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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

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: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 7:08 pm

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

I never had any problem with Steckel's hit on Crosby, or any of his comments about the hit.   My comment was about Steckel comments about Bradley's rant earlier in the month, specifically his comments about Ovechkin and Semin.  

Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 6:56 pm

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Hockey bob. , sorry but that hit on Cindy Crosby was not half as bad as any of the hits matt cooke has doled out ... So karma is a beautiful thing , crosby's career will never be the same ala eric lindros , marc savard. To name a few after a hard concussion it won't even take a hard hit to take him out and the concussions will end his career

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 6:13 pm

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Steckel shouldn't have spoken up about Bradley's sour grapes.   No reason to reinforce what Bradley said.   Keep that stuff in house, and let fans and bad writers/bloggers come up with that stuff on their own, it's not hard in Semin's case, or Ovechkin's.    Guy is in a contract year, I wonder how Steckel would like it if fellow NHLPA members bashed him inadvertantly if he had a year full of personal problems that had an effect on his play and preparation.   Does anybody in the NHLPA realize that they are in a year for CBA negotiations?   Why would they do anything to turn on their own in public.    Ridiculous.   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.   Just isn't a need to comment on that stuff.    Admittedly, I'm more entertained when they do.

I'm going to run out of sympathy real for them real soon when the owners walk all over them...again.

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 4:53 pm

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Is it possible for a fan of the team in Washington to refer to Crosby by his correct name ? And why is it that they seem to find an injury that has ended many careers and has played a role in the deaths (suicides and otherwise) of many athletes so funny and meaningless ? Maybe somebody could clue me in on the joke.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 3:29 pm

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Let me first start with that we don't know what happened in the locker room, but....where were these guys criticism when they were ON the team? Secondly, I'm not a passionate Semin fan, but...

Assuming they stayed quiet, since we never heard them speak publicly, it seems like cheap shots now.

It's easy to make Semin a scapegoat for what's happened the last coule of seasons, but you could make a list of flaws, either with character or ability, on every player in the league.  Teammates see all these things in practice and the locker room, and too often only speak up when things go south. A team succeeds on it's ability to play at it's highest potential. That includes character of the player, not just playing skills.

Semin has clearly under performed in large, and key, streches but this is a team game. Ex teammates piling on is cowardly after the fact.

These story lines would not be around if the Caps had advanced further. This is plain and simple "the blame game" that so many, without character, revert to in life.

Get off the Semin bashing. He is what he is, and every team in the league has one...including every Cup just don't hear about them unless the team fails to live up to expectations.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 3:12 pm

Former Capital Steckel talks Crosby hit, Semin

Stecks has nothing to apolagize for with Crysby.  Look, it was an accident, accidents happen.  It just so happens that it has impacted Cindy, and Stecks cannot control that.  It is clear there was no intent, it was just a flukey thing.

With regards to Semin, I think Stecks did the right thing and did not push the issue that Brads brought up.  I have always liked Brads, but I am surprised on this one.  There is a difference between not caring and the style in which you play and prepare.  Semin is a great player who just happens to have the opposite style of Ovie.  And that is perfectly fine.  But that does not mean he "just dosen't care."  Semin has actually done well individually in the playoffs the past few years, so I am very surprised by Brads comments.  Sure Semin takes a lazy penalty from time to time, but that in no way means he dosen't care.  Brads has to learn to seperate not caring from a style of play. 

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