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A Canadian Tour

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
En Route -- The Boston Bruins boarded "Bear Force One" for a Canadian tour on Monday and will make stops in Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa before they return home to the Garden.


Coach Julien, Bergeron, Recchi and Marchand.
The nine day excursion will give the new Bruins lineup, which now includes Tomas Kaberle (who will meet the team in Calgary), Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, a chance to gel.

Former newcomer Gregory Campbell said that the road trip is not overrated.

"I don’t think so," he said, before he chuckled and added,"You’re basically kind of forced to hang out with each other -- especially with the three new guys that we have.

"I think this team is pretty close as it is, but it will help being on the road for eight days. If nothing else we’ll be sick of each other by the end of it.

"I think everybody is looking forward to this trip, and it’s not like we’re playing every day too. We have a good three days off in Vancouver which is nice and we’ll probably be able enjoy ourselves," he said.

It stands to reason that the club will find itself playing pretty good hockey in the short run.

"Well I think so," said Julien when asked if the B's wer improved by the trades. "You know we were looking for somebody from the back end to quarterback our power play and also help us move the puck better.

"And there is no doubt [that Kaberle} is capable of doing that.

"There is some depth and experience and obviously we feel that we are a better team and all that is left to do right now is go out and show it."

That said, Julien was also asked about the minor deals that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated might occur as the trade deadline draws nearer.

"I’ll take any help I can get," said Julien. "The one thing you want is some depth and I think that’s where we hurt ourselves a little bit last year.

"Krejci was hurt and Savvy [Marc Savard] was just coming back and we got thin pretty quick. And I think that really took away our chances and hurt us a lot in that area.

"So I think we’re trying to cover that right now and if we brought people in it would just bring more depth. So I think as a coach you can use it on any condition."

For now, however, the Bruins will concentrate on Calgary.

"They’re on a hot roll here, right now and they’re playing really good hockey," said B's defenseman Adam McQuaid. "So I’m sure there is a lot of excitement with their last game being the Heritage Classic there.

"So we’re up against another challenge here and it will be a nice road trip for us to get to bond with the new guys and hopefully get a string of wins together."
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