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Pivotal Year For Mike Green

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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scotts0's avatar

If he wants to be respected, he may want to get rid of that douchebag fauxhawk.

Just a suggestion.

Either way, he’s not a defenseman.  He’s a rover, not unlike ole’ slewfoot from San Jose, Dan Boyle.  They’re marginal defensemen at best, and the only reason they get any recognition is because they coincidentally enough happen to be backing lines that consist of Heatley, Marleau, Thornton, Ovechkin, Semin and Backstrom.  You can stick a mediocre 15 year old PeeWee hockey player on defense with those players and he’d manage to get 50 points in a season.

Put ole’ Greeny on the Wings and he’d be fighting for a spot on the 3rd defensemen pair.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 09/22/10 at 06:10 PM ET

MikeGreenFan's avatar

Honestly without a great playoff year, the Caps as we know them now will be much different next year… I’m hoping they will play up to the caliber I know they can play.

Not sure how the fauxhawk has anything to do with being a quality player or not, and even if he was a douchebag, still doesn’t affect his skills, and for sure he’s not a defensize defenseman, he’s not asked to be, if he were on a different team like the Red Wings, than he would maybe be expected to provide a different role, but as of right now he’s doing what is expected of him in the regular season, and all he needs to do is bring that to the playoffs, along with the other Caps.

Posted by MikeGreenFan from Laval, Quebec, Canada on 09/27/10 at 03:21 PM ET

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