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Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien Postpractice Media Availability on 9/25

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON BRUINS PRACTICE QUOTES


Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESSER AT 12:18PM

On Reilly Smith potentially playing on the penalty kill…

I guess we’ll see. I think we need to have a look at him first and then decide, and again those are what preseason games are – I always say the same thing – are for. You experiment with those kind of things and you evaluate and make those decisions. But I think overall we’ve got a pretty good group of penalty killers, guys that have killed before. But you try to find out as much as you can from every player, especially the new ones.

On if the last preseason games are for final evaluations of players or for fine tuning play…

I think it’s a little bit of both to be honest with you. We’re trying to fine tune our game but at the same time we have to continue to evaluate those last few players that we’re looking at right now and tomorrow’s game will mean a lot. Again I want to be as close as I can to my lineup on Friday but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen; we may have to look at some guys again in order to make that final decision so that could be a possibility too but we’ll try and get as close as we can to it.

On Carl Söderberg and his comfort on the wing…

I don’t think it should be that complicated. As a centerman I know there’s more responsibility of supporting here and there, in the wing it’s basically in your own end you want to take care of what’s along the walls but when the game itself, offensively, in our transition game there’s a lot of interchanging that goes on in the neutral zone so it’s not like he’s stuck on the wall and he can’t go anywhere else. Our centers have, in the past, have adjusted extremely well to playing the wing and you guys know all those guys that have done that so I don’t think it’s going to be any different for Carl [Söderberg].

On if Söderberg has adjusted to the North American ice as opposed to Europe…

From last season, yeah. And he’s getting better all the time, but I think he’s still going to get better as he plays more. I think it’s just a natural, I guess evolution of playing more and more in this league.

On seeing more from the Söderberg, Kelly, Smith line and the potential of swapping players in and out of that line…

Yeah I think we could swap guys in. We could leave them like that and see how much more we can get out of them. I think it’s a matter of balancing that stuff. We really have to make sure that we give the other guys a good look too to be able to make that decision.

On Niklas Svedberg and observations of his game…

Well to be honest with you I don’t put too much value in those practices. I said it before, there’s guys that get lit up in practice but you can’t get a puck by them in the game and vice-versa. So to me it’s evaluating guys in game situations; as long as he has good work ethic in practice and has a good attitude I’m good with that but at the end of the day, it’s what you do in game situations. So this is the opportunity, we’re going to have to see him tomorrow.

On the difficulties of getting game experience for goaltenders in comparison to other players…

Well probably a little bit more this year because we were talking about four guys here. Malcolm [Subban] had played really well in Montreal and he’s a first round pick and you wanted to see where he’s at, so we felt that they all deserved at least a game. And talking to Tuukka [Rask] he was good with just a few full games, it was a long year last year and he feels pretty good in nets and he had that first part of the Baltimore game as well. So I think overall we were able to make it work and it might be tougher for them but it doesn’t make it any easier on us either having to evaluate them that quickly.

On Svedberg getting a full game…

He’s getting a full game tomorrow. So they’ll all have gotten their full game. And that means that we still have to look at him closely and decide which one of the two we’re going to start with anyways.

On if Torey Krug still needs to learn the system…

I think in his case, I don’t think the system is an issue. They play a very similar one in Providence. It’s more about him adapting to, I guess, the speed. A little quicker, guys are a little stronger, they're more mature so it’s adapting. And every game that he plays we’re still sitting down with him and showing him some clips and we’re working with him just like we do with the other guys. He’s no different and when you’ve got a guy with a little less experience you spend a little more time with him. He’s been there, Dougie’s [Hamilton] been there, Bart’s [Matt Bartkowski] been there. I think they all have some stuff to learn still but it doesn’t mean they're not good enough to play here.

On the pros that he has seen in Dougie Hamilton’s game…

Well there’s a lot of things when you talk about Dougie [Hamilton] that comes in to play. Part of it was where he came from. He came from having a long year, playing a ton on his team, playing with the world junior team, and I think in the fall before training camp he had something else so he played a lot of hockey. And he came to us and I thought he was really good and I would suspect fatigue caught up to him in the latter half of the season and he’s a young player. So this year he’s coming in a little more fresh than he was last year and right now it’s about giving him some games and finding that confidence he had when he first came here. So that’s what we’re trying to do with him and you’re going to see him in the next couple games.

On the Carl Söderberg, Chris Kelly, Reilly Smith line…

What I was trying to say here was probably the fact that there are other guys, the [Jordan] Carons could fit on that line, the [Matt] Frasers could fit on that line. There’s other guys – [Nick] Johnson who’s had a pretty good camp so those are the guys I'm talking about in order to assess their play and that’s where we’re at right now. We were looking at players and some of those players also can be thirteenth forwards, could play on the fourth line or could play in areas where there’s injuries. So you’ve got to make sure – we’re obviously going to have an extra forward with us this year like we do every year. So you’ve got to be able to know that those guys can fit in to those kind of lines when needed.

On if he would entertain a fourteenth forward…

That’s actually a great question for Peter [Chiarelli], you're right there off the bat. Because it boils down to money and it boils down to cap, it boils down to a lot of things. So you're always going to hear coaches say it’s a healthy competition to have some extra guys. But at the same time, there’s that other part that you have to respect.

On Matt Lindblad being able to transition comfortably from college to pro…

Well, I don’t know a ton about it but obviously he’s come from a decent program. But I’m impressed with I guess his hockey sense. He’s smart and he’s a calm individual and he is 23 years old, he’s not coming in here as a 19 year old so there’s a maturity level there that’s helped him along the way too. But I think I’ve been impressed on how he reads the play and he’s always seemed to be in the right position. So I’ve said it before, whether he’s here or he’s not, this guy will play in the NHL. He’s too good of a player; he’s too smart of a player not to play in this league so we’re having a close look. Maybe he doesn’t stay but at least we feel comfortable with him maybe being a call up. So this is where we have to look at some of those guys and you know he’s a first year player. At the end of the day you might say, “well he might benefit more from playing some more pro games and playing more often.” But he’s here because I think he belongs here right now and the more we look at him the better idea we’ll have and the more experience he’ll have from that.

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