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For a large part of Alex Semin‘s career in Washington, he was an international man of mystery. Semin would rarely conduct interviews with the media, and if he did, they were never in English. This was despite the fact that there were clear signs he knew the language. At times, I thought Semin’s english was secretly as expansive and perfect as Dave Chappelle’s impersonation of Lil’ Jon.

Since signing with Carolina as a free agent a few years ago, Semin’s relationship with the local media has been better.

Take Tripp Tracy’s two-part interview with Sasha Minor last year. Tracy grilled Semin about how great a Hurricanes jersey looks on him and how much his teammates actually love him. Hard-hitting stuff.

Tracy was granted another TV interview with Semin, and it has now hit the internet. It is just as gripping.

Below, learn how much Semin likes playing with the Staals, how awesome Pavel Bure is, and Mama Semin.

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Happy Sasha. (Photo credit: @megab23)

Ahead of tonight’s reunion game against the Caps, Alex Semin sat down with Carolina Hurricanes color guy Tripp Tracy for a two-part English interview. It’s totally awkward.

For those worrying Tripp would nail Semin with incisive, hard-hitting questions like “Are your shoes comfortable?“, you may now relax. Instead, Tracy tossed up softballs like “What do you think of your teammates?” and “Do you enjoy Carolina?”

Hey, you guys don’t think there was any collusion between Tracy and Carolina PR following Troy Brouwer’s unkind words, do you? Naw! Tracy probably came up with “your teammates are clearly the most important relationship to you” all on his own.

With immense thanks to welshhockeyfan and Tom Kaz, videos and transcript are below.

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