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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerfuffle View Post
    The job position needs to be filled but by no means is the guy leaving responsible for winning you 3 game 7s on the road nor the cup for that matter. If you guys are worried about losing the exercise coach it's going to be a pretty stressful summer.
    Injuries, especially involving muscles, are often traceable to inadequate and ill-suited training. The individualized regimen a strength and conditioning coach creates for players is extremely important to health and performance over a long season.

    And why are you derisively calling him an "exercise coach/consultant"? Seems petty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King'sPawn View Post
    And hopefully Lombardi doesn't underestimate the importance of a good S&C coach like a few people on this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerfuffle View Post
    I guess the Kings chances to repeat are now significantly diminished because the exercise rah-rah guy took a new job. What's next - the Zamboni driver leaves too? Seriously - how about letting the GM focus on what really matters - and that's the players and makeup of the team.
    What a flippant and simplistic statement.

    As all aspects of the team's operations fall within the purview of the GM, and given that superior conditioning is a fundamental part of success in any sport, this statement is ridiculous on its face. Well conditioned teams win, and there aren't a whole lot of elite coaches around. If the talent and smarts of two teams are about evenly matched, being able to ratchet up the energy (or outlast the oppnonent's) may be the deciding factor between victory and defeat. Yes, the GM should be involved, with the coaching staff and trainers, in the search for a new one.

    Anyone else remember that one S&C coach we had a number of years back, whose theory was to continue strength training (rather than maintain the off-season progress) during the schedule? When the Kings had slews of injuries (2 years of record, and near record, totals for man-games lost), and the guys looked like they were skating with pianos on their backs?

    I guess the 'hawks put more thought and effort into hiring their Zamboni driver this past year, since it sure looked as though they ran out of gas during the playoffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerfuffle View Post
    The job position needs to be filled but by no means is the guy leaving responsible for winning you 3 game 7s on the road nor the cup for that matter. If you guys are worried about losing the exercise coach it's going to be a pretty stressful summer.
    The right conditioning and strength sure as **** does have a role in playing 26 playoff games after an 82 game season, including multiple overtimes. Is he the only guy responsible? Of course not. But if you think the importance of strength and conditioning is equivalent to the importance of a zamboni driver, you are just sounding ignorant.

    Again, with a grinding team, the team has to be strong enough to play the style of play effectively (strength) and repeatedly (conditioning). The Kings haven't had the multitude of games lost to groin injury. Players who were oft injured like Williams is able to play complete seasons. And Drew Doughty is able to play 28 minutes a game in 26 playoff games, and also be top 10 in minutes/game in the regular season.

    This doesn't happen fro a "rah rah exercise" caveman. Otherwise the Kings could hire a high school gym teacher or an ice girl if that's all they had to do.

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    Could DL have passed on a new contract for him due to the shape that Richards and Voynov came into camp in ?

    Slava shaped up pretty quickly, but Richards never really did, just throwing this out there, but could there have been a personal issue between Richards and Van Asten ??? Guess nobody excpet them will ever really know, but if it comes down to a $5m center or a fitness coach, you can guess who is going to win 99% of the time.

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    Booooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

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    I think Herb Brooks would have something to say about the importance of strength and conditioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajuabju View Post
    Cause no one wants to actually live in Calgary...
    Lot's of folks do... it's a nice place but tough in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChilledAgua View Post
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    What a flippant and simplistic statement.

    As all aspects of the team's operations fall within the purview of the GM, and given that superior conditioning is a fundamental part of success in any sport, this statement is ridiculous on its face. Well conditioned teams win, and there aren't a whole lot of elite coaches around. If the talent and smarts of two teams are about evenly matched, being able to ratchet up the energy (or outlast the oppnonent's) may be the deciding factor between victory and defeat. Yes, the GM should be involved, with the coaching staff and trainers, in the search for a new one.

    Anyone else remember that one S&C coach we had a number of years back, whose theory was to continue strength training (rather than maintain the off-season progress) during the schedule? When the Kings had slews of injuries (2 years of record, and near record, totals for man-games lost), and the guys looked like they were skating with pianos on their backs?

    I guess the 'hawks put more thought and effort into hiring their Zamboni driver this past year, since it sure looked as though they ran out of gas during the playoffs.
    The hawks didn't run of gas. The Kings scored in OT cause the puck went in the net - nothing scientific there. But if you want to think the cup was won based on having the right exercise coach then so be it. I think you're stressing over nothing as these positions are easily filled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerfuffle View Post
    The hawks didn't run of gas. The Kings scored in OT cause the puck went in the net - nothing scientific there. But if you want to think the cup was won based on having the right exercise coach then so be it. I think you're stressing over nothing as these positions are easily filled.

    I don't think anyone here is stressing over this, just concerned until Dean Lombardi fills the position. Most of us here believe "In Dean We Trust". It has been a long haul for the Kings to get to the point they are right now and most of the success is based on DL's work to make the team it is.

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    When is the strength & conditioning coach draft?

    Strength & conditioning coach free agent frenzy?

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