Matt Bradley spent six season with the Capitals. But when he made his first return to Verizon Center as a member of the Florida Panthers, it was a 15-minute segment on Ottawa radio from this past summer that dominated the conversation.
Bradley, who made comments criticizing Alexander Semin for not caring and criticizing Bruce Boudreau and the team at large for not practicing hard enough. On Tuesday night, the gritty wing wanted to distance himself from that and apologize.
“People who know me know that’s not my style and I’m not that kind of guy. As soon as I said it, I knew I shouldn’t have said it, and for whatever reason I had a mental lapse,” Bradley said. “All I can do now is apologize and move forward because I can’t take what I said back.”
Bradley said he will apologize to Semin after the game if he gets a chance.
As far as affecting – directly or indirectly – how the Caps are handling themselves now, Bradley again backed away from what he had said.
“My only view on it is I had no business saying the things I said. I just want to leave it at that,” Bradley said. “It’s a great organization, a great team. Alex is a great player, and I apologize for what I said. I’d like to move forward.”