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from the Sun-Sentinel,
O'Brien's commitment to fitness has translated into a leaner, quicker and more agile Panthers roster. Instead of lifting weights, players are actually losing it to increase their speed and agility under O'Brien's program in his second year with the Panthers, and Panthers General Manager and coach Jacques Martin said he believes in his players' physique makes them better equipped for the new NHL, which values such traits. "I think Andy has done a great job with our people when I look at the results this year compared to last year," Martin said. "His program is really more focused on speed and quickness vs. the old strategy of bulking [up] and lifting heavy weights."

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