Tarik El-Bashir has a good article on Alex Semin in the Wash Post, who seems to be happy to be in black and bronze:
"I'm happy to be here, back in the NHL," the 22-year-old left wing said through
an interpreter yesterday. "I expect to play as well as I can, and improve as the
season goes on. I still don't feel at my best. My legs still feel a bit heavy.
But I'm getting there."
Semin may take the league by surprise with all the attention on the other Alex, Alex Ovechkin.
The Capitals also made some roster moves. Goaltender Frederic Cassivi, forwards Eric Fehr, Quintin Laing, Dave Steckel, and defensemen Timo Helbling, Lawrence Nycholat and Jamie Hunt were reassigned to the Bears leaving the roster at 29.
Maybe the biggest surprise in this move is Fehr who many suspected was his time to gain a roster spot or at least be a last minute cut before the season. But with acquisitions of Richard Zednik and the return of Semin, getting on the team seems to be a challenge.