Renaud Lavoie @RenLavoieRDS
From my blog: #canucks Maxim Lapierre gained 20 pounds of muscle during the lockout. He'll be way more stronger on the ice.
The first thing you notice crossing Maxim Lapierre is that it is really tough. Not that he was not before, but it took lockout to make 20 pounds of muscle. Yes 20 pounds!
In fact, it took 28 pounds at one point, but decided to lose 8 because they had trouble handling the puck well. Now his weight is 220 pounds and it feels very strong on the ice.
Why did you decide to take as much weight? I met him in the locker Canucks and his answer is interesting. "I thought I could squeeze my opponents easily. But now it is no longer the case and the big difference will be when I'll cut to the net. "
Obviously, it has been able to gain as much weight, it is thanks to lockout. In a normal season, the players have only three months in the summer to build muscle mass. "I hired a nutritionist, because it is not really my training that I've changed, but my nutrition. I had to eat more protein. When I say more, it's really much more. At such a point to be honest, it is not the training that I found difficult, but eat. "
Maxim Lapierre become an unrestricted free agent in July and he had put the odds on his side.
MORE MATURE IN HER GAME
For Canucks, it is not the physical Maxim Lapierre concern Alain Vigneault, but what to do on the ice. And the request of the coach is very clear.
"We want Maxim is more focused after the whistle and he stops talking to the opponent. We will never complain of his desire and his intensity as a match to the training. "
Alex Burrows is also a fan of Maxim Lapierre. "I can tell you that even if he gained weight, he skates as well. When confident with the puck, it can be the most dangerous player on the ice. This is an underrated player in my opinion. Now he will play the role under stirring and the guys love it a lot here. He found his niche. "
BURROWS DOES NOT INTEND TO STOP
The career of Alex Burrows is not trivial. It is found on the first line of the Canucks, who was never drafted and spent three full seasons in the East Coast League.
So he has never taken anything for granted and always has been forced to prove. This season, his salary is $ 2 million, but it has a 4 year contract in his pocket that will bring him 4.5 million per season, in the month of October.
Now he has a real financial security, he will find it difficult to motivate yourself? "Not at all, he said. I'll keep the same attitude and no question of changing attitudes. I look at young people who arrive and they have more hands, they are stronger and faster. I want to stay with the Sedin twins, so this is my biggest motivation. "
Hard not to love a player like Alex Burrows is a good example for all young players in Quebec.
Edited by Strombone1, 15 January 2013 - 07:33 PM.