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03-15-2013, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Crumblin Erb Brooks View Post
Perhaps the lockout is partially to blame for Backes, tough to stay in shape when you are stuck in mediation rooms during the entire lockout.

I dont get going back to Jackman-Petro either, not a good pairing ever, no matter how much we want to make it work.
This is actually a good point. I remember Bill Guerin making the same point when he was in St. Louis. He was heavily invovled in the negotiation process, and he said it contributed to a decline in his conditioning. The end result being the worst GPG season of his career to that point. That poor season resulted in the Stars not resigning him, allowing the Blues to pick him up on the cheap for a season before trading him to San Jose at the deadline.

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