Its one thing for Matt Bradley to go on a Toronto radio station and say what everyone else had been saying about Alexander Semin for years that his questionable work ethic prevented him from being one of the top players in the game.
Bradley was no longer a member of the Capitals when he made those scathing comments last summer.
Michal Neuvirth is still a member of the Capitals and thats why his recent opinions on Semin, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and Dale Hunter are gaining so much attention.
Essentially, Bradley had nothing to lose last summer when he criticized Semin. He was already a member of the Florida Panthers, who have since bought out his contract.
Neuvirth has a lot more to lose, namely the respect of his teammates. It is an unwritten rule in hockey that what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.
Of course, it doesnt always work out that way and Neuvirth provided a less than flattering glimpse inside the Capitals dressing room when he told the Czech website iSportz.cz that Semin didnt have the best work ethic, Ovechkin isnt what he used to be, Holtby is the weakest competition hes ever faced with the Capitals and Hunter simply didnt talk to us goalies at all and its good he left.
The interview, which is translated in parts one and two by Russian Machine Never Breaks, is sure to be a topic of conversation when the Capitals gather in Arlington for the start of training camp and not just by members of the media that cover the team.
No matter how he tries to spin it, Neuvirth probably lost some support in the locker room with his comments, even if he believes them to be true.
Players are keenly aware of what their teammates say about them and you can be sure Ovechkin and Holtby will look at Neuvirth differently this season than they did last. At 24, Neuvirth has a career record of 51-30-9 in the NHL and has a lot more to accomplish before he starts criticizing the play of his teammates.
If Neuvirth was trying to endear himself to his new coach and teammates in an attempt to win back the starting job for the Caps, he picked a peculiar way of doing it.