The Washington Times - October 17, 2011, 02:58PM

Matt Bradley wants Alexander Semin to know he’s sorry. It has become a subject of great controversy since this past summer, when Bradley said the Russian winger doesn’t care.

With Bradley returning to Washington Tuesday to face the Capitals, he expressed regret while talking to Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel after the morning skate in Tampa, Fla.


“I wish I could take it back. I apologize for saying it,” he told the Sun-Sentinel. “He’s a great player. It’s one of those things you wish you could take back, but you can’t, so all I could do is apologize and move forward.”

Bradley called Semin a star in the NHL, adding “I had no business saying that.”

And while the Panthers aren’t expected to skate Tuesday at Verizon Center, Bradley said if he sees Semin, he will apologize.

Bradley spent six seasons with the Caps and had all the nice things to say Monday about his time here.

“I love my years in Washington, it’s a great team, a great organization. My wife and I have a lot of fond memories of the area. We had our son, Henry, there [in Virginia suburbs],” Bradley said. “I had a great six years there. All the guys I played with were great, the coaches were great.”