As Brouwer indicated, a motivated Semin has not always been a given. Ex-Capitals forward Matt Bradley once said that Semin "could easily be the best player in the league, and just for whatever reason, just doesn't care."
The Hurricanes feel differently, at least according to center Tim Brent, who responded Monday to Brouwer on Twitter.
"I can say on behalf of his teammates that we love having him here, and he has been a big part of our success so far with his consistent play and work ethic. NOT only his scoring ability. I hope he sticks it to them," Brent tweeted.
Brouwer also addressed the change in culture under new coach Adam Oates while picking apart the regime of Boudreau, who was fired early last season and replaced by Dale Hunter. Boudreau is now the coach of the first-place Anaheim Ducks.
"It was very lackadaisical, I would say," Brouwer said. "Kind of guys were able to do whatever they pleased. There wasn't a whole lot of accountability. And then when we had a little bit of trouble and there needed to be accountability, it wasn't received exactly with welcome arms, I'll say.
"And then with Hunts everything was very strict, making sure guys were blocking shots, maybe getting them out of their styles of play as far as particular players go. And then with Adam, I mean everyone's still accountable, everyone has to do their job, but he's letting guys play the way that makes them successful — goal scorers need to score, checkers need to check. Everyone's got a defined role on the team now."
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