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McCarty looking to bounce back from subpar year

Updated: September 16, 2002, 8:14 PM ET
Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- In his career with the Detroit Red Wings, Darren McCarty has never been shy about using his fists.

McCarty spent his offseason honing his pugilistic prowess. But the work he's been doing with trainer Al Irish is to help him when he has his gloves on.

''This year I'm in as good a shape as I've ever been,'' said McCarty, who carries a sculpted 215 pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame. ''I'm not a guy that needs to get too much stronger, I just need to get quicker ...

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