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04-08-2012, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Gerbe42 View Post
sooooo he was not playing injured ?
If nothing else, Vanek has never been one to promote excuses or deflect blame from himself - his downplaying what injuries he fought through seems nothing more than the same mindset where he won't let them justify his downard spiral in the 2nd half. However, it was clear, from the CBC broadcasters' accounts last weekend (especially by Craig Simpson, who played in the same high-traffic areas and took similar poundings in front of the net / slot) and several reports in recent weeks by WGR and TBN that Vanek was not skating with the same mobility of range of motion, as if partially constrained from a shoulder and/or leg ailment, like he had at the start of the year.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the kind of hits he took in those 3 cited incidents, along with the countless cross-checks to his back and hacking at the legs/arms he absorbs in front of the net, took a toll on him and slowed him down IMO.

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