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Morgan Rielly did.

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According to Friedman's 30 thoughts:

23. Babcock, on what he wants from the winger who plays with Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk: "Speed."

24. Morgan Rielly, on what he worked on this summer: "Battle drills." He’d go one-on-one with Mike Santorelli, then join a larger group that included Jason Garrison, Chris Higgins and David Jones. The defenceman added he loves going against Santorelli, because the latter gets really upset when he loses. Rielly also said he changed his diet. Toughest thing to give up: "Pizza."

More 30 thoughts here. What would you do for hockey?

On that sobering note, happy Saturday!

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To which I say, yes, but look at this possession:

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