The Capitals’ Alexander Semin, despite having a funny name, has a wicked slapshot. He’s tied for the league lead in points, but that’s not why we’re featuring him. We’re featuring him because he’s got some choice words for the NHL’s Golden Boy. (And also because it gives us a chance to post some of the best Sidney Crosby photoshops floating around out there.
Semin chatted with Greg Wyshynski of YAHOO!, and naturally the subject of Crosby, the Great North American Hope, was raised. Let’s just say the term “dead wood” was used.
Many people believe the Crosby/Malkin/Ovechkin rivalry is now the Crosby/Malkin/Ovechkin/Semin rivalry. Do you believe you’re on that level of hockey stardom at this point in your career?
What’s so special about [Crosby]? I don’t see anything special there. Yes, he does skate well, has a good head, good pass. But there’s nothing else. Even if you compare him to Patrick Kane from Chicago … [Kane] is a much more interesting player. The way he moves, his deking abilities, his thinking on the ice and his anticipation of the play is so superb.
Oh, snap. Wait, it gets better.
I think that if you take any player, even if he is “dead wood,” and start promoting him, you’ll get a star. Especially if he scores 100 points. No one is going to care about anyone else. No one is going to care whether he possesses great skill. Let’s say you put someone in front of the net and let him deflect pucks in, and he scored 50 goals; everyone will say “Wow!” and then hand him a $10 million per year contract. That’s what they like here.
Preach on, Alex.
And in Russia people like beautiful hockey, and not dump and chase. I just don’t get it, why when a player is skating up the ice and no one is attacking him, he dumps the puck into the offensive zone and then chases it? Why would you do this if there is no one forechecking you?
Crosby couldn’t be reached to comment on Semin’s remarks, because he’s resting with an “undisclosed injury,” which some sources have reported as sand in the vagina.