Matt Bradley is now a Florida Panther, but yesterday he went on sports radio in Ottawa and reflected rather thoughtfully, and rather provocatively, on his time in Washington, and most especially with respect to reasons why the Caps may have come up short each and every spring. The nearly 20-minute interview on the Team 1200 can be listened to in its entirety via an upload on 1200′s Facebook page. (Be warned — if you attempt to access the segment via 1200′s web site, not only will you be directed to the Facebook page but you’ll first encounter a promotion for a Pierre McGuire podcast.)
Brads, it seemed to us, didn’t come across as a recently departed player with any axe to grind. Instead, he seemed comfortable and content with his new place of employment and sufficiently distanced from D.C. to bring reasonable objectivity to his reflections. In the middle of last season this blog identified what it considered to be grave issues with the culture of the Washington Capitals organization, and on Tuesday Matt Bradley brought this concern to the fore of his reflections, beginning around the 8:30 mark of the segment. He was specifically asked by the program’s hosts why the Caps have been unable to break through in the playoffs.
- Some of his teammates, Bradley said, “didn’t show up . . . I’ll leave them unnamed.”
- “Our locker room was maybe a little too nonchalant, and guys weren’t disciplined the way they should have been.”
- Brads also called into question the practice habits and culture of his former club — “Not being ready to practice, missing practice with questionable injuries.”
- Alexander Semin, Brads claimed, “could easily be the best player in the league but for whatever reason just doesn’t care . . . You almost get the sense . . . he wants to be back in Russia.”
Our pal Ted Starkey was about 1,500 words into a new chapter for his new book thanks to this eye-opening radio appearance.