Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Boston Bruins

Bruins News

Break-Up Day Quotes

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS BREAK-UP DAY QUOTES

Monday, April 11, 2016

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if the situation feels any different than it did on Saturday when he seemed upset…
Yeah, I was. Obviously, I play with a lot of emotions, and I can’t really hide them very well sometimes, and no doubt, that was very emotional, still. I’m still very upset about the situation, and yeah, it’s going to be there for a while. Obviously it’s a situation that I hate to be in, and I think we all hate to be in. So, absolutely.

On if he’s more upset about the result or the effort…
Obviously if you don’t have the effort, you won’t have results, and I can’t really tell you that the whole season’s been a disappointment. We’ve shown some positive stretches and things that we’ve done well, and we improved. But when times were up to fold up or respond, we always kind of find ourselves taking steps backwards, and that was one of the things that was disappointing and frustrating.

On why the team fell out of playoff position two years in a row…
Well again, like I said, I think that, you know, you can probably, 14-15 games left in the season we were in a, you know, I think a good enough spot to obviously be in the playoffs, and right before that west coast trip, I think we won three of four games, and then obviously the west coast trip was, you know, not good for us. Losing all games, that hurt us. Just if you look back, just one or two points would make a difference at the end. But again, we had these stretches where we played well and then when we had to kind of maintain that play and effort, we fell backwards, and then, again, it took us a few games to get going and be back at the place where we were, and again, we fell back.

On if he feels like there are big changes coming to the team…
It could be. It’s obviously up to the management and ownership to decide. It’s up on everybody. Like I said before, when you win, everybody’s a part of winning, and we have to approach it the same way – when we lose, everybody’s a part of losing. It’s up on everybody.

On if he would be open to being traded…
I’m not discussing, obviously, my situation. I always try to focus on how I come into the season, or to training camp, and be prepared, and do the maximum of what I can to be ready to play. I’m always ready and prepared for the season in shape, and that’s my job. That’s what I do, and I can honestly say, after last season I felt obviously healthy and strong again and really fit, and I just wish we could still be playing, because obviously I felt really good physically, and it’s just too bad we are out of it.

On if he sees himself playing the next two years…
I obviously want to be part of this team, and I see myself being part of this team. I want to turn this thing around. Especially the last two seasons, like I said, it’s been disappointing. That’s the word that’s being used the most, but yeah, I’m planning to see myself with this team. That’s my goal.

On how troubling the team’s defensive performance was this season…
Yeah, I mean that’s for sure one of those things I was talking about. We were on stretches where we were finding the net really well scoring-wise, and then other stretches we couldn’t score, and then the same was on the other end. We were good defensively at certain games, and then there came a few games where we allowed too many. So everything was kind of up and down, scoring-wise and defending-wise as well. But for sure, that’s something that, if you don’t play defense first, you’re not going to obviously win games. You’ve got to always be wanting to play really tight defensively, and that’s as they say, defense wins championships.

On how much the west coast trip shook the team’s confidence…
Well I think that any time you lose all the games on a trip, it’s not an ideal situation. We knew that that would be a tough trip. We had, obviously, set goals to win games. We had been a really good road trip team throughout the whole season, but on that trip, we just couldn’t get anything going. We fell, obviously, every game and lost points right there. So, for sure, coming back home, that was one thing that we wanted to bounce back.

On if he’s talked to Claude Julien since Saturday’s loss…
No, I haven’t.

On if the players let Claude Julien down if he’s let go…
I think, like I said, we all should feel responsible and accountable for where we’re at. That’s obviously players and coaches, and that’s just the way it is, and obviously we, like I said, it’s never just one person’s fault. I think that Claude is a great coach. He puts a system into place, and he does whatever he can to, obviously, make us ready, and it really comes down to us, and if one individual, or it’s too many, is not willing to do what it takes for a team to win, then that’s one too many.

On if it’s a major project to turn the Bruins around…
Well I think that we are close, but close is not close enough. I mean we’ve seen the last two years, we missed the playoffs by a point, two points, and it’s just, I mean, we’re there, but obviously the commitment has got to be on a higher level. The execution has to be on a higher level, and that’s like I said, every individual has to be better in that area. Like we’re always saying, Game One and Game 82, they shouldn’t be different. So, every game counts. Every point counts.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON…
On it it’s disappointing that they didn’t make the playoffs…
Yeah, of course. I feel the same way that I felt after the game so it’s no different.

On if the West Coast trip shook the team’s confidence…
I mean not getting a point on that trip definitely hurt us. At the same time, you know, the last game in L.A. I thought we didn’t get the result but we had a strong game and a good game. So we were trying to build from that. So I don’t think so, but it definitely, after that, it started to go the wrong way.

On what they’ve lacked the last two years to close the season…
You know, a lot of things, I think we’ve lacked in the finish, you know scoring-wise and also a lot of breakdowns defensively. So I mean it’s tough to really pinpoint one thing. It’s definitely disappointing. We talked about learning from that last year and this year the same thing happened, so it’s tough to be here and be standing here and trying to find the answers because right now we don’t have any.

On speaking during the timeout on Sunday and if he thinks he got his message across to the team…
I mean I think so and hope so and it’s one of those things where you should probably ask them, but I think so. I tried to play hard every night and lead by example as much as possible and talk when it’s time to and hopefully they do get the message.

On if he’s concerned about Claude Julien’s future…
Yeah I hope he’s back for sure. That’s definitely out of my hands and tough for me to answer that question, but at the same time I hope he’s back. I’ve said that a lot of times before and this time it’s on us as players. I know it’s…that’s I guess what happens sometimes in professional sports, that coaches or management get…I guess it goes the wrong way for them and for us. But I really believe it should be on the players.

On if he expects a lot of changes in the locker room this season…
I don’t know, I mean we’ll see. I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the team so yeah, I guess we’ll see.

On if it’s surprising to be where they are given that they were in first place three weeks ago…
Yeah, definitely. I think, you know, the standings were tight all year. It’s been like that from almost the start of the season and we knew if we weren’t battling we weren’t in the playoff position. But yeah, it’s tough to believe.

On what he hopes happens this offseason…
I mean I believe in what we have. I think Donnie [Don Sweeney] is a very smart manager or general manager, and he’s going to figure it out I guess and we’ll see what happens. It’s really out of my hands, but I believe we can be competitive next year for sure.

On if there were ever times when the team expressed anger…
Well I mean it’s just about accountability and having to… It always happens during the season and during the year when you’re trying to, you know… It’s part of sports. It happened before and it’s going to happen again. It’s part of being professional and holding yourself and others accountable and stuff like that happens during the year, but there’s never been any issues with I guess the mood of the room or guys not getting along at all.

On if he felt like there was urgency…
I mean we lacked some urgency for sure by not getting the job done. So that right there is obvious, but yeah.

On if it’s surprising that the commitment level wasn’t there against Ottawa…
Yeah you know I think the Detroit game was the way we had to play and we just kind of had to, you know, a carbon copy for the next game and we didn’t do that, whether it’s because we thought Ottawa was going to give us an easy game or what but…

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI…
On not making the playoffs two years in a row…
I mean it’s frustrating. But you know what we don’t feel sorry for ourselves. It’s our fault and you know we have to live with that feeling for the next four, five months.

On if he prefers to have Claude Julien back next season…
He’s been really important for us. He’s been here a really long time and we’ve done some great things together so you know once you win with someone then you have his back no matter what happens.

On Patrice Bergeron saying how the players let Claude Julien down and if he agrees…
Yeah kind of, I mean we lose as a team and we win as a team and we obviously didn’t show up. I don’t agree with him on the last couple of games, but the last one for sure and you know we failed when it mattered the most. And the result is that we won’t be playing hockey for the next couple of months and the game back we’re going to play it’s going to be four, five months from now. So yeah we obviously didn’t live up to our expectations and we’re here now.

On if he’s talked to Claude Julien since the loss…
No.

On if the players will feel responsible if Claude Julien is let go…
Yeah for sure I mean whatever happens it’s, you know… Coach’s job is to coach us, to give us the game plan and us as the players, our responsibility is to go out there and respect the game plan. You know we did that against Detroit. We didn’t do that against Ottawa. So a hundred percent it would be our fault.

On how his health is…
It’s alright. I mean I knew this question was going to come up, but I’m going to need surgery on my hip. It’s been bothering me for 20 or so games. But we have a good medical staff here and they got me through games, so I still felt like I was in decent shape to play games and there’s been games where I thought I felt pretty good. So I was able to finish the season and I was even ready to play the playoffs, you know, but…

On if it’s related to what was bothering him last year…
Yeah it is. I’m looking at it kind of two ways: one is that yeah it was kind of a nagging injury from last year, I missed almost half the season and this year I felt maybe the best I felt my first 50 games. And then I missed some games from my shoulder injury and after I came back it was never the same and the nagging injury kind of kept coming back and it got to the point where we’ve been talking surgery for a while now so it was frustrating. But at the same time I had this surgery about six years ago on my other leg and never felt better after, you know. [On the right?] Yeah I had surgery on the right. So at the same time I’m actually looking forward to getting it done next week or two and you know be the player that I can be with nothing holding me back.

On if he thinks he’ll be ready for camp…
Yeah if everything goes like it should then I should be back even before the camp.

On if this will knock him out of the World Cup…
Well last time it was about four months recovery and obviously that was six years ago, so the technology has gotten a little bit better. And also the rehab is going to, you know, they have different ways to treat it and do rehab now so I’m hoping it’s going to be a little bit quicker. So we have May, June, July, August… so yeah I’m expecting to be back even for the World Cup.

On if he has a no-trade clause in his contract…
I don’t feel comfortable answering that because I don’t know if my contract… Obviously people know how much money I make but I don’t know if it’s right to say, to answer this question.

On if people asked him to leave Boston…
I really don’t even want to… I love Boston. This is my home. So that’s where I would like to be.

On if he prefers to stay on this team going forward…
Yeah, one hundred percent. I mean I signed here for a reason, not that I want to go somewhere else. So I signed six years and I want to stay here the six years. So obviously there are some things you can’t control but if you ask me if I want to stay or go, I’m going to stay.

On what the biggest disappointment was for him this season…
Maybe the biggest thing was inconsistency. You could see that we played some great hockey games and we come back the next night and it’s a totally different team. So inconsistency was the biggest reason why we failed this year.

On Zdeno Chara saying the commitment level needing to be higher during their last game…
We all knew how important it was, we just didn’t bring it for whatever reason. So obviously it’s tough. We’re not looking for any excuses. We should have been ready. We should’ve won the game but we didn’t. For whatever reason we just didn’t play the same as we did two nights before that.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On when he started feeling sick...
The night before. Spent the night in the bathroom there for 12 hours so…can’t control that.
 
On how he felt being on the ice for warm-ups…
Not very good. I mean I knew I wasn’t going to play so I just went out there and waited until Smitty [Jeremy Smith] came here. But yeah, when you’re sick you’re sick. And trust me if I felt like there was a chance I would’ve helped the team, I would’ve gone out there, but I couldn’t even stand up really.
 
On how it felt mentally to not be able to play…
Well it was terrible obviously, but you know you can’t control it so…it sucks but it’s life and you know when it happens at the worst possible time it just happens and you have to just take it, you know? I mean…

On his illness that kept him out of Saturday’s game…
It’s one of those 24-hour bugs. It just hit at the worst possible time. So, nothing you can do.

On if the Bruins deserved a better record…
Well you know what, we were definitely, we felt, snake-bitten at times. We probably lost some points we could have gotten, but then again, I think at the end of the day you get what you deserve, and the kind of a roller coaster season we had, we got what we deserved, and that’s the end of it. We definitely showed signs of good hockey at times, and we just couldn’t keep that going for a long period of time, because you know if we would have played like we played against Detroit and some other games, the outcome would have been different. But it’s easy to stand here and say that now, but yeah, we definitely got what we deserved.

On if he’s talked to Claude Julien since Saturday’s loss…
No. No, no. I’ve just been resting.

On if he’s seen Claude Julien today…
No, I just got here. I haven’t seen anybody.

On if this was the toughest season of his career…
I don’t know. I mean, last year was tough, too, and then obviously when you’re battling for that playoff spot and games went down, and you’re still on that bubble and kind of fighting for that spot, it’s mentally tiring. But to be honest with you, I felt confident. I think everybody felt confident in here that we were going to do it, and throughout the year, I never felt too tired. I always felt good, and I felt like my game got better personally. But you know, when the season ends like this, obviously, it’s easy to say it was a really tough season. But I think we, as a group, felt good about our team.

On if the team’s defensive struggles led to him facing more high-quality chances…
Maybe, I don’t know. There were obviously some breakdowns, but there have been those in the past years, too. I’m going to look at video, and I’m probably going to look at all the goals that got scored on me and try and determine what went wrong there. But I don’t know. It’s tough to answer that question. Obviously, I haven’t seen all the goals, but the team defense we played at times, and then the team defense we couldn’t keep up, the gap was pretty dramatic, and I guess that’s what hurt us, because we’d let in one or two goals, play great defense, then we were letting in four, five, six goals, and just being sloppy. So I think collectively as a team, that was really a tough, tough thing for us, but we’ll see. I’ll look at the goals and see how many I really could have stopped and stuff like that.

On if there’s an extensive rebuild coming after missing the playoffs two years in a row…
I don’t know. I mean, there were some changes last year, and we showed that we were a good team at times, but I mean, people have been talking about rebuilding the past couple years I guess, and it’s always an ongoing process. But probably the coaches and the GM can answer that better.

On if he would be willing to play for the Bruins if they underwent a rebuild…
Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I’ve loved every minute being here, and I plan to be here many years to come. So I’m in for the long run, and I want to be part of the solution here, and bring this team back to the playoffs and bring the Cup back. So that’s where my head’s at.

On if he has a no-trade clause in his contract…
I don’t know, I think I have something, but I don’t even know, to be honest with you. What the deal is right now, I don’t know.

On if he would be receptive to a trade…
Well if you’re not wanted, then you really don’t have any options, but I doubt that’s going to happen. As I said, I’m here for the long run, and I want to help this team to get back on track, and that’s where my head’s at. But if you wouldn’t be wanted, then what can you do?

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On if he could have returned at some point during the playoffs…
Yeah, I think we were getting close. The whole time we were kind of right behind that healing process, and we pushed it as far as we could, and I was starting to feel really good on the ice the last week or so. It was always the goal to get back playing, and it’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to achieve that.

On wanting to stay on the Bruins but knowing the team will make changes…
Yeah. There are changes every year, regardless of if you win or you don’t. That’s just hockey. I love being a Bruin. We’ll see what happens. I have no idea what’s going to transpire the next little bit, but regardless, like I said, I’d love to stay here, but if that’s not the case, this place has been unbelievable to me and my family. I’ve been able to win a Cup, go to the Finals, win a President’s Trophy, and then not only on-ice experiences, but off-ice experiences, living in one of the best cities in the world and getting to experience that. So, it’s been extremely fun.

On if he’s thought about Claude Julien’s future…
You know, I love Claude, as a coach and a person. Obviously it’s a difficult season for everyone, but as a player, you don’t make those decisions one way or the other. But Claude’s always been great to me, as a player and a person. So, I’ve got nothing but tons of respect for him.

On if Claude Julien deserved better from the players…
I think it’s such a long year, and there’s a lot of ups and downs in the course of the year, and that’s every year. We were one point away from making the postseason. Anything can happen in the playoffs, and it just shows that a game in October is just as meaningful as a game in April, and that was proven this year.

On how close he was to being cleared to play…
It’s tough to say, but I was feeling good, and I was willing to step in if they cleared me and I was able to.

On the Bruins having more ups and downs than a normal NHL team…
Yeah, but you guys watch us every day. You’re not watching Calgary or watching Philly. I’m sure you’d say the same things about those teams. You’re not watching Florida. You’re always a little harder on the teams you watch day-to-day, and I watched day-to-day, so I was right there with you guys. I saw a lot of great things, and things that we could’ve done better, but I think for the most part, the group worked. It was just, some games we let slip away, and ultimately they cost us in the end.

On if he has considered retirement…
Nope.

#04/11/16#
View More