Most of you or at least some of you might have already known this, so it ain't exactly breaking news. Bonzai is in the pro-Semin camp. Gathering what little I could from a quick read of Pussandbooks's entry for On Frozen Blog, I have to say that is exactly my mindset with #28. As frustrating as it is watching him go morph schizophrenically from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde on ice, I can not help think that if in the near future he winds up on another team in the NHL (assuming another team would want him and could convince him to get on board with them instead of the KHL) the Caps organization are going to regret it in the long term. Just a gut feeling.
Because I hardly have any time during the business day to surf the net and pull up some stats and take a closer look on restropectively how Bonzai, himself, matured throughout the years I am not in any way saying Bonzai and Semin are of the same mold. First off, I somehow get the feeling Bonzai was a little more apt to adapt and adjust his game to become more than a scorer. With that said, if Bonzai believes Semin can do the same. Bonzai's anecdote on one of the moments he had with Semin shared with On Frozen Blog seems to give me some hope.
Bondra noted that he roomed with Semin on the road way back during the Russian winger’s first season in D.C., during the 2003-04 season. Semin played 52 games with the Caps that season, scoring 22 points, but one night he returned to his hotel room 5 minutes past curfew, and Bondra let him know about it. "I said to him, ‘This is not how it’s done,’ and it never happened again. This is why I think he will learn."
Read more on today's post over at On Frozen Blog
It's obvious I'm a fan of Sasha, but just like every Caps fan I do have shared concerns and frustrations of his development as a player and whether he's more an asset than a liability to the Caps in the long run ... especially the run to Lord Stanley's Cup. Any thoughts?