Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/22/10 at 05:15 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Two years ago when the Caps blew a 2-0 series lead against Pittsburgh in the second round, there were questions about Green’s conditioning and lifestyle. Last season, it seemed as though he was trying to do too much, perhaps trying too hard to prove people wrong (the Caps fell off the map against Montreal after leading 3-1 in their first-round series).
Regardless of the root cause of the drop-off in performance at critical times, this is a seminal season for Green. And to his credit Green, who won’t turn 25 until the second week of the regular season, seems to have embraced the challenge of turning critics into believers.
Some of the changes are obvious. He looks leaner. He has been a leader on the ice during training camp scrimmages and drills. Part of the physical changes can be explained by a new offseason workout and diet regime.
“I think in past years I’ve trained hard, but me and my trainer Doug Crashley out of Calgary really focused this year on being powerful and I feel great,” Green said in a recent interview.
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