight at Verizon Center against the Anaheim Ducks. Coach Bruce Boudreau wants to give Varlamov a chance to regain some of his confidence and get back on the horse, so to...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:23 AM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 12/14/2010

Semin, Gordon and Johansson not practicing for Caps

Practice is underway at KCI as the Capitals work out the kinks that have developed over this six-game losing streak. Alexander Semin, Boyd Gordon and Marcus Johansson aren't on the ice this morning, while everyone else is-- including Mike Green, D.J. King, Tyler Sloan and Brian Fahey. A team spokesman...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:50 AM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 12/12/2010

Andrew Gordon to play against Rangers, Boudreau calls Semin's cross check "selfish"

In his pre-game comments to reporters at Madison Square Garden, Coach Bruce Boudreau said that right wing call up Andrew Gordon will be in the lineup against the New York Rangers but that he's not sure who will be out. "We've got a few guys hurt and still under the...

By Katie Carrera  |  05:22 PM ET, 12/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 12/12/2010

Alexander Semin fined for cross check

TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that Capitals forward Alexander Semin has been fined by the NHL but will not be suspended for his cross check to the back of Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles' head. In the second period of Washington's eventual 3-2 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night, Semin cross-checked...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:32 PM ET, 12/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 12/07/2010

In sixth season with Caps, Alexander Semin is still a mystery

(Photos by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) A third of the way through his sixth season with the Capitals, Alexander Semin is on pace for a career-best campaign with 18 goals and 33 points through 29 games. While teammates say he's shown more personality in the locker room, he's...

By Washington Post sports editors  |  04:17 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Alexander Semin named NHL's third star of the week

With four goals and four assists in the Capitals quartet of games this past week, Alexander Semin was named the NHL's third star of the week. Semin ranks second in the NHL in goals with 13 and fourth in points with 23. Surpassing Semin in the weekly accolade as first...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:49 PM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 AM ET, 11/12/2010

Alexander Semin's second hat trick of the year propels Caps past Lightning

Through the first 16 games of the season, perhaps no player has performed as consistently for the Capitals as Alexander Semin. A team-high 12 goals and 21 points, combined with a savvy ability on the penalty kill and more disciplined play, has helped the winger, often criticized in previous seasons...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:32 AM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 PM ET, 11/03/2010

Alexander Semin shines despite feeling ill

Alexander Semin finished off the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight with a blast from close range during a 5-4 shootout victory, but before that goal, the left wing had played a good portion of the game in unfamiliar territory: planted on the crease. Semin is regarded as among the most skilled...

By Gene Wang  |  11:37 PM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 11/02/2010

Boudreau ready to see how far Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin combo can go

Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Alex Ovechkin are shown on the attack against Ottawa in March. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Coach Bruce Boudreau has typically preferred to spread out his most offensively-potent players in order to maximize the Capitals' options and to make it a challenge for opponents to match...

By Katie Carrera  |  04:40 PM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 10/11/2010

Caps' second line off to a strong start

Two games in, the second line of Brooks Laich, Tomas Fleischmann and Alexander Semin has combined for three goals, eight points, 11 shots and a plus-5 rating. On paper everything looks positive, but like much of the lineup this early in the year, there have been bad shifts and turnovers...

By Katie Carrera  |  02:09 PM ET, 10/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)