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01-17-2010, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
Should also be noted that there's being in good condition...and there's being in really good condition. All of these guys are in good condition when compared to your average joe schmoe athletic dude that works out...if they weren't, they would not be able to even remotely compete at this level.

Then there are varying degrees of fitness within the professional ranks, both due to the individual player and what the team mandates. Some of that comes from the system. Laviolette's approach has them skating a LOT more than they were under Stevens. Forwards are forechecking deep in the offensive zone and then coming back. Defensemen are more active coming up the wall, which leads to a lot more skating coming back.

So, you have to be careful in castigating the fitness level under Stevens too much...some of the uptick in fitness is purely of necessity when being as aggressive as this team is now.
They all better hit the treadmill over the olympic break. It is weird how looks wise hockey players arent as in shape as most other athletes, save baseball pitchers. Guys like Stevens and Rod are praised for their jackedness but really this should be the standard.

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