The Washington Times - October 19, 2011, 10:58AM

Everyone was tired of talking about it. Matt Bradley made some less-than-flattering remarks in a radio interview over the summer about ex-Capitals teammate Alexander Semin, and on Tuesday he was returning to Washington for the first time as a member of the Florida Panthers.

Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday he wasn’t focused on Bradley. The gritty forward said Tuesday he wishes he never had the “mental lapse” that led to those comments.


“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.”

Following the game, a dominating Caps 3-0 victory that included a sniping Semin goal, the Russian wing was asked if Bradley’s comments gave him any extra incentive on this night.

“I’m tired of answering the same questions. Let’s not talk about this. It’s a dead issue to me,” he said through interpreter Sergey Kocharov, the team’s director of media relations.

Bradley said before the game he’d like to make amends.

“If I see him, I’d rather say something to him in person,” Bradley said. “Obviously I’d like to apologize to him. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to do that after the game.”

Semin’s brief meeting with reporters came before he and Bradley got to see each other. But they embraced, bringing this odd saga to an end.