And he is also a huge reason why Ovechkin and team Russia won the World Championship in Quebec.
Does the Tomcat understand when he is taking others down? Yes, and yes one more time. In one of the Russian interviews he said that he was totally upset how he had played at the Olympics. He calls Ovechkin a brother and he is serious about it, but he couldn't help Ovi and Caps in these series. You can't put a cat on a leash, you can't.
strymeek — October 21, 2009 — Bought our pet Meep a harness. He's generally pretty active but the moment we put a harness on him, he lies on floor refusing to move.
Hopefully Semin will wake up and help Caps in playoffs run. I am pretty sure he is hoping for that too.
Update: The state of Semin's English is open to debate.
By Barry Svrluga, Washington Post, Apr. 26, 2010:
The job as Semin's spokesman falls largely to Ovechkin, his Russian compatriot and closest friend on the Capitals. During practice, after Semin knelt in front of Boudreau as the coach dictated instructions to the entire team, Ovechkin leaned in and spoke to his buddy -- who he calls, almost exclusively, by his nickname "Sasha" -- to make sure Semin understood. The state of Semin's English is open to debate. "He can speak it," Ovechkin said last year, "when he wants to." In any case, he rarely addresses reporters in anything but Russian.
"I think mentally it's a good thing he doesn't speak English," Ovechkin said Sunday, smiling. "He can't listen to [the media]. But I think mentally, the most important thing is [that his] teammates help him a lot. He's trying, and I think last game he played very well. He played pretty hard, made some hits, shoot the puck."