Thread: Confirmed with Link: Matt Cullen and Viktor Stalberg to NSH
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07-07-2013, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by ThirdManIn View Post
I'm liking what I am hearing about Cullen's conditioning. I'm not comparing him to Jagr as a player, but Jagr is a testament to how staying in very good shaping, training hard and taking care of your body can allow you to be an effective player well into your 30s or even 40s. Lidstrom is another example, as well as Gelinas. Those guys all trained incredibly hard, and it showed on the ice (even if they don't all have the same abilities).
It's also about their leadership skills. Gelinas saved Tootoo's career and had an impact on many others in terms of taking care of your body, eating right, giving your body the needed rest, working out to keep in shape, etc. it was why Gelinas was immediately offered the player development position, why he excelled there, and why he's now in the NHL behind the bench.

Matt Cullen was brought in to add a veteran presence to the young club. He'll have the attention of the room.

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