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Bergeron & Krug Pool Quotes on October 6 Regarding Team Building in VT

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POOL QUOTES

Monday, October 6, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the team-building trip in Vermont…
I think it’s, like you said, every year it’s important, and this year we had a few more guys — you know, new guys that might be part of the team. So it definitely was even more important this year to do it. I think it’s always nice to kind of get to leave here as a team and be somewhere where you’re basically here for 48 hours and you can establish some chemistry by doing these activities and working on leadership and trusting each other. It always helps.

On how this year’s trip differed from trips in years past…
I think there are always similarities, but at the same time, you definitely touch on the same kind of stuff about teamwork and leadership and trusting your teammates and whatnot. But it’s also about making a connection with all the guys, even with the new guys, and trying to make them feel comfortable around the group and not [be afraid of] stepping up or leading the way if need be in our activities, and realizing that that’s the way we do things around here — it’s about all the guys and not just individuals.

On whether there is a different feeling heading into this season with new faces in the mix for roster spots…
Yeah, I think the biggest thing for me is making sure that we all understand, I guess, the team mindset and mentality, and also even on the ice about making sure that we all understand the systems. And [Head Coach] Claude [Julien] does a good job with that — he always does a good job with that during training camp. For all the new players that are with us, like I said, it’s getting used to it for them and establishing chemistry and whatnot. But I think this year, the biggest thing was probably making sure we all learn the systems, and I think we’ve done a good job of that.

On his eagerness for the regular season to begin, given how well he and linemate Brad Marchand played during the preseason…
Yeah, I think that when you do build on it and you go out there, I think you definitely [need to] keep it going to start the season. It was nice just being back for a few games and all the little details, just getting used to getting back on D and into the right position, and that helps definitely during the preseason. That being said, it’s one of those things that you want to carry it into the season. It was nice to get our first game with Reilly Smith as well — it’s nice to have him back, and it was nice to get at least a game [together] before starting the regular season.

On his comfort level playing with Brad Marchand…
We’ve been linemates for so long now - I think it's even, he started his first year with [Gregory Campbell] and [Shawn Thornton], but you know, mid-season, he came with us and we never really stopped playing together, so we definitely found some chemistry quickly and right away. We felt comfortable with one another and I think as time goes on, and you get more years behind you, it becomes second-nature. You know, with the two of us and where we're going on the ice, and where to put the puck, I know what to do when Marchy's on the ice and he knows my strengths as well and we try to play into that. Yeah, he's definitely a player I enjoy playing with and we've developed a great friendship and chemistry with him.

On the importance of getting off to a good start with some new players in the fold…
It’s important, especially this year. Looking at the schedule also, we have a lot of games early on. It’s a little different for us — I think we haven’t really had a start this busy for a few years, so it’s definitely something where we have to get off to a good start. We have to establish a connection with all the new players and everyone is going to have to make sure we’re dialed in and that we definitely need to carry on what we’ve accomplished already. We need to keep getting better game after game and go from there.

On Reilly Smith’s progress through the preseason…
Yeah, I thought he looked great…They've [Smith and Torey Krug] got this whole week under their belt, and they're feeling a lot better about their game. You know, skating on your own is different than skating in training camp -- the intensity increases, and you have to battle and obviously the physical play, it's just part of the game. Even though he's in great shape, that doesn't mean you're in game shape, and I thought he showed up and didn't really miss a beat and he looked great right away, right from the get-go. By the way he looked in the first game -- it was nice, like I said, for us to get that game together as a line -- you know, just to get back to doing our little things on the ice and knowing where the guys will be and getting adjusted to that again.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On how the weekend and team-building trip went…
Yeah it was an awesome weekend. I think anytime you go away with your teammates, it's always fun, first and foremost and we were up at the Vermont Police Academy, hanging out having a good time - we went through a bunch of different educational exercises and training. We had a lot of fun with it, it was a great weekend.

On having time off the ice, even though it's close to the start of the season…
Yeah, I think it's really beneficial. Guys go through a long camp and they come to Boston, they're excited to see everyone. You're thrown onto the ice, you're skating a lot, there's a lot of things thrown at you by the coaching staff, you know, you're back in town and everything - it can be overwhelming, for sure. So to take the time as a team and to go away together, and maybe get away from the rink a little bit, is definitely beneficial and I think it's important to kind of refresh ourselves. We've been skating a lot lately and now everyone's just eager to get this thing going. I think we have a very excited, hungry group and we're just looking forward to Wednesday.

On the team's mood right away on Saturday after the game, and then after the weekend…
You know, everything that happened with Johnny, it's tough - he was such a big part of the locker room, not only on the ice but he's a guy, socially everyone got along with him, he made everyone feel very comfortable in the locker room, so he played a big part. you know, there's some room that we're going to have to make up here, guys are going to kind of have to pull their end of the slack and make up for what we lost in Johnny. But we're very confident with everyone that we have in here, but it was a tough day for sure, and I guess going away for the weekend can kind of help with that and now it's just moving forward. We understand that it was a business thing, and we're just moving forward.

On how you feel physically and emotionally after missing part of camp, and if he’s ready to go for the opener…
Yeah, I am ready to go. The portion of camp that I missed, it was tough. Mentally, it was draining. I was stressed quite a bit but that’s just part of it, you know, I learned a few lessons going through that whole process and that’s behind me. Now I’m here and I’m ready to play hockey. Physically, the first day or so, I felt like it was just about getting my timing back. I was in very good shape and just coming in here and getting back on the ice with NHL players is important, whether its timing or strength. So for me, I feel like I’m up to speed, especially after the last two games. I thought they went pretty well, I played decent minutes, and now I’m just eager to get this thing going. It’s back to about playing hockey.

On if there is still rust to shake off, or if he feels confident he’s where he wants to be…
I’m very confident. I feel like I said that a lot. You know, I got rid of that rust for sure the first few skates. Everyone’s been great too towards us so it’s easy to come back in the locker room and just make sure were ready to put our heads down and go to work, and that’s what it’s really been all about, just making sure that we’re working hard, and making sure that we’re prepared for the season because we have a job to do. So, physically I feel like I’m very prepared and I’m ready to go.

On if there will be more of an emphasis on the defensemen not doing too much and sticking to their roles, with the absence of Johnny Boychuk now…
Well yeah, obviously there’s a void - with Johnny gone, there’s a big hole to fill. Everyone as a group just has to do their part. It’s very important that guys don’t try to do too much and try to take on an additional role that they probably they shouldn’t. Some guys are going to play a little bit more now and I think everyone takes that challenge and runs with it. I think everyone’s excited with the opportunity to play and we just have to make sure we stay focused, stay true to our identity, not only as individual players but as a D core in general. We’ve got to make sure we stay true to that.

On the D corps having the experience of stepping up when Dennis Seidenberg was lost to injury last year…
Yeah that’s a very good point I think going through what we did last year with Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] going down and at different points of the season, other guys going down, [Adam] McQuaid obviously missed some time as well. I think using that experience that we gained that time could definitely help us out moving forward. Obviously, this is a permanent thing with Johnny being gone. We’ve got to take the same approach – it’s by committee. That’s what we have to do. Like I said, as long as we stay true to ourselves and our individual identities and making sure we’re not trying to do too much - become a player that we’re not - I think everything will work out well.
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