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Fitness no issue this time around for Lucic

Oct 3, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

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Milan Lucic fully admitted he wasn’t in the best shape coming out of the lockout in January. This time around, however, fitness doesn’t sound like an issue for the big Bruins winger.

From CSN New England:

He spent much of the offseason in Vancouver working out with Vancouver Giants strength and conditioning guru Ian Gallagher, along with fellow Giants alums Brendan Gallagher and Calgary Flames forward Lance Bouma. Lucic had to work feverishly to catch up to the other NHL guys in their regimented off-season workouts after he’d played so deep into the summer with the Stanley Cup Final rolling into deep June.

Lucic says he found offseason motivation in not wanting to disappoint people again. And for 2013-14, his coach is expecting big things.

“There’s no doubt he came in good shape [this year],” said Claude Julien. “He’s got a good focus. He’s a guy that’s been a leader on every team that he’s been on, so there’s no doubt he wants to be a good leader for our hockey club. He’s a guy that’s going to be very good for us this year. I’m very confident about that.”

Lucic, 25, had a tough regular season in 2013 — he was even a healthy scratch once in April — but he found his game in the playoffs, scoring seven times with 12 assists in 22 games as the B’s made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

  1. upyourstodd - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    This guy makes dump and chase a feasible option.

    • dropthepuckeh - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Yes, dumps a guy with his left and chases him from the game with a KO…..

  2. amityvillefun - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Looch is awesome when he’s on his game – a true force to be reckoned with! Last year there were a lot of nights where he just wasn’t involved. Hopefully, this year will be a totally different story and he will bring his “A” game on a nightly basis. Playing with Iginla should help too.

    The Krejci – Iginla – Lucic line should KILL this year!

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