Alexander Semin was one of nine players on the ice Tuesday morning for an optional practice following the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. The enigmatic Russian winger was not a part of that victory, sitting out as a healthy scratch.
Semin was one of the final few players off the ice, spending some time laughing with rookie defenseman Dmitry Orlov while reclining on the bench. Semin threw pucks playfully onto the ice, where Orlov was standing as they talked in Russian. Semin signed autographs – not exactly a common sight around Kettler.
In the locker room, Semin declined to do an interview in English through a team spokesman. Approached personally, Semin said, “No,” to talking.
Semin has 14 minor penalties, worst on the Caps.
Coach Bruce Boudreau was asked how Semin was handling being a healthy scratch.
“I guess the response will be when we see him return to a game,” Boudreau said.
Boudreau said he talked to Semin a bit Tuesday morning but did not elaborate.
As for whether Semin will be a healthy scratch again Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets, Boudreau said: “I haven’t decided yet – on any lineup situation.”