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03-26-2013, 12:08 PM
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Its the lockout. People came back out of shape and out of sync.
This is somewhat true for the big names.
If you use 1995 as an example:
Yzerman went from 1.41 PPG in 1994 to 0.81 PPG
Shanahan went from 1.26 to 0.91 PPG
Brindamour went from 1.15 to 0.81
Roenick went from 1.27 to 1.03
Gilmour went from 1.34 to 0.75
Bure went from 1.41 to 0.98
Gretzky went from 1.60 to 1.00
Look at those names -- Hart/Ross finalists, postseason all stars. Some of those guys (like Gilmour and Roenick) played overseas during the lockout.
Pro athletes, especially the veteran guys, are so regimented and particular. I dont know what Richards' offseason regiment is/was, but this is the second year in a row where he's been invisible for the first 40 or so games.
How the hell do you forget to pass the puck? That takes no physical strength. Thats why guys like Oates and Larionov and Messier and Francis played into their 40s.
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