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Modano Catching Up With Wings Tempo

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Modano was asked if Wings coach Mike Babcock’s training camp regime is all that different from what’s he experienced in Dallas.

The Livonia native was surprisingly blunt in his comparisons to Stars’camps run the past three seasons by former coach Dave Tippett and current Dallas bench boss Marc Crawford.

“The last two or three years there’s been a real big difference,” Modano said.

“I think the pace and tempo is night and day from what we’re used to. Very similar to what Hitch (Ken Hitchcock) was doing in the last 90s early 2000, similar style.

“You needed to be in shape. You needed to skate hard to be effective.

“That’s kind of my situation now is to play a little catchup and try to refer back to those days how we played.”

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Am I the only one who is disappointed he inst participating in Sprints?  I realize he is 40, and is trying to get back on his feet,  wouldn’t sprints at the end of practice be useful in building endurance?

Posted by wingsnut25 from Cheboygan, MI on 09/30/10 at 02:25 PM ET

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Am I the only one who is disappointed he inst participating in Sprints?  I realize he is 40, and is trying to get back on his feet, wouldn’t sprints at the end of practice be useful in building endurance?

Posted by wingsnut25 on 09/30/10 at 12:25 PM ET

I read that as he wasn’t doing them becasue he’s getting back from injury, not as he never does them.

Also, the article didn’t say who else wasn’t participating in sprints at the end of practice. Other players could have been excused as well.

Posted by MisfitJake on 09/30/10 at 03:34 PM ET

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He was feeling “tight and sore” after Saturday’s game, I believe, and was held out of Sunday’s and Wednesday’s games because he essentially had a borderline groin injury.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 09/30/10 at 04:56 PM ET

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20 year vet should know he has to get game ready over summer.  I’ll give him that Dallas may have been an easier camp, but camp is only a couple weeks, you should be trying to get timing and stuff down, not get into physical shape, you should already be in shape by the time it starts.  I noticed in the one game I got to watch him so far, he was very unnoticeable, just skatin’ around in circles not really doing much.  Salei on the other hand, Chief had it right, somehow he is the key.
Could you imagine Yzerman, another HoF’er, coming to camp and going, “I didn’t realize it was going to be hard”

That should speak volumes of the Red Wings.

I feel like he might be confusing shouldering the responsibility to score or to be a clutch player and the fact that Detroit Brass told him he wouldn’t have to shoulder that responsibility, just be one of the guys, with not having to compete.  With not having to hustle.  I hope this future HoF’ers’ lacksidaisy doesn’t rub off on any of our younger guys.  Definately doesn’t look or sound as hungry as some of the other vets.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 09/30/10 at 06:37 PM ET

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