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03-20-2012, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Sojourn View Post
No, it wouldn't. An hockey season breaks the body down, it doesn't condition it for more hockey. Players lose muscle over the course of the season. That's one of the reasons you'll see certain prospects get more of a pass in the NHL Combine than others. The players who just finished playing won't have had the same opportunity to recover and work on their conditioning.
Exactly, players get weaker over the season because all they're doing is playing hockey, they don't have much time to do any lifting. Which is why it is so hard for teams to go deep in the playoffs in back to back years, they don't have the time to recover properly and they're at a disadvantage compared to well rested teams going into the next season.

It's not like it's the Olympics or a world cup, it's an almost meaningless World Championships tournament that the majority of eligible players will pass on. I'm sure the Ducks will be represented there but it's probably in Anaheim's best interests for their players not to go.

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