In recent days, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has repeatedly defended winger Alexander Semin against any and all critics, including two of his former teammates.

But this time Semin himself responded to the comments leveled at him by former Capitals Matt Bradley and David Steckel. Semin spoke with the team’s Mike Vogel this weekend in what is believed to be his first formal interview in English.

“I don’t worry about this situation,” Semin told Vogel. “Different people have different opinions.”

It is a brief conversation because of Semin’s limited grasp of the language, but he also expressed his fondness of Washington.

“I’m getting old. I want stay here 10 more years. I like play here,” Semin said when asked how it felt to be the longest-tenured player on the team. “I like play here.Washington my second home, we have good fans, good teams. I hope we win the Stanley Cup this year.”

Check out the video of the interview after the jump.