Caught up with former Caps forwards David Steckel at Kettler Iceplex this morning after he got in a skate with a few former teammates at Kettler Iceplex. Steckel, whose wife, DiDi, had a baby girl in May, was back in town for a after his trade last February to New Jersey.

First question? Had to be about former teammate Matt Bradley's comments on Ottawa radio station Team 1200 station regarding Caps' winger Alex Semin. They weren't flattering. And Steckel couldn't really disagree with them, readily admitting it's a window into how some on the team feel about Semin, an otherworldly talent whose inconsistency can be maddening at times. Reading between the lines, Bradley's comments came out in some form in that dressing room over the last couple of years, just not in the media in such stark terms the last four years. Here's a transcript of Steckel's comments.

Reaction to Bradley's comments…

"First reaction was like 'Brads, what'd you do?' And then I read the transcript. It's Brads. It's not like he's somebody breaking into the league telling things that nobody knows about already. He's an elder statesman in the league and he's been around. He's in a different organization now. It's not like he went out and told lies. He didn't really say anything bad about anybody. He just stated what he felt."