See, it's just like taking your foot off the gas. The car will eventually stop and if your foot is still off the gas, the car wont go.
Players who have long and successful careers, are the players who keep their foot on the gas and they don't let go of it. It has to do with desire, passion, drive and will to keep playing as long as you can, and be successful as long as they can.
Unfortunately there have been many promising players who took their foot off the gas, like the guy you're talking about in this thread.
i was looking forward to him coming to the flyers, but he was pretty much a fourth line player and not effective... shame that he just faded out after having a few strong seasons, i always tend to root for the shorter guys in the game
Bates suffered some injuries and was at least over 30. Also, he only scored 40+ points twice in his career.
Imagine a healthy Lupul (currently 28 years old) only getting 21 points next season and 14 points the year after that. It doesn't happen unless there's a reason. But foot injuries were mentioned in this thread, so that's probably it.
He was probably my favorite player. A hard worker, played whistle to whistle, didn't quit, probably the only guy with any heart and effort on some loaded yet horrible Ranger teams. Fans probably took a shine to him because he was smaller, an underdog and a longshot. He probably took a nose dive because he was smaller, an underdog and a longshot.
I remember a friend telling me during his 2nd season that the Rangers should trade him while his value was high because his body would not take the abuse of the NHL. You could see his point totals tail off every year after the 50/60 game mark. He just broke down every year. Add some age and you just never really recover. I refused to believe my friend at the time. I thought York would be a career Ranger and a future captain. Taught me a tough lesson about the realities of the game.