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11-13-2012, 12:21 AM
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The Zetterberg Era
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For the record Yzerman suffered his first knee injury in the 80's. He still put up big numbers afterwards but it was that initial injury that would eventually cause all the scar tissue damage and the bone on bone grinding later in his career. He played most of the rest of his career from that point on not 100%. In 93-94 he suffered a back injury. That is where you really see the slowing down in production. You can point to goalies, but he has said the back which he thought the knee contributed to hurt some of his offensive abilities. He then tailored his game to more of a defensive role and won a Selke.

Make no mistake he played a significant portion of his career pretty dinged up. A lot of hockey players do, but the extra gear he had really went away with the back and knee combo.

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