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BOSTON BRUINS BREAK-UP DAY QUOTES

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI AND HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
Peter Chiarelli’s opening statement…
Welcome everyone to this season-ending press conference. Today we’re conducting our exit meetings, and in the middle of these meetings we usually have this press conference. In preparation for the exit meetings, I try and, obviously, I look back at the year, and I try and pull out some themes and to talk about the players too in general, and to talk to you folks. This was a difficult one because we had such a strong push in the playoffs after what I characterize as a difficult regular season. We were the fourth seed and everything, but just the way that we played, it was a challenge. It was a challenge to Claude [Julien] and his staff because the lack of ability or time to prepare and to practice, and that came up in the exit meetings so far this morning, so I look back at the year, and I was amazed actually, not surprised, but amazed at our push in the playoffs, and it was such a strong push, and there’s some peaks and valleys, but when we’re rolling it was impressive to watch, and it really affirmed a lot in what we as a group believed in this team, like the core and what it’s capable of doing and what it did. The ending wasn’t fun, and I still don’t feel good about it and yesterday I didn’t feel good about it. None of us feel good about it, but my job as a manager is to look at this season and this group from 30,000 feet and to evaluate and to make decisions going forward, and at the end of the day I can tell you that I really liked what I saw. I liked the gumption. I liked what Claude [Julien] and his staff did with groups that were mixed and matched at times. I liked the performances by the Tuukka’s, the Krejci’s, everybody. [Milan] Lucic, Zee [Zdeno Chara], all the guys, so I’m feeling a little better now than this morning, than yesterday, and when I get back to my perch of 30,000 feet I’ll feel even better, so with that, I’ve got a couple of housekeeping items before we start on questions. I’ll try and anticipate some of your questions. We, like most teams that go this far, have had a lot of injuries. I think the most notable one was to Patrice [Bergeron], and we put out something this morning about him staying over for evaluation. Among other things, he had the rib cartilage that was damaged. He had a separated shoulder. In the course of getting a nerve block, he had a small hole in his lung. I’m not sure when that happened, so he played through all of this, and he was a warrior. I can’t say enough about his performance and what he did while being injured. We had other significant injuries that we can get to at a certain point, and I don’t have to go through them now, but generally speaking I was real satisfied with the way the season ended. And with that, we’ll take some questions. Claude and I will take questions.

On how challenging it was to find the right mix of guys on the ice with how beaten up the team was…
Julien: Well, it was a challenge. I think the biggest one, as we mentioned there, we had some guys, some key guys, that were injured along the way, and on a lot of occasions we weren’t able to finish with the same number we started, so you had to shorten your bench, and then, you know, we’d end up in those overtime periods and trying to find the right mix of putting the right guys out there on the ice and trying to give them some rest whenever you could, so being on the road is even harder because you don’t get the last change, so it was a challenge, but I’m going to tell you right now it was a fun challenge. That’s what coaching is all about. You need to be ready for those kind of things this time of year. That’s what you want to be dealing with, situations where you feel you can have some sort of an impact, but as you saw I think eventually as the series went on it caught up to us, and that was probably one of the biggest reasons I think that we weren’t able to finish the way we would have liked to.

On whether he has a sense that he will have to move one of his bigger contracts with the cap situation and whether he plans to use amnesty buyouts…
Chiarelli: No on the buyouts. You tell me on the cap. What does CapGeek say this morning? I’ve got some work to do. He’s right, and we’ve got some decisions to make and short order and we’re confident that whatever decisions we make the team that we have at the end of the day will be a contending team that has a real good chance to win again, so we’ll find the right mix, but you’re right. We do have some hard decision to make, including deciding on resigning players and deciding on retaining players.

On Bergeron’s nerve block…
Chiarelli: It was for the cartilage. … So there’s a freezing type of procedure, the nerve block, that Patrice opted to do so he could play in the game, and at some point before or after the game, it could have been the cracked rib, there was a puncture in his lung. That’s why he was under observation following the game.

On whether the punctured lung occurred during the game or during the procedure and whether it was life-threatening…
Chiarelli: Yeah, absolutely. It was a very small hole, and he’s fine. Patrice [Bergeron] is fine, so your question is, I don’t know when it happened.

On whether Bergeron was at significant risk other than the pain tolerance…
Chiarelli: Yeah, I guess. Of course he was at risk. Anytime anyone gets frozen up they’re at risk. Not for future injury, but from a pain perspective, and certainly he was at risk from the lung perspective, but it was a small puncture and he’s fine now.

On whether it is accurate to say that if the punctured lung happened during the game he would not be able to play…
Chiarelli: I don’t think he could have played if it happened during the game. I just, I don’t. I’m not a doctor, but I don’t think he could have played if it happened. He was aware of the risk going into it.

On whether Bergeron was aware that his life could be at risk going into it…
Chiarelli: No, I don’t know exactly what had happened, but he couldn’t have played if it had happened during the game, so it may have happened after. We caught it and it was like he had a pain in his lung and we brought him to the hospital.
Julien: Just clarity on that, if it had happened during the game, he wouldn’t have been able to recover as far as having that little puncture in his lung. He wouldn’t have been able to recover, so the biggest speculation is that it didn’t happen during the game.
Chiarelli: If it had happened during the game, he would have felt the pain and then he wouldn’t have been able to play, and the same thing, he would have been sent to the hospital and it would have been rectified.

On Zdeno Chara remaining the highest-paid player on the team…
Chiarelli: I’m not going to answer that question. You can try to skin the cat a different way. I’ll try to ice a competitive team that will contend for a Stanley Cup.

On Zdeno Chara’s injury…
Chiarelli: He had a hip flexor that was pretty potent.

On Tyler Seguin and his injury…
Chiarelli: I don’t know if I’m going to disclose anything. There’s more injuries. Maybe they’ll come out at a different time. Sometimes it looks like you’re making an excuse when you just roll off all the injuries. We had a lot of injuries. We were banged up. A lot of our guys are banged up. So, there’s your answer on Seguin. I thought he played a strong game the last game. I thought his finals was good. He’s a young, explosive player that didn’t perform exactly the way we had envisioned. But he’s young and he makes plays and he makes timely plays. There’s only good things in store for him.

On David Krejci’s play and Milan Lucic becoming a leader…
Chiarelli: Specifically, Krech [David Krejci] I thought was an impact player this playoffs. I thought his wingers really helped him. That line has to be all as one to really be effective, and I think when it is it’s the best line in hockey. I think what you saw, it was the best line in hockey. What I can take away from this playoff with respect to Looch [Milan Lucic] is, I just go back to that Toronto game. He passed it to Horton and then he came behind the bench and the way he said it, delivered his message to the bench: “There’s one, boys. Got a couple more to go.” That, to me, that speaks to the leadership. I’ve been on the bench before with stuff like that said. Claude [Julien], obviously you were there. I think it just raises the level. He was a man among boys that game. He had a real good playoff.

On Nathan Horton’s playoff performance changing Chiarelli’s plans…
Chiarelli: When you make a decision to try and bring back guys that are on the eve of free agency, you’d like to think that you can make the right decision before the last possible moment. Usually, that’s what I try and do. There’s so many balls in the air this year, and then with the cap going down. I try to be proactive on stuff and I try to get ahead of stuff, and this year it was too hard. Specifically on Nathan [Horton], I put him in with the rest of the group. They’ve been moving targets and I’m going to try to push through it now. It’s not the ideal way, but I’m going to try to push through it now.

On losing the edge at the center position versus Chicago due to injuries…
Julien: Well, it was one of the areas where you felt you could’ve had the edge on them. Again, it’s one of those situations that you have to live with. You try and work around it. We tried to do our best. We were just a little over a minute from creating a Game 7 with that situation. Again, there’s a lot of things that come into play when it comes down to ‘could we have been better and had a better result?’ Possibly. Sometimes, you need a little break here and there and we didn’t get it at the end, but it wasn’t from not trying. As a coach, not trying to get the right results. It wasn’t from players not trying to get the right results. At the end of the day we did get a little thin. Bergie [Patrice Bergeron], what can you say when you hear what he played through? What more could you ask that guy to do? Then, Gregory Campbell. We saw what he represents, but he’s not in our lineup. You do get thin pretty quick, but we had some depth and that’s where the Peverley’s have played center before. Had we needed to, Tyler Seguin could’ve gone in there. Soderberg is another guy that played wing and played center. We had some depth there and you don’t want to use that as an excuse, but you probably didn’t have the perfect scenario that you were looking for.

On how he envisions the backup goaltender situation unfolding for next season…
Chiarelli: Again, another free agent that you talk about is Anton [Khudobin]. I told him let me figure out Tuukka [Rask] first and we’ll get to you. I’ll tell you that. That’s what I told him. He’s one of many balls in the air right now.

On what he envisions for the team’s core moving forward…
Chiarelli: Well, that’s my mandate. I would expect to ice a team or build a team that would be a perennial contender every year. That doesn’t change. There’s a challenge with the lower cap and I think you’ll see that challenge throughout the league. We’re no different than anyone else, but we feel confident that if we have to move a player or two or not sign somebody, we feel confident with the core we have that we’ll be able to find players or have players in the mix already that can fill that spot.

On when the team learned the severity of Patrice Bergeron’s injuries…
Chiarelli: The next morning because I put my phone in my office and I didn’t get it until the next morning.
Julien: After the game obviously he’s in pain from his ribs and stuff like that, which is an automatic thing. The doctors said let’s send him to the hospital for observation, so he went there after the game. I think he came and spoke to you guys quickly. When I say how non-urgent it was, he spoke to you guys and said, ‘Listen, this is what I have. I know you guys are going to want to know.’ Then, he went back to the backroom and then he got himself ready and then he went to the hospital afterwards. It wasn’t like it was an urgent situation. It was something they wanted to look at, and once he got there, they examined him and found a small puncture in his lung. A small puncture. It was a small one. Again, all that stuff that Peter [Chiarelli] said before, he understood everything that was at stake there and we had our doctors on the spot and everything else. I think they did the right thing and the right job by sending him there. And then he just stayed overnight.

On what Patrice Bergeron had examined when he went to the hospital in Chicago…
Chiarelli: That was the rib cartilage.

On why the team decided to send Bergeron to the hospital in Chicago…
Chiarelli: Well, you’d have to ask Patrice. He pulled it further.  

On players that will undergo surgeries this summer…
Chiarelli: [Nathan] Horton needs surgery. He has a dislocated shoulder, so he’ll need surgery. I haven’t been fully informed by our docs yet because I just finished up one exit meeting and I came right here. I think that might be it.

On what Andrew Ference has meant to the organization over the years...
Julien: I spoke about that, remember, a few days ago. Somebody asked me the same question. There’s no doubt, I think both of us are sitting here knowing that because of that we’re losing not just a good player, but also a leader in the dressing room and everything else. He’s always gone above and beyond with the little things in the dressing room and everything that comes with it. He’s been a good teammate, smart. Like I said, every year in the playoffs he always took the initiative to come up with some of the ideas of the jackets and stuff like that. He’s meant a lot. He’s really respected by his teammates, but at the same time these are the toughest things. I can’t speak for Peter, but I’m going to speak for myself, as a coach, as much as you like players and as much as you respect them, sometimes it’s not about the emotions, it’s more about the business side of it that creates those situations. Knowing Andrew and not having talked to him about that, because Peter did, he’s professional enough and smart enough to understand the situation. Do we lose a good player? Absolutely. But as we always do as an organization, we’re going to go and gain a player that will – and as you saw in the playoffs, there’s some young guys here that have done a good job that can probably step in.
Chiarelli: I’ll say a couple of words about Andrew. I spoke with him and told him that we wouldn’t be re-signing him and we kind of rehashed our history with the Bruins. If you can recall, we brought him in my first year. He’s been part of this, what we’ve built here. The warrior-type of attitude and playing style for his size. As Claude talked about, the leadership. He’s been through seven years, basically, and you can’t say enough about his leadership and what he’s brought to our organization. It was a tough conversation to have.

On the job Claude Julien did this year and has done throughout the years...
Chiarelli: Sure, I’ve told him privately, I’ve said it publicly, about how strong I feel about him and his staff. Specifically, about him and how he handles players. I think you saw a lot of his strengths highlighted this playoff. I really liked the way he matches his centers, he has two centers, I like the adjustments. You might not have seen the adjustments that he makes. I always bug him about it, I’ll say it publicly now, I always talk about the way he can have composure and intensity at the same time. I think that’s a terrific match and he’s able to pull it off. You may not see the intensity, but I see it behind the scenes and the players see it. I think that’s really important, you talk about stability. You can see it in the way he handles himself. I didn’t really want to go into a love fest.
Julien: I was going to say, do you want me to leave the room? [laughs].
Chiarelli: That’s enough. I think he’s one of the top two or three coaches in the league.

On how much sadness he feels that the season is over...
There’s no doubt. I think Peter eluded to that earlier in his comments. It’s been hard to accept when you know you were that close. This is a game where two years ago we had it going our way. This year, a couple of bounces here and there could have had a different ending to all of this. That’s the hard part that sometimes you have a tough time accepting. It’s going to take a while, but as I mentioned the other night, it certainly doesn’t take away the pride that I have in how our team battled throughout these playoffs. Peter said it again, we had a tough season, a half schedule, the last two months with the number of games, lack of practice. We really struggled with some stability and consistency in our game. It didn’t feel great, I guess, getting closer to playoffs. Somehow we were able to find our game at the right time. You’ve got to give those guys a lot of credit for the way they battled. There as disappointed as we are right now and you realize that you get so many chances to accomplish what we tried to accomplish here. I think, knowing our players and what we’ll have here next year, that you’ll have a bunch of guys here that are going to remember how it felt and they’re going to be hungry to get another crack at it.

On if they were not sure if the puncture to Bergeron’s lung was from the rib or a needle...
Chiarelli: Correct. Most likely, it was from the rib because, as I said, if it was punctured from the needle he wouldn’t have been able to play.

On the puncture from the rib coming not from the injury Bergeron suffered in Chicago, but from another injury...
Chiarelli: Correct.

On if there have been decisions made on free agents Wade Redden, Jaromir Jagr, and Jay Pandolfo....
Chiarelli: I told Jaromir that we wouldn’t be signing him. I told Jay that we wouldn’t be signing him. I told Redds that I’m not sure. I’m not sure.

On if they will resign Nathan Horton...
Chiarelli: I’ll leave it at that, what I’ve told you.

On how close to faceoff in Game Six did they know that Patrice Bergeron would play and how much Bergeron had to ‘suck it up’ in between periods...
Julien: Well, I knew after the warmup. He came off after warmup and I think he came off early, or a little earlier than some of the players. And he said, ‘I’m good to go.’ I knew he was ready at that point. We had to make sure that he was able to tolerate the pain. I guess, again, to elaborate a little bit more on what Peter answered you, you saw him in that first period, he was a pretty physical players. That’s where he separated his shoulder as well. That’s probably one of the areas there where maybe he did a little bit more damage to his ribs, for all we know. Again, just to clarify that, I think what Peter said is right, it was from the ribs and he played a physical game right to the end. So that’s when I knew he was ready to go, was after warmup. I didn’t even find out until after the game, that he had separated his shoulder in the first.

On how much they want to get a new deal for Tuukka Rask done so that they have an idea where the rest of the summer will go from there...
Chiarelli: Well, you’d like to get everything done quickly. I don’t know if I’ll have that luxury, but certainly I’ll try just so you have your certainty on your team and cap and all that. He’s obviously had a terrific playoff and we’d like to get him done as soon as we can.

On if there is a good hope that Nathan Horton will return...
Chiarelli: I hope so. I guess I’ll answer the question, I’ve told him that I’d like him to come back. We’ll see how it goes.

On when Patrice Bergeron cracked or broke the rib, if it happened in Game Four...
Chiarelli: It may have been something that they saw afterwards. They weren’t aware of that. It may have happened in the first period. Again, I don’t want to speculate. It might have happened in the first period. We didn’t know about the broken rib before. It probably happened, based on his physical, it probably happened in the first. That might have punctured it later on, after the game. It could have happened, or it could have happened towards the end of the game. We’re not sure.

On how he grades out the acquisition of Jaromir Jagr...
Chiarelli: I thought it was really good. I don’t think Jaromir would say that because, you guys have talked to him, he always felt that he could have given us more. I told him today, I said, ‘Jaromir, what you did to wear D down was very impressive.’ I said, ‘I know you didn’t score, but the plays that you made, the timely plays that you made, I thought were terrific.’ I thought he spread out our power play, which helped our power play. I was real happy with Jaromir. I thought he really helped that cause.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On what he went through in the beginning of the season…
Yeah, it was not your typical year I guess, for everyone. Starting out with the short season, it wasn’t your typical year. But going through some things I haven’t had to deal with before, it was a different experience. I think that it was good for personal growth and to go through it and come out on the other end of it. I think it was good, looking back on it a good learning experience.

On what he suffered coming back to nag him…
Not really. I probably wasn’t quite where I would have liked to have been to start with. So hopefully this summer just get back to full strength, and hopefully there’ll be no set backs that way.

On any new injuries during the playoffs…
No. I was lucky that way, pretty fortunate I guess.

On being one hundred percent after injury…
I felt better as we went on. No real complaints. The surgery, I was fine from that. My shoulder bothered me a little bit at times early on. But like I said, as the playoffs went on it felt better. So now I don't have anything really to complain about.

On getting good sleep on Monday…
No I didn’t get much sleep at all to be honest. I was up just staring at the wall until almost six. I don’t know, I was just wide awake. It’s kind of hard to process everything. There’s a lot going through your head, so there hasn't been much sleep.

On putting it to rest…
I don’t know if it’s really, totally set in quite yet. I don't think it’s going to be something that we’re going to necessarily get over in a couple days, but ultimately you have to get over it and look forward to next year. But even still right now its just difficult to get past, I guess

On staying away from Internet and TV…
I’ve stayed away from everything. No disrespect to them. I just don't want to see any clips of them like lifting the cup and stuff, because it’s just too hard to see.

On being back to his full strength…
I guess if I’m being honest, probably not quite. I never really quite go where I would have liked to have been. I felt like maybe I adjusted a little bit to maybe not being quite where I normally I am or where I would’ve liked to be. But I guess that's something that you have to do. It was the first time that I’ve ben through a major injury of some sort so that was new for me. But hopefully I get a good summer of training and get back to where I’d like to be.

On having enough time this summer to get to where he wants to be…
Yeah, I think so. I hope so. It’s a short window. But for me the last couple years, I haven’t had that much time. Even last year for guys it was a late start to the season, but I didn't get a chance to start really straining again. I didn't have very much time. For me I’m looking forward to, even though it's a short time, I’m looking forward to it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On wanting to give the city something to believe in during the tough year…
Yeah, it’s definitely a tough year for the city with everything we went through between Newtown and here in Boston of course. I think sports just kind of get everyone’s minds off of some bad things and kind of embraces everything around you. And then I think with our run as far as we went, I think it definitely could have helped a lot of people. I guess that’s all you can ask for as an athlete and having an enjoyable time being at the games.

On whether having some time away and some sleep helped with the loss…
After the night that we lost I didn’t exactly know what happened. But after a couple of days you realize how good Chicago was, and they found ways to win, and they certainly did that. For us of course, we’re disappointed and frustrated with the loss, but we should look at some accomplishments and look to improve for a better year.

On whether he’s replaying the final two minutes in his head…
I’ve tried to do it as little as possible. I think after a little bit of disappointment I just kind of accepted it and I’m kind of moved on now at that point. I was very upset obviously, yesterday too, reflecting on it. But at the same time I was just trying to look at what we did as a group, and that we put ourselves in a position to have that chance. We did fall a bit short, but we should be happy as well.

On what has been so special about this group of guys…
I think for us, the more time we spend together the better we become. We’ve definitely had some ups and downs during the regular season. But through the playoffs I believe that we definitely come together and play for each other. I think it goes a long way and it helps us as a group.

On how hard it is to say goodbye to the guys, including some who may not be back…
We’re all in doubt about who is going to be returning next season, that just comes with the territory as players. It’s definitely going to be difficult seeing a different change with the last several years we’ve had pretty much the same group. But hopefully something can work out where we can keep as many as possible.

On enjoying playing with the guys they have now…
It’s great, I think everyone has been enjoying each other’s time. Especially with the shortened season we spent a little bit more time together playing every other day. I think it makes it a lot of fun when guys like each other and play for each other. But if or when new players arrive I think everyone will just adjust to the atmosphere around the room.

On what it was like with the lockout and players association…
It was definitely a different season in terms of off-ice scenarios, for sure. Being part of the player reps for our team was a lot – I was involved in a lot of phone calls, also a lot of phone calls with my teammates and getting their feedback. It was definitely a crazy winter in terms of not playing hockey, and to the last moments of when the lockout ended.

On whether the adversity brought the locker room closer…
I think when you go as far as we did you kind of find that automatically, and I think I was a big part of that.

On whether he’s raised the bar for himself this season…
Individually I wanted to improve, and I know there’s still room for improvement. I think that’s one thing I wanted to do and I hope I accomplished that this year. But to be a consistent player I want to continue that and I want to do that next season and as well as the future.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On wanting to give the city something to believe in during the tough year…
Yeah, it’s definitely a tough year for the city with everything we went through between Newtown and here in Boston of course. I think sports just kind of get everyone’s minds off of some bad things and kind of embraces everything around you. And then I think with our run as far as we went, I think it definitely could have helped a lot of people. I guess that’s all you can ask for as an athlete and having an enjoyable time being at the games.

On whether having some time away and some sleep helped with the loss…
After the night that we lost I didn’t exactly know what happened. But after a couple of days you realize how good Chicago was, and they found ways to win, and they certainly did that. For us of course, we’re disappointed and frustrated with the loss, but we should look at some accomplishments and look to improve for a better year.

On whether he’s replaying the final two minutes in his head…
I’ve tried to do it as little as possible. I think after a little bit of disappointment I just kind of accepted it and I’m kind of moved on now at that point. I was very upset obviously, yesterday too, reflecting on it. But at the same time I was just trying to look at what we did as a group, and that we put ourselves in a position to have that chance. We did fall a bit short, but we should be happy as well.

On what has been so special about this group of guys…
I think for us, the more time we spend together the better we become. We’ve definitely had some ups and downs during the regular season. But through the playoffs I believe that we definitely come together and play for each other. I think it goes a long way and it helps us as a group.

On how hard it is to say goodbye to the guys, including some who may not be back…
We’re all in doubt about who is going to be returning next season, that just comes with the territory as players. It’s definitely going to be difficult seeing a different change with the last several years we’ve had pretty much the same group. But hopefully something can work out where we can keep as many as possible.

On enjoying playing with the guys they have now…
It’s great, I think everyone has been enjoying each other’s time. Especially with the shortened season we spent a little bit more time together playing every other day. I think it makes it a lot of fun when guys like each other and play for each other. But if or when new players arrive I think everyone will just adjust to the atmosphere around the room.

On what it was like with the lockout and players association…
It was definitely a different season in terms of off-ice scenarios, for sure. Being part of the player reps for our team was a lot – I was involved in a lot of phone calls, also a lot of phone calls with my teammates and getting their feedback. It was definitely a crazy winter in terms of not playing hockey, and to the last moments of when the lockout ended.

On whether the adversity brought the locker room closer…
I think when you go as far as we did you kind of find that automatically, and I think I was a big part of that.

On whether he’s raised the bar for himself this season…
Individually I wanted to improve, and I know there’s still room for improvement. I think that’s one thing I wanted to do and I hope I accomplished that this year. But to be a consistent player I want to continue that and I want to do that next season and as well as the future

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On feeling any better about loss…
I mean, you feel uncertain in situations but you try to block it out and play to your potential, that’s all you can do. If you think about it, it makes you hesitant or play the way you don’t want t play and that sometimes happens. But again, like Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], I can’t stop talking about him. How crazy, how much he went through to play game 6, I can’t believe it.

On Bergeron being in the hospital…
I didn’t even hear, I just heard from you guys. It just shows how much he went though and he sacrificed his body.

On a feeling of accomplishment for getting to the Final…
I mean, it doesn’t feel like it for sure, not at all. I mean, at the end we just lost and nobody talks about it. If you look how far we’ve come and what we’ve overcome with all the injuries then you can say it was actually pretty good. But I don’t think anybody thinks about that right now. It’s still about the last two minutes, about the way we gave it up and the way it ended.

On motivation level this offseason…
I’m always motivated. But I think everybody’s going to be hungry again. I mean, especially the way it ended, nobody wants to sit on that for a long time and try to prove everybody wrong again like we love to do in here. I think we’re going to be ready and hungry.

On success the team can have in the future…
A lot. I mean, like I said the cores in place, a couple guys that need to be taken care of. I’m sure the front office is going to take care of it but most of the guys are locked up for a while. Especially the main guys and it’s a good mix between young and old guys. And that’s what you want to have when you want go forward.

On what he learned about Tuukka’s game…
Like everybody always questioned if he was a number one goalie but obviously he answered that question with the way he played. His consistency was really good I think. He saved us a lot of games, he was strong every game, and you can’t ask more from a guy or from a number one goalie. He played unbelievable all the way to the end.

On how closely he is monitoring the offseason…
I mean, I’m going to follow the news obviously but it’s not like I’m going to check every minute. I’m sure once something happens, it gets to me somehow. And then I’m probably going to be happy because most of the guys deserve what they are talking about or what they are going to do.

On following everything on Twitter…
No, I’m not even on Twitter.

On physically being able to handle the short offseason…
I mean, we’ve gone through it two years ago so you would think we know what to do but you never know until you get there. Try to listen to our body, the way it feels, what you have to do and then go to your offseason program trying to get back in shape. So you have to be smart about it and hopefully you’re going to be ready. I’m sure most of the guys are going to be ready to get playing again next year.

On taking time off to recuperate…
Yeah, I’ll take probably two weeks off. I never like to take all of the two weeks off totally because you feel like crap when you start again. So I always want to do something, whether it’s like riding a bike or going for walks. At least move a little bit and then start again.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if the loss in Game 6 has sunk in and what it has been like the last couple days…
Yeah, pretty brutal still. It sucks but we move on and I’m just trying to enjoy the summer now and not focus on hockey anymore.

On Patrice Bergeron back in the hospital and what it was like to have a teammate play through that…
I didn’t really know 100 percent what was wrong with him. I know he was in a lot of pain and stuff but seeing him go out there and trying to battle through it like that with one lung I guess. I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s pretty amazing.

On if he was battling any injuries in the playoffs…
No I was 100 percent. I felt really good. I actually felt better and better as the playoffs went on. I was maybe a little bit surprised by that and really happy that I was able to feel that way.

On if Chicago did the best job at having a net front presence…
No. I don’t think they were screening me that much actually. Maybe one or two shots the whole series that I didn’t see.  But then they did a good job at stopping in front of the net and finding the areas around the net where the puck might go. They bounced on those pucks. Some might say they got the bounces but they were at the right spot at the right time and found the back of the net. They did a really good job of that.

On if he has watched any replays of the end of the game…
No I saw the last goal I think about fifteen times when I was sitting at the country club there but that’s about it. I don’t watch the replays. That doesn’t really matter.

On moving on from this game…
Yeah I mean, obviously, it sucks but there’s nothing we can do about it. We all feel good about ourselves that we left it all out there and there’s no regrets in this room. I guess it’s a little easier just to move on and focus on the summer and next season.

On how he felt after the game ended…
Well, it might have looked calm but I was screaming. [Laughter]

On if the team’s young core can continue to have success…
Yeah, for sure I think the core is there. I think we have done a good job of bringing the younger guys in. They fit in really good. I think we just have to keep doing that and keep our focus on the right things and not letting it slip. So yes I think we have a chance to bring the Cup back soon and keep having success.

On how quickly he would like to have his contract issue resolved…
I am going to go see Peter [Peter Chiarelli] right now. Have it signed by this afternoon. [Laughter]

On how much he would like to be here long term…
That would be an ideal situation I think to play here forever. I hope we can make that happen.

On how much he thinks he proved this year…
I don’t think I have to answer those questions anymore. I played good. Proved everyone again that I was capable of doing it. I mean you look at the numbers. They’re good. If I just analyze my game and by how I felt throughout the year I thought it was a great year.

On if he used the one year contract as a motivation…
Yeah, for sure. You always try to be good but then you are trying to get your average game level as high as you can. That the gap between a good game and a bad game wouldn’t be so big. I think I managed to do that this year and it motivates me for the next year to keep that level and keep getting better.

On how he felt about the larger work load…
I felt really good throughout the season and the playoffs. I mean obviously it was a tough season with the shortened schedule and everything but I felt good. You can always be better. I don’t think you can be really satisfied or just stop thinking that you can’t be better and I can’t really answer how much better I can be but I’m definitely trying to be better.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD KASPARS DAUGAVINS
On the overtime of Game 1…
Well I’m going to think about it until next season starts obviously. You have to try to forget about it and take the best out of it. It was a good chance. I tried to do something good and it didn't work. Obviously experience comes in handy when you get chances like that and I’m still in a learning process ,so now I know what to do next time if I get stuff like that.

On staying in Boston versus more playing time somewhere else…
Well I want to be playing all the time obviously. That’s what my goal is come next year. Show them I can be a trustful guy like in the lineup and that you can use me way more than just throwing me out there to get a rest for somebody, because I know I can play here. I feel confident about it that they’re going to give me a chance, which is pretty good. As long as they put a little trust in me I’ll be fine.

On being replaced with Soderberg…
Well, I would kind of have to a little bit, like you think about it. Obviously you didn't play good enough if you were out of the lineup. I don’t know, nobody talked to me yet so I’m going to find out when I talk to coach today. I thought I could play Game 5. I wanted to play, and it was a little tough to go out and watch again. You kind of worked for, you waited for your moment to play and then bam, you’re out.  So it hurts, but there’s nothing you can do. You just cheer for the guys to win.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON
On if the loss has sunk in…
I haven’t really thought about it. We just got beat. So eventually I’m going to find out sooner or later what’s going on and that’s that.

On his priorities when looking at making his next contract…
I’m not even going to talk about. If you want to talk about it you can call my agent. We just play hockey and that’s all we worry about. Sooner or later, like I said, it’s going to get taken care of and we’ll all find out what it’s going to be. I don’t know either, so I can’t tell you. And that’s it.

On his UFA status…
It is. I mean it is a little different but especially being so close. I can’t predict what’s going to happen and I don’t know. Like I said I’m just going to wait and see, and that’s it.

On if he’ll sign before the final date…
I’m not sure. Like I said, I’ll have to give you my agent’s number. I don’t do any of the deals or the talking.

On how much he would like to remain a Bruin…
I have enjoyed my time here obviously. Two out of three years I’ve been here we’ve been in the Stanley Cup and we’ve won one time and I said a million times, the guys in the room are amazing. It’s been a lot of fun and I really enjoy everyone and every player on the team.

On if his priority is to stay in Boston…
I’ve always said, like I said, I love the guys. The team is great, it’s a fun place to play. Other than that, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I couldn’t tell you throughout the year that was going to happen, I don’t know and we’ll see what happens.

On if he would take a discount in order to stay…
Again, I’m not talking about any of that stuff.

On the uncertainty of his status and his teammates status coming into today’s break-up…
I think not only the day, but the year, not knowing. Especially with what happened to me and not playing. There’s a lot of things that come into play but in the end we were so close to winning and being a part of that – it was a great feeling until we got beat. Again, I had a lot of fun and that’s it.

On if he has any surgeries planned in the offseason…
Yeah, I’m definitely going to need to do something. I’m not sure what…on my shoulder.

On what happened to his shoulder in the playoffs…
It popped out in Game 1 and I wore a brace for the whole rest of the playoffs. It didn’t feel too good but there’s a lot of guys playing through injuries and I was just one of them.

On his approach to the playoffs…
When the playoffs started I just wanted to tell myself to not think too much and really just go out and play because whatever is going to happen is going to happen and I can’t control that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN WADE REDDEN
On feeling any better about loss…
Well, I guess, I was excited to get here when I got the opportunity back in early April. To be part of this group was special to me and was a great run that we had. It was a disappointed finish but I was proud about what the guys did out there.

On the core of the teams future…
I think they’re going to be one of the top teams for a while. They got some great players here, they play with great style. They’re hungry I think. There’s a group of guys here that lead the way that are hungry and compete hard all the time so I think it’s a good sign for them.

On Patrice being in the hospital…
Yeah, well I didn’t even realize he was back there but I know after, just to get in that game and show what he did and do what he did was an inspiration I think to everybody. It just shows the character he has and the will and the amount that he cares. I think him as a leader, there’s a lot of guys who look up to him. And definitely that kind of character and that kind of will spreads through a team. I think he’s a great leader.

On his injuries…
Yeah, in the first series I hurt my shoulder. And then was healthy by the mid second round so right when all the young guys were in there doing a great job. So obviously it would have been great to get back in but those guys you know, did a great job and couldn’t take them out. So you know, it was tough at times to watch. Obviously, I would like to be out there. But I stayed ready and you never know when guys go down so that was kind of my mindset through it all.

On assessing his options going forward…
Well I guess it’s both. I want to play and I want to be on a good team. I mean, I guess we’ll see what options are going to happen for me this summer. But I definitely was fortunate I guess to get the opportunity here. I mean, it’s a great team and a great group. I got the chance to play a little bit but we’ll see. We’ll see. I for sure would love to be back, I had a great experience here. So, like I said, they’re going to be a team that is going to be good for a while and definitely next year is going to another big year for them. So we’ll see what the summer brings.

On the season being a return to normal for him…
Yeah, it was great. I did a lot of things that I wanted to do this year after a few years in the minors. So I was proud to get back and happy with that but you know even to go as far as we did. I mean it was so exciting to think we were that close. I thought for sure we were winning it all and to be a part of that would have been something I’ve tried to do for a long time. But all in all I feel like I’m back where I want to be. I want to keep playing and see what happens.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On being on the losing side after two rings…
It sucks, probably goes without saying but been a tough few days. I’m not sure if it’s even sunk in yet, how bad it is. Probably one of the worst feelings I’ve had, after that game. It stings.

On what they did accomplish…
We had a great season, obviously. There’s 28 other teams that would have done anything to be where we were, but when you get that far, it hurts not to win it. You can almost taste it, and then you don't. With how we were all year, shortened season and all that stuff, to get to where we ended up is an accomplishment. It’s tough to look at it that way when you’re so close.

On the shortened season…
It was a long time in between games. It was a little bit tough to get started for some of us in January after not playing for eight months. This summer will be a lot like the one two years ago. I think we’re back at it in like nine weeks or something ridiculous like that, so not a lot of time to vacation with the family, for me anyways. Have to get back to work. Take a week or so, and then get back to trying to get back in shape for next season.

On what Bergeron played through…
Yeah, I was talking to him this morning and last night. You can’t say enough about him. He’s an inspiration. He’s a man amongst boys, as far as the toughness goes. I think what he played through, I’m not sure how many guys could play through that, so it was pretty impressive. That's for sure.

On how Bergeron is doing…
He seems to be doing ok.

On accomplishing what he wanted t accomplish personally…
I try and be fairly consistent. I think this year was probably no different than the last few. On a personal level I guess it was fine. I think sometimes the minutes were there, sometimes there weren’t. When you look at numbers and stuff, I think for the amount that we played in the shortened season, I think that it was fairly consistent two years past.

On when boxing training starts…
I might have to go now to sweat it out. I’m going to go on vacation next week with the wife. I’m not sure where yet, maybe Dublin. Then when I get back from that, I’ll probably get into it again.

On balancing his training regimen and rest…
It’s tough because you don’t have a lot of time to rest, if you want to be in the same shape you were in, coming in here. But you end up being pretty busy in an eight week summer too, so you have to balance that stuff, make sure mentally you’re fine. It’s more mental than physical. We’re all athlete’s we can all get into good shape in eight weeks. It’s more the mental part. You don't want to drain yourself. So there’s a little bit of a balancing act, yeah.

On having moved on from Monday night…
No, I haven’t moved on. I was just saying, I don't think its really even sunk in yet. I’m still pissed about it, still chocked. I don't know if that will ever go away. It doesn't matter how many days. We were pretty close and we didn't get it, so it sucks.

On the future of the team…
You look at those guys we have, Looch [Milan Lucic], Krech [David Krecji], Marchy [Brad Marchand], they’re all 23 to 26 years old. Even Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] is only 27 or 28, whatever. So I think the core of the team, the young talent they have, I think they’re headed in the right direction. Obviously going to have to get Tuukka [Rask] done, and try and get a couple guys back, but I think this team is very fortunate that they have those guys locked up at that age.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On what the last 48 hours has been like…
I guess a lot of reflecting, what could have been and the opportunity we had, and fortunately I tried to be as big a part of it as I could, but when you’re not playing there’s really not much you can do. That’s a very frustrating feeling, but I’m proud of the way that the guys performed, and I realize that you’ve got to give Chicago a lot of credit. They’re an extremely good team, and they played well, and I guess there’s a lot of lessons that you learn in hockey, and you’re always learning, and two years ago we learned how to win and this year I guess it was our time to learn how to lose unfortunately, and I think as much as it hurts there’s a lot of things you can take out of losing and try to make it a positive thing for us going forward as an organization.

On Patrice Bergeron playing through his injuries…
Well, I mean that’s, for Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], he’s a guy that, he’s the leader of our team. He’s a very dedicated individual, so I’m not surprised that he was willing to do that for the team, and he’s always putting the team first, but as I said a couple of days ago when I was asked the question about myself, that’s playoff hockey. It’d be hard to find a guy 100 percent healthy that’s playing this deep into the season, and that’s why it’s so gratifying to win is because you do sacrifice so much over the two months and the season that unfolds before the playoffs, so it takes everybody and he was a huge part of this room that we had and obviously it’s going to hurt the team when one of your best players is not 100 percent, but the respect that I have for Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and for what he did and put himself through is tremendous.

On whether it starts to set in thinking about teammates that may not be back…
It’s not really our job to analyze the makeup of the team. I hope selfishly and personally and for the team’s sake I hope [Nathan Horton] is back because I’ve played with him for a long time and I know how good of a player he is and good of a person he is, and I’ve become really good friends with him, and we’ve been together for ten-plus years now, so I hope things work out, but that’s up to Nathan and the team to decide whether it’s the right fit, but he’s given a lot to this team in the last three years and this organization and it was a great move for both of us. This organization has offered us a lot too so it was a great move for our careers.

On whether he knew that Bergeron was taken to the hospital Monday night and is there now for observation…
Now, no I didn’t know that. After I was with the team I left and yesterday was just kind of on my own, so that was the first time I heard that. I didn’t know that but obviously if I did know that I would definitely send, I’m sure he’s getting a lot of texts and people are reaching out to him now, but of course. Everybody is a family in here and I would absolutely make sure he’s doing alright.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On his feelings two days after Game 6…
…It was tough but right now some will realize that we were so close too. In any Game 7, you never know…

On if it is too early to appreciate what they accomplished…
I think we had a good year. We had lots of ups and downs. We overcame lots of things. We had a pretty short season but, 48 games in 3 months, … With what happened with the Boston Marathon, they cancelled a couple games. They pushed back. It was just lots of things going on, especially at the end of the season. I think we overcame that.  We came more together as a group in the playoffs.  I think we played pretty good hockey so I think we can be proud of ourselves. Obviously, it sucks we didn’t get it done but that’s sports. That’s how it goes. We didn’t have a lot a couple years ago, a couple months on our side. This year we were a little banged up with our key players so I guess it wasn’t meant to be for us this year.

On if Bergeron in the hospital today makes what he did in Game 6 more impressive…
Yeah it was inspiration for us. He’s a leader. One of the best players on this team. Even though he won’t be 100 percent just having him on the bench in Game 6. It definitely gave us so much energy. [Hard to hear what he said here] He’s a big guy. He’s a warrior. We know he wasn’t fully able to play in Game 6 but he did it. [Hard to hear what he said after]

On if it is tough realizing that some guys will not be back on the team next year…
I don’t really know who’s up and who’s not. I know a couple guys but I don’t know all of them. I hope we are going to have the same team next year. We went to the Finals twice in the last three years with basically the same guys we have here right now. I hope they are going to make it work somehow and they are going to come back, but I’m not looking at it as our last day together. We’re all friends. We all have each other phone numbers so whatever happens we can still talk to each other. We became a family and family never gets separated. No matter where guys go, we’re still family.

On if he was hampered by an injury…
No I was good. I felt pretty good…

On Nathan Horton and if he would love to have him back…
I wish I would love to have him back, but I don’t think this is one I can talk about. It’s his thing. It’s his life. I love the guy. I love him as a player. I have loved playing with him but I don’t really want to talk about it.

On the biggest difference in Lucic’s play from the regular season to the post season…
I think his mindset. He’s got the same hands, same legs the whole season, the whole playoffs. But the mindset is what makes the biggest difference.

On if Lucic was trying to live up to expectations…
He didn’t play during the lockout so it wasn’t easy. Almost all of us played so he kind of just jumped in the middle of a moving train. It was kind of tough but he got going pretty quickly. We had a good start as a line and then maybe it caught up to him a little bit that he wasn’t playing. He was in a little bit of a slump. He stuck with it. He was still a great teammate. Then in the playoffs, he was one of our best players.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On how he’s doing physically…
I mean, I think everyone’s got some bumps and bruises, but I’m not having anything done this off-season. So just looking forward to getting to our off-season to train.

On whether he’s seen the doctor yet…
Yeah I saw doc, I’m alright. Like I said, just working all summer long.

On his training plans this summer, and whether he will return to the same facility…
Yeah I’ve got to call them today, but yeah I’m going back to Toronto…Obviously with the short off-season so I’ve got to make the best of it.

On how long he will stay of skates…
I think I’m going to stay off skates longer than usual this off-season, just because it’s been a long year with a lot of games. I never really have a set plan or something that I do every year with the same time off skates. But this year you know I’m going to stay off until at least some time in August… I say that now, but – (laughs).

On whether he’s hurting now…
Everyone’s banged up and it kind of kicks in a few days after the adrenaline wears down, so yeah you feel stuff. But I guess this is where you kind of rest and regroup and get ready for working out.

On whether he has anything to worry about long-term…
I don’t think so. I think you have little things as your career goes along, and I do as well, but like I said I look forward to a good off – season.

On whether he wants to work on strength training…
Yeah, 100 percent. Getting stronger and I definitely want to work on my conditioning as well. I felt that as the later parts of the year went on and playoffs, I could have probably had even better conditioning, just not get tired or anything like that. I think every year you have something that you’re focusing on. You know, I think for me it’s about putting on more muscle and getting stronger, and trying to fill out my body – that sounded funny, I want to continue hitting puberty (laughs) – but yeah, I’m excited for it.

On whether he learned anything about himself this post-season…
Yeah I mean it’s been a big learning curve and I’ve learned a lot about myself with trying to complete an all-around game, and working on different things besides the obviously of scoring goals, and setting up players and getting points. I thought a lot I have improved on with my game with other areas, with competing with battles, with working in my own zone. So I want to keep going with that stuff and it will definitely give me more confidence in those areas.

On the experience of losing in the finals…
Yeah I mean, obviously this is a first for how it feels. To get so close, and getting that taste of losing it’s definitely motivating, and it helps you get even more ready for next year.

On whether he’s disappointed he couldn’t contribute (goal-wise) in the playoffs…
It’s definitely disappointing, you know I think you can bring up as many excuses as you want - bad bounces, but in the end there were points there that I would have loved to deliver. Whether it hits a post or an un-smart shot. You know, there became a point where I wasn’t focused on shots. Sometimes I would be looking at the game sheet and say ‘I had seven, eight shots tonight it was a good game,’ there was a time when it was ‘I had two shots tonight but I played a much better all-around game,’ And I never really thought about that to myself before these playoffs. So I think that’s one thing I learned as well. But yeah, I think I was disappointed, and will definitely get a lot better as next year approaches and I want to have an incredible off-season.

On all the hype in Boston surrounding his game, and feeling like he has more to prove…
Yeah I think I still have a lot left in me for sure. I think in the end it’s just going to be on me and how much I want it. When you go this far in playoffs and feel that feeling of losing it definitely makes you realize a bit more how hard it is to get there. My first year we went all the way and won, and that was awesome I felt so lucky. And the next year we lost out in the first round. And this year we went that far, and to lose it gives you so much more motivation. You just feel that drive inside of you.

On whether he ever felt like he had to live up to the paycheck…
I think a little bit, I still know this is the last year of my entry-level contract. Again you know, it’s been a big learning curve. I think I put enough pressure as it is on myself to really be thinking about too much other stuff. But I guess it is what it is with how everything works out, and I’ve just got to be ready next year.

On whether he feels like he’s right there, on the brink…
Yeah I mean I was feeling it all playoffs. I thought I was going to get that one goal off my [butt] or something, and just go on and go from there and breakout. It just never happened. Maybe if we just had one more playoff series or round it would have happened. But when that stuff wasn’t working around I just tried to improve in all other areas and aspects, and I thought this last round was probably my best round of the playoffs. Again, I feel like I’ve gained even more experience, and I’m going to keep playing more. I’m looking forward to the off-season.

On whether he has any second thoughts about playing in Europe…
I mean yeah, sometimes you think about it, but in the end I’d still do it again – if there’s another lockout I’ll probably go to Europe again. It was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I had a great time over there, it was an incredible experience and I had a lot of fun.

On whether he felt more worn down because he played there…
A little bit, yeah, and I don’t know if that had to do with just working out harder on conditioning. Last season, there was a lot about strength and flexibility for me, and just a lot of my core. And this season I’m going to do a lot of conditioning, and sticking with my core as well just trying to get stronger.
BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On feeling any better about loss…
Yeah I mean, you have to look past that. You can’t be just sitting on that for too long. It’s one of those things that will be in our memories for a while but at the same time you have to let it go. You have to think positive from that and learn from mistakes or whatever we could do better next time

On replaying the last 2 minutes in his mind…
I mean, it was more about the outcome than the actual plays. You know, you just kind of wish it didn’t happen. But it’s one of those things, like I said, you can’t be rewinding and always trying to think what if or could have, should have. It is what it is, it happened and you have to move on.

On if there was anything bothering him physically…
All I’m going to say, look, we all play though different kind of injuries. Bumps, bruises, strains, and it was nothing that I would be affected by. We all tried to do our best and I don’t think any of guy would put himself in a position that any of the injuries could possibly hurt the team. He would go and still play anyways. I mean, you do it because you love the game, you want to sacrifice, but you are not going to put your team in a position where you might actually lose a game because of that. There’s no excuses. I’m not saying I was 100%, but I’m not going to say, hey, I had injuries that would prevent me from playing. It was what we all experience through the whole playoffs.

On there being surgeries planned…
I hope not. I haven’t done the testing yet but I don’t think it will be needed.

On if it was a groin injury…
Again, I’m not going to go into it. I was not affected by it. Like I said we were all in some ways banged up but that’s what we all do.

On not going in to it to be respectful to Chicago…
I’m not going to use my body as an excuse, that’s number one. I take full responsibility for what happened and you know its something that I don’t regret. I gave my all, I give effort every game I play and I competed as hard as I could. You know, I gave it all and sometimes you’re still going to come up short. That’s what it is.

On how hard it is saying bye to guys for summer or forever…
Well you always hope you’re going to see guys back. You grow strong friendships, you know, you battle through so many different battles together. You know, those friendships are for life and even if it doesn’t happen, you’re still friends. You might be on different teams but you always hope you’re going to have guys coming back and be the same team. But obviously not the perfect scenario for management or just the way it is with the new construction of salary caps and all that. 

On the team needing improvements…
Well you can always say hey, there’s always a chance or room to improve. But that’s something that has to be done or a decision that has to be done by management and whatever they decided through the drafts or free agency, you just go with it. It’s up to them, it’s their job to try and improve the team as much and as best they can.

On playing in the regular season with his injury…
No, I would play, I would play. Of course, yes.

On a short offseason…
I mean, it’s going to be short. It’s probably going to be an even shorter and quicker summer than two years ago. Especially with the coming up Olympics, the camps are pushed a little bit forward so you have to be really smart with how you manage the training and the rest. Just be kind of, almost in a way, very conservative about the training. You want to be ready, you want to be in the right state of mind and shape but at the same time you don’t want to jump in to it and be too excited all of a sudden for training. You just have to be smart.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On if the loss has sunk in yet…
Just still in shock, what happened. I mean, it’s unexplainable.

On if he had been through a similar loss before…
No, it’s probably the worst thing you experience in your career so far.

On if he can take any positives from the postseason…
Well we made it to the Finals, but fell short. It’ll stick with us and hopefully drive us to be better.

On going home for the summer and not seeing his teammates…
Absolutely. You’ve been with them for a while and you see theme everyday you come to the rink and you have that routine. But now we just have to rest the body, get your bumps and bruises healed and start training and get back at it.

On if he takes a break before starting training again…
I’ll probably take maybe a week off or so. A week or two, whatever I feel like.

On Andrew Ference’s status…
No, I haven’t talked to him. I haven’t seen him yet, I’ll probably see him today. I’ve played with him, he’s been my partner I think for every playoff run that we’ve had. It’s going to be different, I guess. There’s going to be guys that have to try to step up and fill what he’s been doing the last couple years. He’s a great guy and I wish him the best because he’s been part of this team and you’ll never forget a guy like that.

On if trades and the salary cap are just another part of the game…
It’s just part of the business. It is what it is, it just hockey. People are going to come and go, you’re not going to have the exact same team every year. You’re going to have guys coming, guys going, it’s just the reality of what it is.

On how the team has bonded after playing together for so long…
We’ve been together for quite some time, the core of the group has been together for a while, the past four years. So, we’ve done some good things together and it’ll be fun to still be around here.

On the off-ice adversity and challenges this year and if it brought them closer…
We went through a lot throughout this year and we’ve seen each other almost every day and talked to each other throughout everything. We stayed strong together and it was just a good group of guys.

On saying goodbye to teammates Andrew Ference and possibly Nathan Horton…
They’re going to do well wherever they go. If they’re here they’re going to continue to do well. They’re both great guys.

On how many times he’s replayed Monday night’s loss in his head…
Twice. You don’t even know what the heck happened, I haven’t even watched it.

On if the loss keeps him up sometimes…
You’re tired, your body needs the rest. But you just realize that you’re so close but you cant do anything about it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On the season this year…
It was a funny year. It was kind of a roller coaster of ups and downs and highs and lows, and that’s kind of the way it wrapped up too.

On if the loss is still painful…
Time always heals things, but it’s still a tough pill to swallow. We were close and just didn’t get it done. You look back, and I’m sure in time you’ll look back at the good things we did but for right now, that’s kind of tough.

On if he replays the loss in his mind…
I probably don’t replay it as much as the younger guys, but I have. Especially when you’re at home Monday night. You’re looking back at what happened and maybe what could have changed, and what you could have done differently. But, time will heal things and we’ve got a good group here and that’s the one thing that puts a smile on your face – how many guys are coming back and how many good people we have in this locker room.

On Andrew Ference’s status…
That’s never easy. We’ve become a very close group here. In professional sports, it’s a rare thing to have the same group back and I think Peter [Chiarelli] has done a great job of keeping as many guys back as he can. Whoever doesn’t come back I know will do great wherever they go because they’re great people. We’re very fortunate to have great people in this locker room and that’s the reason we’ve had success.

On if he was aware of Patrice Bergeron’s status…
I didn’t know that. I hope he’s okay.

On if he will reach out to Bergeron…
For sure I will. You guys [the media] tell us information we don’t know. So we’re lying to you guys when we say we don’t know what’s going on. Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], well you guys know, I’m not going to go on about what a great guy Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] is because you guys already know that. And I hope he’s okay.

On if his leg had healed by the playoffs…
By the end I felt really good. I felt my skating had gotten back to where it was before and injuries are always tough, they’re part of the game, but it never makes it easier. You play with a brace and things like that that limit you but by then end I felt much, much better.

On his postseason offensive production…
You want to score and you want to contribute offensively. Maybe the postseason numbers, or even the regular season numbers, weren’t where I’d want them to be but the team was doing well and that was the main thing. That’s what made things a lot easier, when you’re not scoring and the team’s still winning you can go home and sleep at night. We were two wins away from winning another Stanley Cup and I thought things went well.

On the younger guys and how that will impact the future of the team…
That’s what makes Monday’s loss a little easier – is because of how bright this team’s future looks. We’ve got a great group here and a lot of young, experienced guys. Like you said even the young guys that got an opportunity really seized it and played extremely well. The future looks great.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On where he stands with the team…
Well obviously all of us meet with Peter [Chiarelli] today and with Claude [Julien] as well, and it’s usually about the same meeting every year – how our season went and all that. With the current cap Peter [Chiarelli] isn’t going to be able to keep me. So you know, he’s got to resign Tuukka [Rask], and obviously do his side of the business. Also unfortunately with the new CBA he’s restricted. He said ‘wish it wasn’t so,’ but that’s the way it is.

On how difficult it is to leave this team…
Well I mean, even looking through the stuff in New York - we’re lucky we got the cap to where he did, he’s have even more of a nightmare on his hands with trying to keep this team together. Obviously throughout the year you prepare yourself I guess for not being here. You hope that things can work out, but I think myself and my family are quite prepared for it. Doesn’t make it any easier. I think obviously with the team that we’ve had the last few years, I mean I’ve been around the sport long enough to know that six straight years of playoffs and to do it with a bunch of guys that get along with a coach that we’ve been able to work with for as long as we have – it’s been an absolute blessing. So the hockey side of it is about as good as you can get anywhere in the entire league over the last few years. When you pile on the fact that we’ve been able to live in this city, and we have no greater friends in the world than the ones that we made here. So obviously to have that over the past few years is priceless, and that’s obviously a big reason why I wanted to stay. Obviously our friends outside of hockey, and the schools that our kids go to are second-to-none – that’s just as tough if not tougher to leave than the hockey side of it. So it’s not easy, but that’s life. At the end of the day, if I’m playing it’s tough to complain. I dreamed to playing in the NHL and I’m so fortunate to do that no matter where you are.

On whether the adversity they faced brought the team closer this year…
This year was crazy. Obviously with the lockout it’s not easy coming back to the locker room, and the relationship between management, coaches and players can be really fractured after a time like that, especially in this market. I think that this group did a tremendous job of getting past that and getting beyond that. I think it helped that we had a presence in the negotiations explaining why things were the way they were and how they were operating. So I think that the first obstacle of getting over that was handled well by the team. The group of us, all of us here, so what happened in Newtown and visited them to meet with those people and see their recovery. And then stuff with the marathon, I mean it was a tough year. But I think the guys handled it as best they could, and we gained a perspective of what our role was in this city, and also some perspective on what’s important in life in the bigger picture. We’re playing a sport - I think everybody feels fortunate to be doing that - and you see what some of the other people are going through. I think it was easier for us to turn the pages on the trying times, and a lot easier to dig deeper I think when we need to dig deeper for an extra little push.

On whether he will keep playing somewhere else next year…
Oh no, I’ll be playing for sure. So the good thing I guess is I obviously had a lot of time to prepare for the chance that I might not be re-signing… Like I said, it’s tough to complain I’m playing hockey for a living it’s a dream come true.

On how long he thinks the playoff run can continue…
I’ve got to say, one of the most underrated things is the fact that this team has made the playoffs several years in a row. It’s very, very difficult to do. Whether it’s through adversity, or injuries or hot streaks or cold streaks, but for that length of time I think the guys are very, very proud of that. Once you get to the playoffs the results are obviously going to be varied, sometimes dramatically. But the fact to get there is a really good accomplishment. And it really solidified this team.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAY PANDOLFO
On what could prevent him from continuing to play…
Age. If you are going to try to continue to play, it’s a mental commitment more than just physical. Right now, that’s why I haven’t 100 percent made a decision. That’s why I’m more leaning more towards retiring.

On the short off season and how that affects his decision…
Yeah, there’s not a whole lot of time to get ready. That’s just the direction I am currently.

On if he would like to stay in the game…
I think so definitely. You do this for so long. You do it your whole life. I enjoy being part of the game and I definitely don’t want to get too far away from it. We will kind of take my time and see kind of what things are out there and available.

On if he has thought about retirement…
I have definitely thought about it no question. I think that’s probably the direction I’m leaning. I haven’t 100 percent made that decision yet. To be able to finish here is pretty special for me. I’m not sure I’d really want to go play somewhere else at this point. I’m definitely probably leaning towards retiring.

On being from the Boston area and how much that means…
That meant a lot. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to get a chance to play for the Bruins. To have that happen was pretty special. I thought we were going to win here and it would have made it even more special but hey that’s what happens. But to finish here, it meant a lot to me.

On how many times he has replayed the last two minutes in his head…
It’s tough to watch. Things happen. It’s amazing to win the Stanley Cup you need certain types of breaks and bounces. This year, Chicago ended up getting them. That’s how close it is.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER NIKLAS SVEDBERG
On his adjustments this year…
Just to get use to things, to play over here, to adjust to the game over here. It’s been a good year, a long season and hopefully it’ll help me next year.

On being around the team during their playoff run…
Well I think it’s good for next year, just to see how everything works up here and get to know the guys and everything. So, it’ll be good for next year.

On if he’ll monitor Anton Khudobin’s offseason status…
Well, it’s nothing I can control really. So I’ll just try to have a good summer and see. Get ready for camp and take it from there.

On what he needs to work on before development camp…
Get a little bit stronger, work on my physical part, just stuff like that. It’ll be a short summer, so just try to focus on my strength.

On if he was surprised by his success in Providence this year…
I mean, it was a good year for sure. I didn’t know what to expect really. At the same time, I played a lot of years in the Swedish pro league, so I knew I could play at a good pro level. And I think the leagues are pretty similar- the Swedish league and the AHL. So, it was a fun year for sure.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On keeping this team together in the future…
Obviously we’ve shown that we’re still a championship caliber team, and we’re a team that plays with a lot of pride, and we can win. Obviously that’s something that management is going to have to look at in the next week, because with the lockout extending everything it’s already – What is it June 26th today? It’s definitely been a long, long year. But I think there’s a lot more from this hockey club, and I think every guy in here would say they’d like to see the same team here next year.

On personally having a successful playoffs this year…
Well just it felt like you had something to prove, especially with what happened in the season and all that type of stuff. You just try to get your game back, and try to have fun with it again. I saw it as an opportunity to get my game back to where I wanted it to be, and show that I am still able to be a big game big type of player. Thankfully I was able to peak and play my best at the right time, and hopefully I can carry that into next year.

On how he will look back on the season…
Probably as a season, as short as it was, I think I probably learned the most. Just because like you said, with the highs and lows I learned the most out of myself and all the different types of situations you can be in as a player. I think it helps you mature as a person and mature as a player. And you kind of learn that you can never let the highs get too high and the lows get too low. You’ve got to find a way to create that consistency in your game – and it definitely wasn’t there this year for myself other than the playoffs. I think that’s the main focus going into next year is to find that consistency and to play at a high level for a full season and into the playoffs. I’m just looking forward to having a good summer, and coming back and being hungry to win next year.

On whether he is trying to validate a big contract deal…
I think once I stop thinking about it is when I started playing well this year. I stopped worrying about living up to the expectation of the paycheck, and my game started being where it wanted to be. Obviously when you make as much as you do it’s always going to weigh on you. But I think for myself what I learned the most was once I stopped thinking about that and once I stopped worrying about living up to some unrealistic expectation that I put on myself, and just focused on playing hockey that’s when I was playing at my best.

On whether he was totally healthy…
Just some nagging stuff that I’m definitely going to take care of this summer. Just stuff that’s built up over the year – years. Just some neck stuff from all the hits you take and give. And focus on trying to get yourself as healthy as you can coming into next year with such a short off season.

On how important it is for [Nathan] Horton to return to Boston…
Well like you said, it’s no secret that I have a relationship with him and we’ve become real good friends over the last three years not just on the ice but off the ice as well. I think he showed in these playoffs how important he is to this team as well. He’s a great hockey player and he’s a big part of this team, and we’d love nothing more than to see him back here next year. I’d love nothing more than to have him back on our line next year.

On whether the adversity this season brought the locker room closer together…
I think so. Like you said, just with what we went through as a city with the marathon stuff, and also with what happened in that Toronto series as well. I think it does make the group closer. And getting back to this point, right now it’s an empty feeling with not being able to come out of it with a Cup. But I think if you look at it, it was a lot of fun playing playoff hockey and getting to the Stanley Cup final again. So our group is as tight as it ever was, and like I said that’s the big reason why we want to be back here next year.

On [Patrice] Bergeron being back in the hospital, and how he played in Game 6…
I didn’t know he was back in the hospital, but just his willingness to play in that game and to leave it all out there is really impressive. Playing through what he played through and his will to win. And that’s why he’s basically won every trophy a guy can win, that’s why he’s one of our main leaders in this hockey club. He’s shown how important of a player he is. And it was pretty inspirational to see him suck it up and play Game 6, and I think that’s why we had such a great start. Hopefully he can get some much-needed rest here and heal up his injury 100 percent too, so he’s ready to go next year.

On whether the team needs any additions next year…
I think we showed that with this group we can do it with the guys that we have. I think what we needed was just to find the consistency throughout the lineup to push hard with all 20 guys all year and through the playoffs, and that’s when we’re most successful. I think if you look at it at the end of the day, the team and the team system is what helps you win. You don’t win by just one or two individuals, you win with a whole team.

On whether the Bruins have elevated hockey in this city and proven they could compete at a championship level every year.
Yeah it’s definitely a lot different than it was, you know, talking back in 2008 in this interview. But I think we’ve shown that we’re a championship caliber team, you know in winning the Cup two years ago and getting back to the finals again this year. We’ve created a lot of buzz in the city the last couple of years, and being up there with the other teams in the city. Hopefully we can continue that here. And we didn’t win this year so it should make us hungry going into next year, and we have a lot to look forward to going into next season.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On leaving Boston…
It’s been alright I think. I’m not too excited about leaving Boston. I think it kind of sunk in a little bit last night, but I’m kind of excited to go home and see my family as well and kind of get back to that.

On whether he has any specific plans for when he gets home…
I think just workout and skate and do whatever I can to get ready for next year. I think just working out and skating and relaxing.

On how much he learned this year, especially in playoffs…
I think I learned probably more throughout the year playing, and I think in the playoffs as well just watching the games and it’s definitely different from up there. It’s a different game in the playoffs as well, so I think it’s a good experience to be able to go through at such a young age, and I think it’ll help me in the future.

On looking forward to getting back on the ice…
It’s been a while for me, and I’m excited for next year already and I’m looking forward to it and [that is] pretty much it.

On having a good defense…
I think it’s obviously nice to have that and I think we’re obviously a good team and we can continue to be a good team so that’s exciting as well.

On developing friendships with the other young defensemen…
In the last month or whatever I think just skating with some of the guys who haven’t been playing and I get to spend a lot of time with them and develop relationships with them too.

On his experience in Boston and his first year in the NHL…
I think [it was] definitely a long year starting in August and finishing now, but I think it’s a lot of fun. I think just looking back on Junior and World Juniors I think it was the most fun to obviously play here and being in front of the fans and the team, it just makes you excited for the years to come and just every time you can come back here and be with the team, living with them and being in the city, so I think it’s a lot of fun to be here.

On how much time he will take off the ice…
I think I’m skating this afternoon. … I don’t know I think I’ve been working hard in the last month not playing but I think for me I’m ready to start working out and stuff and I think I’m looking forward to that. I think it’s going to be a short summer obviously and I’m just going to try to work as hard as I can and improve as much as I can.

On how his performance was this season compared to his expectations of himself…
I didn’t have any expectations. I think just to come in open-minded and enjoy it and I didn’t really know what to expect, so I  think I had fun and I’m pretty happy with how the season went and I’m already looking forward to next year.

On whether he feels this season took a different physical toll on him than previous season…
I think just with the schedule I think it’s different. In Junior you play on the weekends. It’s just a different schedule, and here you can’t really take much time to let your focus down. You’re playing every other day, and it kind of gets tough. I think obviously you can see with the team it’s tough to play this much longer than a lot of teams do so I think it’s a lot different than what I’m used to.

On what he will do in the offseason…
I think the last couple summers I haven’t had much of summers but I think it’ll be the same this year and two months to work out and skate and try to get better for next year.

On whether he will do less this summer…
A little bit. I think for me I’m just going to do whatever I can to get better and work as hard as I can. I think that’s what I’ve done in the past in the summer and I think I’m going to just try to work even harder this year.

On getting experience in the Stanley Cup Final during his first year in the NHL…
You can pretty much see what it’s like to go to the Stanley Cup and I think we had 14 wins and I think that’s obviously pretty tough to do, so I think it’s an experience that I’ll be able to take with me in the future and I think there’s some people that don’t get the opportunity to play playoffs and things like that so I was happy I got to play some games and be able to go through all of this.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On if the Bruins are in place for long playoff runs…
I mean, you look at a lot of guys on our team are locked in here and they definitely did a great job of making sure were going to have a very good team for a while. And we’re very, very fortunate to be a part of this organization and this team. We definitely have a good group in here.

On if knowing the team will be solid in the future eases the pain of the loss…
Well it’s definitely a little reassuring that we know we could potentially have a good team. I mean, things always happen, trades and everything like that but for the most part the foundation is there. But I don’t think it changes what happened, we had a good opportunity and it slipped through our fingers. That was a tough game to swallow.

On if the team knows how much Tuukka Rask will get in salary next year…
No, but I don’t know. Two and a half? [laughs]

On this year versus last year’s first round exit…
It’s definitely a lot better than losing in the first round, but it’s still disappointing. Whether you lose in the first round or the Finals- you didn’t win. So it’s definitely different in ways where we made it here and had the opportunity but still didn’t win.

On his approach for the short summer…
It’s definitely going to be a little bit different. We finished so late and we start a week early so I mean, were going to have to take a little bit less of a break and try to get back right into things quickly and get prepared for that training camp.

On Patrice Bergeron’s condition…
Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], you can’t say enough about him. He’s a warrior and the fact that he was able to play the whole game, I mean every time I came off the bench I was a little nervous about him and I kind of watched him and I could just see the pain and agony he was in. It was unbelievable to see him play through that and it just gives you that much more respect for him.

On if he has any injuries…
Just my heart.

On what he struggled with in the Finals…
They’re a good team. They were tough to play against and things just didn’t go right. It would have been nice to contribute a little more.

On if he made improvements this regular season…
It was a different year. Missing up until Christmas time and coming back in, it was a different season. But you always want to try to improve in all areas of your game. I thought this year I was a little bit better defensively and tried to focus a little bit more on that, but definitely still areas to improve.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TORY KRUG
On his season as a rookie…
Yeah, it’s been a long year. I started out down in Providence and it was an eye opening experience down there but wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be. I had an injury, then you bounce back form that after Christmas break. You know, it was good, I learned a lot down there and without that experience down there I wouldn’t have been able to have the success that I did in the playoffs so it was good.

On what he has to work on in the summer to prepare for next year…
Well you can always get stronger right? You know, being a smaller guy you got to get stronger and make sure you can battle with the bigger guys so that’s obviously a goal of mine. You know, then I just have to keep learning how to play defense. You know, offensively I feel my games there and I think the management feels the same, the coaching staff feels the same. And then it’s all about making sure you can defend, you have to be responsible and it’s something I have to keep working on.

On his learning experience…
Yeah, it was unbelievable. You know, there’s so many guys in here you can lean on, ask questions to, and just a great group of guys for that experience. There’s a brotherly bond in here and it goes a long way, you know, its something that we can keep building off of and something that I’m excited to be a part of in the future.

On if he has slept…
Yeah, well you always think “what if”, things like that. It’s tough, you know, I’m lost for words for what happened but its over now and you can’t really do anything to chance it so you just have to use it as a learning experience.

On Ference leaving…
Well it’s tough because like I said the bond in here between the guys is amazing. It’s a really close-knit group of guys and everybody loves each other. You know it’s tough to say goodbye to guys especially when you go to battle with them every night. You know, for a lot of these guys, for the past few years they’ve done that and obviously they won a Stanley Cup together so it’s tough to say goodbye for sure.

On thinking about when he retires from the game…
Yeah I don’t even think about that really. I just try to live in the moment, obviously take a step back and understand what’s going on you in the present. For me, it’s just getting ready for the next day.

On there being a young core…
Well it’s tough. You hear about how difficult it is to get to the Stanley Cup final and it’s true, it’s a long road to get there. And I don’t know if anything takes that sting away of not winning and what you set your goal out to be. But for us, we do have a young core group of guys here and we have all the pieces to be successful once again. So you know, it’s definitely exciting looking forward.

On raised his expectations for himself…
 Yeah, I think just to continue to do what I do. Obviously I’m not going to score goals every game so coming in I definitely did set the bar a little bit high. You know, I’m just going to continue to do what the coaching staff asks of me. And you know that’s just moving pucks, being clean in the defensive zone, obviously taking care of my front of the net and being efficient.

On comparing losing the Stanley Cup Final to anything else in his career…
No, nothing else. Simple as that.

On as he continued through the Playoffs, if it became harder to do what he does…
Yeah, you know, the deeper you go in to the Playoffs, there is less space on the ice. Guys are more willing to block shots because they get closer and you can taste the success and you do a little bit more to be a little more successful so it gets harder and harder as it goes on.

On it being hard to get the shots through…
Yeah and you know it’s different for each team that you play. You know, they did a great of blocking shots and obviously they were pretty committed to that and I don’t think they got as much credit as they should have for that. They did a great job.



BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RICH PEVERLEY
On if he has gone back and replayed the loss in his head...
I didn’t watch much that night. But yesterday morning I watched a little bit of the celebration, a couple of the goals. I’m sure guys have said, it’s disappointing. It’s kind of an empty feeling.

On there being a lot of positives to take from the season...
Yeah, definitely. Maybe the Leafs feel lucky that we got through. But I think we played well enough to win that series. We were two wins away from the Stanley Cup. That’s ultimately the goal that you want to have.

On if he felt better about his game as the series went on and how he feels about his season as a whole...
I think we proved that that’s what you’ve got to do to go far in the playoffs, you’ve got to keep improving every series. I thought we did that. For myself, I thought I was getting better and better towards the end of the playoffs. It’s too bad I wasn’t able to be more of a contributor. I felt I was playing pretty good.

On giving the city and fans a lot to believe in, after all it has been through over the past few months...
It was a tough, almost January on, for the whole city. Everybody that visits the city, comes to the city, lives here most importantly. For us to be an outlet for people, to kind of get away, especially after meeting some of the people, the victims. You really come to love the city even more. I know I’m just happy we were able to help out the city in every which way we could.

On if he will monitoring this offseason closely to see who is re-signed and not re-signed...
Well, yeah, you want to be able to stay together as much as possible. We’ve got a good group, been to the finals two out of the last three years, won a Cup. If we’re able to all stay together, that’s great. I’m sure the organization has to do what’s best for them. That will come first. Whatever happens, happens.

On Patrice Bergeron being back in the hospital and if that makes what he did even more impressive...
It’s very hard to not just be in awe of that person. Not only as a hockey player, but as an individual, as a person. I said to him right after the game, it’s very admirable what he did. I didn’t know he’s still in the hospital. That’s unfortunate. I hope he’s OK. You’re concerned for the person, their well-being. This is his career. He has a personal life and he’s got a life after hockey, so hopefully he’s OK.
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