The agent for Alex Semin is not a happy man.
After hearing his client called a coach killer and a complete loser, Mark Gandler had some harsh words for TSN analysts Pierre McGuire and Marc Crawford on Sunday, saying their comments could get in the way of contract talks with NHL teams interested in signing Semin as an unrestricted free agent.
I can tell you thats the worst Ive ever heard an analyst say about any player, Gandler told CSNWashington.com. What bothered me was that the host James Duthie did not step in.
During TSNs broadcast, McGuire accused Semin of being a bad teammate, adding, hes the ultimate coach killer, that's what he is.
Crawford was just as critical of the 28-year-old Russian. When comparing him to Zach Parise, Crawford said, You either take a guy whos a complete winner, or take a guy whos a complete loser. Semin falls in that category.
Gandler said he believes Semin was the victim of Russian prejudice.
If they said anything like that about any of the Canadian players, Gandler said. Its just prejudice and there is no place for that in the National Hockey League.
Gandler said Semin is just as valuable as a free agent as New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise.
In fact, Semins stats are better than those of Parise, Gandler said. The only way to attack that is to call Semin names I have to tell you Im going to check with my attorney.
I think Pierre McGuire should know better. Take a look at Semins plus-minus over the same period of time as Parise. Look at his plus-minus over any period against his teammates with the Capitals and you will see he is not that guy they say.
In seven seasons with the Capitals, Semin recorded 197 goals and 409 points in 469 regular games. He was a plus-65 during that time. In seven seasons in New Jersey, Parise recorded 194 goals and 410 points in 502 games with a plus-57 rating.
In 51 career playoff games Semin has 15 goals and 34 points. Parise has 21 goals and 43 points in 61 career playoff games
Asked if the comments made about Semin might impact his ability to sign with another NHL team, Gandler said, I dont know. I hope not. Listen, fans are listening to this and fans sometimes drive owners. Sometimes for a big deal like Semin will be getting, you need owner approval and this is what the owners hear and thats very bad.