Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fuhr Shapes Up; Keenan Lifts Suspension

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fuhr Shapes Up; Keenan Lifts Suspension

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The prodigal goalie has come home, and he arrived without the fatted calf.

Grant Fuhr checked in with the Blues doctors on Saturday, weighed in at 205 pounds and took his first step in getting back in the good graces of general manager and coach Mike Keenan.

Fuhr completed his physical and "marginally passed," in Keenan's words. So, Keenan lifted Fuhr's suspension and put him to work.

"He started two-a-days Sunday," Keenan said Sunday before the Blues' 5-4 loss to Buffalo in a preseason game at The Aud. At least one of the workouts included an aerobic session in a swimming pool.

Bone spurs in Fuhr's left knee limit his off-ice workouts. He's unable to ride an exercise bike, which is why he declined to take the Blues' VO2 fitness test with the other players on Sept. 10. He also declined to do a military-style bench press because he has pins in both shoulders.

"He didn't fail his physical," Keenan said Sunday. "He failed himself. He failed when he didn't take the tests."

In addition, Fuhr reported at 219 pounds, 30 pounds over his playing weight, although Fuhr's lawyer, Jay Fee, questions the figure. Fuhr weighed 205 in subsequent weigh-ins.

"In six days, somehow 15 pounds disappeared," Fee said.

Keenan suspended Fuhr in accordance with 5 the standard players contract that requires players to be in condition to play "skilled hockey."

Fuhr underwent a complete battery of physical and fitness tests last week in Edmonton, but Keenan rejected the results, telling Fee that Fuhr had to pass the Blues' physical.

Fuhr spent two days in Boston last week working with Mike Boyles, the strength and conditioning coach at Boston University. Fee flew Fuhr in for the consultation and accompanied Fuhr to St. Louis to complete the physical. Fee said that Keenan was aware that Fuhr was in Boston but they did not meet.

Fee said that Fuhr underwent a complete orthopedic check, took his VO2 test and alternative shoulder strength tests.

Fuhr was not available for comment Sunday night, but Fee said he was "pleased to get back on the ice."

"Grant wants to get to know his teammates," Fee said. "Grant's been a pro for 15 years, and he's been to a lot of training camps. …

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