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01-25-2013, 07:52 AM
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NYR1967
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I think the thing that is bothering me most after last night's game is the conditioning level of the players. I may get flamed for this, but here goes. The players (except for the new additions) have been through training camp before. They know what Torts expects from them, and they have all had to pass his fitness test of doom. So why didn't they keep in that kind of pre training camp shape during the lockout?

I'm lucky enough to get to play piano for a living and I have long stretches of time off where I play at least four hours a day to keep sharp. A lawyer has to keep abreast of new statutes, an IT guy has to constantly read up on new technology. We do that stuff because it's our JOB to do it. Not on our bosses time, but on our own time. So doesn't it stand to reason that professional hockey players who make way more money than most piano players, lawyers and IT guys should keep in top shape on their own time as well?

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