Thread: Confirmed with Link: Stewart re-signed, 1 yr/3M
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06-15-2012, 01:29 AM
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Per Strickland;

"Stewart is spending the summer training with former Maple Leafs strength coach Matt Nichol and has already hit the ground running. He said at the end of last season he expects to enter camp in the best shape of his career. Stewart is also working this summer with a skills coach and a nutritionist."

It sounds very plausible that Stewart may of had some serious conditioning problems heading into last season. Let's face it, it's not always easy adjusting to a new city(especially at such a young age). Perhaps last Summer he wasn't able to focus as much as he should have on his nutrition and fitness as he may have been a bit sidetracked with figuring out his living arrangements and making other major personal adjustments. Hockey is such a high intensity sport that if these guys aren't in the best shape possible at the beginning of training camp they can easily end up playing catch up for the remainder of the season. It makes even more sense when you look at the start he had. In the first 13 games(Under Payne)he had just 2 goals, 1assist, and a plus/minus of -4. To me, that shows that it may of been a lot more than just not fitting into Hitch's strict defensive system that caused him to struggle. That said, I really am excited to see what he can do with a fresh start and coming into camp in tip top shape. He also doesn't have the lofty media/fan expectations of last season hanging over his head which IMO could possibly help him to stay even more focused.

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