Former Edmonton Oilers captain Ethan Moreau is “pissed off” for the upcoming season because nobody was interested in acquiring his services. “Captain Glass”, as he’s so affectionately referred to, tells J.P. Hoornstra of Inside the Kings that he’s healthy and ready to prove he can still contribute at 35.
The L.A. Kings signed Moreau to a one-year $600,000 deal this week, and the 15-year NHL veteran has had just about enough of people questioning injury history.
Moreau on his own health:
“I’m great. That’s the biggest misconception right now, that my health – it has been just unlucky things. I’ve been hit by pucks in the wrong spots. It has nothing to do with age, wearing down. I’ve never had hip problems, knee problems, concussions. I feel the same way I did when I was 28.”
As Jonathan Willis noted over the weekend, Moreau has missed a total of 186 games over the past five seasons, including 43 in 2010-11 as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The injuries that have kept Moreau out the lineup at times over the past several years are varied in nature, so he makes a valid point. Still, it’s hard to fathom that he’ll play a major role on a young team when statistical evidence suggests that he’s been in decline for years.
Moreau on where he believes he fits in the Kings system:
“I know what I can do. I just want to come to camp and prove to teammates, coaches, myself, that I’m back to where I was a few years ago – a high-end third-line guy that can provide goals, still get 15 goals, play physical, tough, block shots, kill penalties, be aggressive on the PK and lead in the locker room.”
Good luck, Ethan Moreau.
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