I'm wondering if he didn't do some introspection or if someone didn't sit down and have a serious talk with him about his effort and it's relation to his output. When the guy is in go-mode, he really is a scoring force. But far too often he just stops working hard. You can see it in his face. He's just not tenacious far too often, like he's bored and drowsy. And then he seems apathetic about it. But at more times than we've seen the last few seasons, he seems to look a little hungrier this year. He's really looked strong lately. There's no reason he can't keep it up when Dats and Z are back. He's done it before, but he's gotta play hungry, every game, every shift.
You know what...when season started, he looked as lazy as all those seasons before. Then he was injured, with the Wings never really saying what it was, just "undisclosed illness" or something...and then he came back and played the hell out of him. Very energetic, focused, even defending. Then he got concussed, and when he came back he again looked that sharp...
...and when he was out with that "undisclosed illness", I read somewhere that rumour was that he suffers/suffered from depression. At that point, I thought "ok, just BS"...but giving it a second thought...he really shows signs of what are typical symptoms of this. Maybe they just finally found the right theraphy and he starts getting over it?
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