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04-12-2011, 09:51 PM
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For the same reason that scouts are more impressed by a prospect who's been pounding the donuts than by one who's been in the gym. The thinking is that if a player is productive when he's out of shape, he'll be much more productive when he's in shape, and every player who wants to make the NHL has to be in excellent shape. A decent number of out-of-shape prospects get the message, but some don't.
As for why an NHL player would have an article about this written about him, it's basically a statement to the rest of the league that says that Voracek's seeming stagnation is actually due to his conditioning rather than anything else. GMs are like dumb women, who will look at a guy and say, "He may be an alcoholic, a drug user, a father of kids by five different women, a chronic cheater, a jerk, and someone with a hair-trigger temper who's physically abusive to everyone around him, but [i]he'll change for me[i]."
That's why anyone with a shred of top-level talent will get chance after chance no matter how much he gets into off the field of play. Terrell Owens may run himself off of numerous teams by being a loudmouth and a divisive presence, but as long as he can play, someone will honestly believe they can change him.
No player is without vise of some sort off the ice if one wants to probe enough, if a guy can score 40 goals every season, rarely miss open nets and maintain a 50% shootout status he can party all he wants-I could care less..
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