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01/11/2023 at 12:41pm EST



Brian Lashoff named to AHL All-Star Game, he was also named captain.



I guess my question is, what kind of shape are these guys in if they were gassed from their first game in three days?  Four games in the last ten days.  This isn't even a compressed schedule.

Thank God we're not a playoff team because they wouldn't make it to the fourth game of a series.


Having played hockey, and coached many teams of all ages, there are games where you or your team just doesn't have legs, it just happens, it certainly can have a cause, but could also not. 

We can say these guys are millionaire athletes, with formulated diets, schedules, etc. shouldn't happen, but it does, they are human, especially playing a physical 82 game traveling schedule with practices.  Its a man's league after all...  

It happens to good and bad teams, when it happens with a team like the wings though, that's where the lack of elite of elite star power shows.  A 90% McDavid is still on par with a 100% Larkin, it is what it is.  


I know what your saying (and knew when I typed it that someone would pull the "having played x", but I don't want to hear it from the red wings. I, too, have actually played sports so I get the fatigue aspect. 

Now if Jon Cooper was making this statrment after game 75 of the season after being in the Stanley Cup Finals the last 3 years...sure,that makes complete sense. 

But maybe someone should remind Lalonde he's not in Tampa anymore. 

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