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Lucic agrees he isn’t in game shape

Jan 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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After reportedly huffing and puffing during an informal skate on Monday, Milan Lucic admitted to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty that he’s not at full speed.

“You’re never really in ‘game shape’ until you’re playing in games,” said Lucic. “I try to keep myself in shape, but we still have to weeks to get into game shape. I’ve never had a problem with my conditioning at any level, so I’ll be ready. I’ve stayed the same [weight]. It’s been hard, but I’ve stayed the same.”

Lucic might look especially out of place – and shape – compared to many of his Boston Bruins teammates who played overseas. (Haggerty claims that Tyler Seguin was “flying” out there, in particular.)

It doesn’t sound like the Canadian power forward will suffer the same, bulbous fate as Keith Tkachuk, though.

… But it’s a far cry from the cautionary tale of Blues forward Keith Tkachuk during the last lockout: He gained so much weight during the 2004-05 cancelled season that it took weeks before was allowed on the ice after a rigorous dry-land exercise program. Even after he returned, Tkachuk had one of his worst seasons with 15 goals, 36 points and a minus-15 rating in 41 games.

If Lucic wants to avoid further comparisons, then he better embrace the impending crash course to opening night.

  1. sabatimus - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Yep, I smell injuries coming. And not just for Lucic.

    • dipthatchip - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      couldn’t agree more. there’s gonna be plenty of call-ups this ‘season’

      • michiganhockey11 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        I agree completely. This years Cup winner will be determined by who has the deepenst bench/AHL system.

        Lucic and the rest of the guys better switch back over to PBR or Natty Light. Can’t afford the extra weight.

        The first 10-12 games might look like we’re watching college games I feel.

  2. innout10 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    For tkachuk… Yeah -15 is bad but he was on a brutal blues team back then and 36pts in 41gms sure isn’t too shabby.

    Lucic is a pile of meat.. He’s got good hands and is a big body in front so he’s effective … But watch him in warmups next time you see him play and the guy can barely cross over. Not a good skater at all.

    • matt14gg - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      I’m as big a Lucic fan as there is, but you are absolutely right. He’s a poor skater and even worse, watch him try to collect a pass or handle the puck for more than two seconds. He can’t do it. There is a reason he didn’t play in Europe. He just wouldn’t be able to do it and he would be exposed in a big way. The NHL style of hockey was made for Looch and he’s lucky, because if it was a finesse sport with a big sheet of ice he would have no chance. Still a great Bruin though.

      • nhloon - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        you guys know about his hunch back correct ? When the Bruins won the cup, reporters were told strictly not to take images of Lucic w/out a shirt on during celebrations in the locker room…. which probably has something to do with his skating and stick handling style.

      • matt14gg - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        NHLOON, you are correct. Lucic has something called Scheurman’s Disease. It causes him to have a hunched back. It hasn’t really effected him, except doctors have theorized it’s what give him such devastating punching power, from the torque he can generate from his back.

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Looch will be fine. Rare combo of a guy that can score on you and beat you up.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      When he actually gives 100%…

  4. matt14gg - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Regarding Tkachuk, it was funny but during that lockout he played in a gold tournament up in Boston that was televised on local TV and he looked like Craig Stadler walking around the course. It was embarrassing.

    • matt14gg - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      “golf tournament” sorry

  5. bcjim - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Lucic not begin a professional and staying in shape???

    Im shocked.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Maybe he was training with Byfuglien on his boat.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      You should learn to read. It simply states he isn’t in game shape because he hasn’t been playing in pro leagues, it makes no mention of him not staying in shape.

  6. hawkeyplayer - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    he still has to week to get in shape, but to many to weeks is not enough. only time will tell is to weeks will get these players to game shape.

    ps. me thinks not. I expect sluggish players all over the ice until they break their bodies in from actually playing.

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