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Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 3:35 pm
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By Brian Stubits

David Steckel was a member of the Washington Capitals up until March of last year, so he knows a thing or two about a couple of the bigger stories/dramas of the hockey summer.

Skating at the Caps practice facility as he and his wife are back in the District to try and sell their Virginia house, Steckel took a little time to talk with the Washington Post's Tarik El-Bashir about a few lingering items. One regards the health of Sidney Crosby, the other the criticism levied on Alexander Semin by former Caps enforcer Matt Bradley.

First, to the Crosby treatment. Remember, it was Steckel that hit Crosby in the Winter Classic, rendering the Penguins star concussed. Since then, the argument has raged of whether or not it was a dirty play or intentional. Steckel, now with the Devils, says neither is the case.

"I had no intent to injure him. I feel just as bad as anybody. I don't want to see anybody out of the game for that long. It's bad enough with everything that's going around with other guys [and] head [injuries]. It's just so uncertain. I feel bad. I wish him the best. I don't wish that upon anybody."

Here's the hit heard 'round the NHL world in case you need a refresher.

To me it never appeared to be a malicious hit by any stretch. It appears to be an unfortunate accident. But it's certainly a debatable topic and the true verdict is always in the eye of the beholder in such situations.

However the majority of the talk with El-Bashir centered on Bradley's remarks about Semin, ya know the ones that Semin "just doesn't care?" Well here's what Steckel had to say on Wednesday.

“It's not like he went out and told lies,” Steckel said. “[He] didn't really say anything bad about anybody. He just stated what he felt. ... I don't have anything to say on what Brads said except that he was spot on. He mentioned Ovi, too, just not on a negative side. He hit it on the head for both guys."

It's nowhere near as inflammatory as the route Bradley took, but it's still no ringing endorsement of Semin.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:35 pm
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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Victor Hedman is no better. The easy, dirty play is to send a forward head first into the boards. I don't no why Hockey Canada even bothers putting up that rather silly stop sign in the back of their youth practice jerseys. If you're lucky enough to make it into the NHL, chances are you will test the Three Blind Mice will see it and swallow the whistle (aka referees and linesman) & Nail Him Into Oblivion. I wouldn't. But 99% of the players will. That's why I am soooo happy for Patrice Bergeron. Sure the Philadelphia Flyers' defenceman headfirst hit into the boards caused a concussion, many games misses & permaintly derailed him march to stardom. He has the Ultimate Goal!




Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

As a Penguin fan, I can't see the hit as intentional. The puck was going up the ice and Steckle tried to get into the play the same time Crosby tried to turn around. It was an unfortunate play that Crosby got the worst of because of the size difference.

Nobody on this thread has brought up the Hedman hit. If Crosby didn't continue to play after the Steckle hit, he wouldn't be in such bad shape. Either one of the hits by themselves weren't that bad. Together in such a short amount of time is why people are talking about this.

Just like Bradley, I'm sure there are more than a few guys in NJ that aren't real excited about a guy coming over that's willing to blab about what goes on outside of the public eye. 

Well if they play hard and atleast act like they care about their job, they have nothing to worry about.




Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Crysby was going to win the Art Ross by a mile, the most since Super Mario if not for skum who subscribe to the age-old notion. If you can't stop him, injure him...



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

"I had no intent to injure him."

All I need to hear.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Caps own Penguins???? That has to be one of the stupidest statements ever made on this board..Wow guess you are gonna say Ravens own the Steelers 

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Give ravenmaniac a break, it's not easy being a football troll trying to talk hockey.    &nbs
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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2011 8:59 am
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

" took time to talk to  TARIK EL-BASHIR"????????????  didn't these pricks fly planes into our buildings?  why is this country's liberal front so freekin stupid?

Don't worry kato, I think he's Irish and German.   It's a hockey story, I hope you were kidding, otherwise, back to your cave.





Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 6:21 am
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

" took time to talk to  TARIK EL-BASHIR"????????????  didn't these pricks fly planes into our buildings?  why is this country's liberal front so freekin stupid?

That might be the stupidest thing I've ever read.




Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

We were smokin' it on New Years Day last year...in your house, too.



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin


Whatever you are smoking I sure the hell want some...

Caps own Penguins???? That has to be one of the stupidest statements ever made on this board..Wow guess you are gonna say Ravens own the Steelers also...

You my friend are a FOOL!!! 


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