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07-19-2011, 08:07 PM
Year of the Snake
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A prime example is not based on assumptions.
Lats problem was training and still is training. If you can find a clip from last summer on RDS where he's with a personal trainer getting ready for the 10-11 season, you'll know what I mean. His level of dedication was too low and often came into question, from his own words, and he realized that. He was training more last summer, and still, 1-2 months after that, it gets out that he was not in good shape when he came into Wild camp... surprise surprise...
Thing is, you're talking about the season that he missed because of his numerous injuries. Injuries that had nothing to do with his shape but with something he was dragging. Sports hernia aren't related to bad shape. Yet, he had some problems training because of those injuries he thought would go away. And evidently, it didn't and not only that, he missed a whole year. And not because he was out of shape.
So many things that circulated falsely for Lats. Like the time people were whining because he didn't go to a skating session in Trois-Rivières or something....which was also put down later when Latendresse admitted he and Lapierre when to a skating camp with Paul Lawson in the summer and didn't have to go to that other camp people was talking about....
Yet, people look at this face and say he is in bad shape. Same guy who was in his last years with the Habs, one of the best players in preseason. Was eating the prospects alive in his first seasons...and didn't look too badly with the vets as well. Clearly, he was probably not the best in physical condition and it was his weakness....but didn't do too badly. Then it comes down to improving with maturity.
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