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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: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

You're allowed to believe whatever you want to believe, it's your opinion and that's fine.  And personally the more I watch that replay the more confused I get because I can't tell if he meant to hit him or not.  Do I believe Steckel was trying to seriously hurt Crosby and put him out for this long?  Absolutely not.  But can I say that I'm 100 percent sure the hit wasn't intentional?  No I can't, and neither can you. 
I agree.  I don't think it was intentional....negligent - maybe... but probably not even that, just a bad outcome. 

I would, however, bet that if this were say Cooke hitting say Ovechkin... it would be viewed entirely differently, but that is a question for another day.





Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Typical Steelfool and his negative comments. Some things never change. At least weight is something can can come off and since it's an athlete it should be no problem. Now softy Cindy Crosby is another issue.

He's not even back on his feet and being fitted for training wheels on his skates. Like the Penguins even need him anyway. Caps own the Penguins with or without his heiness.



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

You fat ass Over8ed captain will be skating in mud this year pal. Fat frucking shot misser.



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Crosby's fault for being so dimunitive and girly... it's hockey , a man's sport, whimps and whiners need not apply. Go hard or go home.



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

You want to call us "Pittsburgh whiners". Lets see your reaction when something like this happens to Ovi. Besides, the Pens still have a better team than the Caps even without Sid.


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Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:55 pm
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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

I'd leave my skates and nail this skum!



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:54 am
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

after watching the replay, there should have been an interference call on sid




Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:08 am
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

   It was an accident; it wasn't even a "hit." Two guys trying to inhabit the same sapce at the same time. Steckel's very tall and Crosby hit his shoulder, which was at Crosby's head level. Steckel does not have a malicious bone in his body, which is why all the criticism is so silly. He's the last player I'd think of as dirty.

   I don't think there are many Caps fans who would disagree with Steckel or Bradley about Semin. We've been watching him for years and he's a spoiled lazy little brat. He's supremely talented, but he has no desire. He's happy to be making a fortune and doing as little as he can to earn it. I would have traded him years ago.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:40 am
 

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

You're allowed to believe whatever you want to believe, it's your opinion and that's fine.  And personally the more I watch that replay the more confused I get because I can't tell if he meant to hit him or not.  Do I believe Steckel was trying to seriously hurt Crosby and put him out for this long?  Absolutely not.  But can I say that I'm 100 percent sure the hit wasn't intentional?  No I can't, and neither can youFair
Fair enough. I cant argue with logic. I guess only Stecks knows if it was intentional or not. I still dont believe it was, but I agree it is not easy to tell from the video.


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