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Leonsis makes no guarantees to Semin

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08:36 AM ET 09.15 | Ted Leonsis has publicly shown a great deal of compassion for his players, both on the Caps and the Wizards. [Leonsis] has spent the past few weeks publicly supporting oft-criticized forward Alex Semin, but made no guarantees when asked about the long-term future of the 27-year-old Russian. Speaking on ESPN 980, Leonsis said he does not understand why Semin, whose work ethic has been questioned by former teammates, is viewed as such an unpopular player. Semin enters training camp on a one-year, $6.7 million contract. Last season, he played under a one-year, $6 million deal. "I don't know what his future holds," Leonsis said. "I'm hopeful that he comes in with focus like all of our players come in with focus."

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September 15, 2011  08:55 AM ET

Way to not have his back....just what he needs to have a great year then sign elsewhere

September 15, 2011  08:55 AM ET

Ted says the right things. But, I'm certain he knows full well why Alex get's criticized. And deservedly so. I think Alex's future in DC may be very short without more effort and heart. Can he do it? I have no idea but I'm not putting a lot of hope in it.

September 15, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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Ted says the right things. But, I'm certain he knows full well why Alex get's criticized. And deservedly so. I think Alex's future in DC may be very short without more effort and heart. Can he do it? I have no idea but I'm not putting a lot of hope in it.

Agreed. Like the old saying goes, "No guts, no glory."

September 15, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ted says the right things. But, I'm certain he knows full well why Alex get's criticized. And deservedly so. I think Alex's future in DC may be very short without more effort and heart. Can he do it? I have no idea but I'm not putting a lot of hope in it.

I think he can do it - he has the talent, and when he commits himself he is a great player, I think the highlight reels speak for themselves. But he also that dark side where he pouts, doesn't commit to play all 3 zones on every shift and can disappear completely.
But I think the Caps and Tampa Bay will both be fighting hard for the SE.

September 15, 2011  09:10 AM ET
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Way to not have his back....just what he needs to have a great year then sign elsewhere

Preferably with a perennial non-playoff team. Perfect fit for him.

September 15, 2011  09:11 AM ET

6.7 mil for this guy...

September 15, 2011  09:17 AM ET
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6.7 mil for this guy...

Not worth it, considering his playoff performance (or lack thereof).

September 15, 2011  09:19 AM ET

as long as he doesn't drop his gloves....

September 15, 2011  09:25 AM ET

Leonsis makes no guarantees to Semin <---that's what she said.

September 15, 2011  09:28 AM ET

What team is going to give this guy a long term contract? The fight between him and Staal a couple years ago summarizes the amount of grit he's got goin on

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September 15, 2011  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Leonsis makes no guarantees to Semin <---that's what she said.

A male Boss asking you to focus does not cause a release of a powerful semin

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September 15, 2011  09:39 AM ET
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I'd be hesitatant to give any Russian a long term contract....4 years max for them.

Make it two with the third year optional.

September 15, 2011  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Way to not have his back....just what he needs to have a great year then sign elsewhere

it's not the regular season that's his problem anyways...

September 15, 2011  09:46 AM ET
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What team is going to give this guy a long term contract? The fight between him and Staal a couple years ago summarizes the amount of grit he's got goin on

Didn't you just say the other day that he's the type of player that you want to see dropping his gloves? MAKE UP YOUR DAMN MIND.

September 15, 2011  09:47 AM ET
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A male Boss asking you to focus does not cause a release of a powerful semin

Canuck, stop hacking people's accounts!

September 15, 2011  09:48 AM ET
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I'd be hesitatant to give any Russian a long term contract....4 years max for them.

Yeah, I definitely wouldn't want Datsuyk or Ovie on my team for more then 4 yrs. Let's stereotype an entire country.

September 15, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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What team is going to give this guy a long term contract?

I sure hope it ain't Sather....

 
September 15, 2011  10:03 AM ET
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Yeah, I definitely wouldn't want Datsuyk or Ovie on my team for more then 4 yrs. Let's stereotype an entire country.

why get Dats or Ovie when you can lock up that 1 way wonder named Kovie FOREVER (Kovie, poor man's version of Ovie?)

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