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Kostya Kennedy
July 16, 2001
Blues first-line winger Keith Tkachuk, who was obtained at the trade deadline in March and scored only two goals and nine points in a sluggish postseason, was found to have 16% body fat in his end-of-season physical. The average NHL player has 10% body fat. The 6'2", 225-pound Tkachuk is working with a personal trainer this summer....
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July 16, 2001

In The Crease

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Blues first-line winger Keith Tkachuk, who was obtained at the trade deadline in March and scored only two goals and nine points in a sluggish postseason, was found to have 16% body fat in his end-of-season physical. The average NHL player has 10% body fat. The 6'2", 225-pound Tkachuk is working with a personal trainer this summer....

Last season Maple Leafs assistant general manager Bill Watters dismissively said that Devils wing Alexander Mogilny, who was en route to a 43-goal season, was the classic example of a player excelling in his walk year. So what does Toronto do six months later? It signs Mogilny to a four-year, $22 million free-agent deal....

The club that may have improved the most in the off-season is the Flyers. By re-signing left wing John LeClair, signing free-agent center Jeremy Roenick and defenseman Eric Weinrich, and acquiring talented center Jiri Dopita, Philadelphia has become a strong candidate to dethrone New Jersey in the Eastern Conference....

The Coyotes, who missed the playoffs last season, have reduced ticket prices, and now 21% of their arena's seats are priced at $12 or less....

In April 2000 Boyd Devereaux, then a 21-year-old center for the Oilers, suffered a severe concussion that led Edmonton to suggest that he retire. Devereaux, a first-round draft pick in 1996, resisted, and after signing as a free agent with the Red Wings in August 2000—the Oilers had released him and doctors cleared him medically—a tentative Devereaux had only 11 points in 55 games last season. This summer he is working with a trainer in Phoenix, and in the last month he has added eight pounds of muscle, so the 6'2" Devereaux is now 223 pounds.

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