Florida Panthers winger Matt Bradley took a few verbal swipes at his former team during an interview with an Ottawa radio station.
Bradley ripped Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin for not caring enough, questioned coach Bruce Boudreau for using his star players too much and said the team's locker room was "too nonchalant" when he appeared on TEAM 1200 Wednesday.
"I don't mind saying Alexander Semin's name, because he's one guy who has so much talent, he could easily be the best player in the league, and just for whatever reason, just doesn't care," Bradley said, according to a transcript on the Washington Post's website. "When you've got a guy like that, you need him to be your best player, or one of your best players, and when he doesn't show up, you almost get the sense that he wants to be back in Russia." Boudreau, he said, stuck with his star players too long even though they weren't producing enough.
"I mean, there were a lot of guys who played well that didn't probably play as much as they needed to, but I love Bruce and Bruce is a great coach and he was in a very tough position there, because in Washington our top guys are definitely the stars and the guys that people want to see on the ice, so I totally understand," Bradley said.
A lack of discipline played a role in the Caps' second-round playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bradley added.
"I think our locker room was maybe a little bit too nonchalant, and guys weren't disciplined the way they should have been," he said. "Those two things are big things."