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by Paul on 10/15/09 at 09:45 AM ET
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washingotn Post,
But getting back to the Mike Green who Boudreau played more than anyone else last season first meant nursing himself back to health. Upon returning to his hometown Calgary, he began rehabilitating his injured shoulder. And instead of working on building muscle like most fourth-year professionals, Green focused on shedding the 29 pounds he’d gained during the season and adhering to a healthier diet. Poor eating habits, Green said, had not only caused his weight gain but also were to blame for the dangerously low iron levels that sapped his energy in the playoffs.
“It was a mistake he made,” Boudreau said of Green’s weight. “He let it get away from him.”
It wasn’t the first time Boudreau had seen Green pack on a significant number of pounds during a season.
“The same thing happened in Hershey,” Boudreau added. “I said, ‘Mike, you have to look after your weight.’ So he starved himself and he was so weak. So I said, ‘Mike, forget about it. Just play the way you’re playing. I don’t want you to kill yourself.’ So when he put on a few pounds last year, I wasn’t really ready to bring it up in the middle of a playoff run because I didn’t want it to affect him.”
Craig Custance of the Sporting News takes a look at the play of the Washington Capitals too.
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