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FREE AGENCY CONFERENCE CALL
Friday, July 1, 2011

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BENOIT POULIOT
On his initial thoughts on joining the Stanley Cup Champions…
I’ve heard a lot, you know, throughout the year, with playing in Montreal [against] Boston, you know, a big rivalry. They always do well in the playoffs. This year, especially winning the Cup was a huge thing.

On his flexibility and ability to move up and down the lineup…
My first year in Montreal, when I got there, I played on the second line the whole year and it went well, [this] year was a whole different story, by starting on the third line, fourth line, up and down like that. I did the job well on the third line. It’s a little different but at the same time it’s good for my game, you know, it shows that I can do. I can maybe be a top two-line guy or maybe play on the third line, do the same thing there. So I learned a lot from it, playing a little bit everywhere this year, and it helped during my game, with my game.

On if joining a strong Bruins lineup is daunting and if he looks forward to competing to prove himself…
For sure, but the thing is, too, it’s part of why I love Boston. They have three awesome [lines], all four lines can roll pretty easily. All the guys are very good there, so it’s something I’m looking forward to, you know. Sometimes, you know, you go to the third or fourth line anyways, you still play with good players. So it’s going to be awesome, it’s going to be fun, and I just can’t wait to show up at camp and prove to Mr. Julien that I can do the job and have his trust.

On if there are any members of Boston’s roster that he’s looking forward to playing with…
Yeah, I know Patrice [Bergeron] a little bit, we’ve got the same agents and stuff, so I know him a little. I haven’t really talked to him in a couple of years, but it’s going to be -- I’m looking forward to [it] you know, they have so many good players that it’s hard to name a couple, but it’s going to be fun. Every line’s got some good players and I’m just looking forward to that.

On joining the Bruins as a former Canadien…
Not too worried, actually. You know what, it’s part of the game, it’s part of the business, it’s what you have to do. Now I’m on the Boston Bruins and I’m going to enjoy every moment of it and try to help the team out as much as I can, and this is my team now. So I’m not looking to the past, I’m looking in the present, and what’s going to happen later on, when the camp starts. So I’m not too [worried]. Yeah we play Montreal often, which is going to be fun, I’m not going to lie, I’ll love it, but I’m a Bruin now and that’s what it is.

On playing in Boston and if he looks forward to that…
Yeah, the atmosphere’s awesome. When we played, the first round playoffs [was] awesome and all throughout the year. It’s a big rivalry [with] Montreal, but even though I would be on Montreal, just coming to Boston would be fun to play. It’s a big sports city and they’ve been a good team for a few years now and I’m looking forward to joining them.

On what he is looking to improve upon in his game…
Yeah, for the summer-wise, it’s just, I try to gain weight every summer. My thing is to keep my weight up and try to get to camp as big as I can, as in shape as I can, for me it’s a little tougher to gain weight but then, at the same time, when I show up at camp I’ll be ready and yeah, that’s pretty much it.

On improving upon last season’s performance…
I can do more. Obviously, this year was a tough year, not saying that I didn’t really get the chance that I should have, but sometimes, you know, you want to be on the top two lines, you want to be a power player, especially when you’re playing well. And at times, I was playing well and sometimes it’s the coach’s decision and you can’t really do anything about it, you just have to keep playing. It’s just a thing about being consistent every night, being good, playing good, in practice and in games. It’s just a thing about, my game, I mean the game is fine, it’s just being able to compete every night and every time you step on the ice

FREE AGENCY CONFERENCE CALL
Friday, July 1, 2011
BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI
Opening Statement…
We would like to announce the signings of three players, for now, Benoit Pouliot, a left winger from the Montreal Canadiens, Anton Khudobin, he’s our third goalie that we have reacquired from Minnesota, we re-signed him, and Trent Whitfield, the last two for two year deals, Pouliot for one year. Pouliot is a player that was drafted quite high and this would be his third team. We like his skill, we like his size, we think he’d fit in with our team. He’s got a good shot off the wing, he’s still young, we feel he’ll develop, and we were happy to get him at that number. Khudobin we signed to a two-year deal and he’ll be our third goalie next year, and Whitfield brings us depth on a two-year deal. We’re still talking to a couple players, I don’t see anything imminent in the next evening or day but that’s about all I can tell you right now.

On his thoughts about money being thrown around today in the market…
Well it’s something that you know there’s deals that you saw that maybe you look twice at. But I can say that you know, in the course of a number of years going into this free agency period, every team has a deal like that one year or another. It just happened that the cap was at a number, there was enough expiring contracts and there’s enough that had to get the floor, to their respective cap floors that you saw, I think you saw quite a bit of money spent today.

On his thoughts about replacing the Mark Recchi role with a veteran forward…
Well it’s something where I acknowledge that I can’t replace Rex [Mark Recchi]. And if we can’t get a guy down the road that can bring some veteran leadership, I’m fully comfortable with the group that we have. And their growth and their experience in providing that leadership. But there’s no way I’ll be able to replace Rex.

On the similarities between Benoit Pouliot and Daniel Paille
Well that’s a good analogy. Maybe someone who’s underachieved but has a real good skill package and size package and you know he has to be pushed. And you know, I think we have a strong group that can push him and I told Benoit [Pouliot] that. So you know there’s, he’s only, I think he’s 25 [24] and he’s still relatively young. So we hope that he could buy into what we’re selling and again I said I like his size, I like his skating, I like his shot.

On the loss of Michael Ryder today…
Well you know what in the three years we had him, he was really good in the postseason. So that’s going to be an area I hope that the group will, I talked about leadership earlier, the group inheriting some of that responsibility if we don’t bring in someone else. And you know, the timely scoring is something that I’ve liked what I’ve seen with the rest of the group. So you know I talked to Mike, or I texted him, and I wished him well, and I said make sure you light up all of those Eastern Conference teams except us. So he was, you know at the end of the day he provided us with good service when we needed it and you’re right, it’s going to be something that we’re going to have to replace. But I like the growth of our guys, and our forward group and I feel confident that they can effectively replace that.

On the Cup making an appearance in Portland, Maine…
I don’t know what the answer to that is, you know we’re trying to make a lot of accommodations to a lot of people and I’ve seen that calendar with the cup schedule and I don’t know. Id have to talk with a couple of people here and I can’t answer that, sorry.

On if there have been any further discussions with Tomas Kaberle’s agent after he had a taste of free agency today...
Yeah I’ve had a few discussions today with him and that’s where I’ll leave it. But I have had a couple of discussions and again, I’m not ruling out re-signing Tomas [Kaberle].

On if he feels confident that he’ll get a last try at Tomas Kaberle given the fact that he wants to remain a Bruin...
Well one of the things, one of the risks that we’re aware of is, when you get in the open market, as much as you talk about that, about having last crack, sometimes it doesn’t happen and that’s been discussed between myself and Tomas’ agent. So if it doesn’t happen then that’s a risk that I was prepared to take but we’ll see where it goes.

On how interested he is in pursuing some restricted free agents that can potentially available...
I’m not playing that game. I’m not forced to do it. I think it’s an option that we’re all aware of as managers but I’m not playing that game yet at this point.

On where he thinks Pouliot will play…
I think he plays more on the left side, but he has played the right side. He played the right side in junior and he, we’ve see him on both sides. So it gives us some flexibility. Then we’ve got guys that can play both sides, whether its [Rich] Peverley, whether it’s a guy like [Jordan] Caron, he’ll be battling for a spot. Even Marsh [Brad Marchand] can play all three positions. So it gives us some good flexibility.

On if Pouliot could slide up and down the line-up…
Yeah, listen, he’s been a healthy scratch in Montreal. He’s certainly has shown flashes. He’s got to earn a spot, as will everyone else. So you know, he’s anxious to come here and to prove himself. We think he’s got a pretty good package that we can work with.

On Anton Khudobin
Well, we’ve signed him. So he’ll battle, he’s in our mix for goaltenders. He’ll play, if he doesn’t make the big squad he’ll play, you know we signed him to be out third goalie for next year. He’s comfortable with that. It’s a two-way contract. The two-way contract for this year, a one-way contract the following year. So it’s a price we have to pay to have him stay here. And it’s a decision we have to make next year, but we’re comfortable. He’s a good person who wants to be part of this organization. We’re comfortable making that decision with him the following year.

On if he is pleased to have Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron locked in…
Well, you know, obviously pleased. I don’t look back at it that way. I’m happy we signed them at the time and they got, I think they both got quite good money and they deserve it. So markets change and, you know, you make your decisions and hopefully you’re proactive with them. That’s why we’re here today with the roster we have.

On if there was a lot of due diligence before an offer was made to Pouliot…
Well there was due diligence, a lot of due diligence. It’s not as rare as you think. Even this year there were two players, [Matt] D’Agostini and [Tyler] Kennedy that weren’t tendered for fear of an arbitration case. And every year there’s one or two or three of these players. So I don’t know the circumstances behind them not tendering him. He was available. He’s a guy that has showed some promise and that our scouts and myself, I like him as a player. But you know, whenever, you’re right it raises some, not red flags, but it just means you’ve got to do more due diligence and we were happy with the due diligence we did.

On if any desire to have Tomas Kaberle and Michael Ryder return was communicated to them before today…
Well what I told them both is what I told you guys yesterday, that ‘lets see where the market goes and let’s follow up tomorrow’, meaning today. And in my mind I had maybe, whether I was going to make an offer or not, I had a concept of place and in the meantime with Pouliot becoming available and us talking to Pouliot, we felt it was a good alternative in light of where we thought the market was going with Ryds [Michael Ryder]. Ryds got a good deal, so good for him. But that kind of, I didn’t necessarily have an offer to make. I had arranged my mind, if I decided to make an offer and, I just wanted to see how the market unfolded.

On if the Bruins had any interest in Andrew Brunette or Steve Sullivan…
No, we did not have any discussions with them. The reason we went after Pouliot was we thought he’d be a good member, he’s at a good age where we thought we could still work with him and improve him, and we liked what package he brought already. But I didn’t, to answer your question, we didn’t have contact with those agents, with those players.

On what changed and allowed the Bruins to resign Anton Khudobin
We allowed him to talk to other teams and maybe, if he felt the interest wasn’t there that originally was there, or he thought might have been there. He’s always expressed interest in coming back here if he couldn’t get a, you know, a starting, not a starting gig but a one or two spot. And so we gave him that opportunity and he didn’t feel comfortable so we’re happy to have him back.

On what role he is looking for in the players the Bruins are still talking with…
Well, they’re defenseman, that’s who we’re talking to right now. And so, their roles would obviously be defenseman, without giving too much away, I mean, they’re players that would, you know, one is Tomas Kaberle, and there’s a couple others.

On the chemistry Pouliot will have with the Bruins after coming from Montreal…
I think you could maybe name five players, at least, on each team in the Northeast Division that might have been disliked by our players, but on each of those teams, those five players, they’d all probably, I’d say most of them would fit into a team when they come. It’s a different dynamic when they come over and are in your locker room. So you know, the due diligence we did on Benoit is that he’s well-liked, and you know, among other things, that’s what I can tell you. And for that reason, I feel he’ll fit in well with our team.


FREE AGENCY CONFERENCE CALL
Thursday June 30th, 2011
BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI
On if his relationship with Tomas Kaberle has some finality and if he foresees looking elsewhere for someone with his skill set…
First, no there’s certainly no finality to our relationship. What we’ve agreed to, with Tomas [Kaberle] and his agent was that he was looking into the market and we’ve continued to talk with him. So certainly there’s no finality there. If not Tomas, we would look to some names out in the market and we’d also look, and or we’d look to our younger guys too. But let me be perfectly clear, there’s no end to the relationship because we haven’t signed him or haven’t signed him to this point.

On the Stanley Cup hangover and how he plans to tackle it…
Well firstly as to a Stanley Cup hangover, each team experiences it in a different way. So I can’t speak to what Brian did with Anaheim but I can say that the summer is considerably shorter. And in my exit interviews with our players, I told them keep your eye on the calendar, this isn’t a typical summer. So there’s that side to it. We’re prepared to face a challenge from the quote unquote hangover perspective to start the year. And we certainly want to deal with it in our preparation of the players and kind of our themes going into training camp. As far as shaking up the roster, I’m not going to do that, you know we won the Stanley Cup, we do have some good players that are still young. And you know we’ve got things that we’ve talked about, the Kaberle’s, the [Michael] Ryder’s, we have to, the [Mark] Recchi’s, we have to look to replace those guys somehow in some shape or form. So that’s kind of our task at hand.

On updates on the contracts of Michael Ryder, Brad Marchand, and Shane Hnidy…
There’s no, again with Tomas Kaberle we’re doing the same with Michael Ryder is that we certainly haven’t parted ways. I’m wary of the market, where it stands right now and I said look guys go out there and see what’s going on and let’s continue to talk and the risk that we run is that they will get a deal then they can’t come back to us. And I understand that risk. So that’s where those two guys stand. With respect to Hnidy, we’ve told Shane that we aren’t resigning him. I think he’ll be a good addition somewhere else and I told him that. And certainly I’d help him along the way for that. With [Brad] Marchand we’ve qualified him and we haven’t entered into negotiations yet.

On replacing Mark Recchi and his leadership role…
Well what we do feel is that the team has grown as a result of the experiences they’ve had over the past three years and obviously with winning the Cup. So I’m not rushing out to get that person. And that characteristic may be in a forward or a D that we have but I’m also prepared to go without that type of player because I do feel strongly about our group.


On the impact that next year has on decisions going into this period…
It certainly impacts us. That’s a very good question. I’m a little wary of the market, first and foremost. The cap is high and the cap is certainly going to come down in some shape of form. So one, generally speaking, I’m wary of the market, where I think it might be going. Two, and a close two, is that we do have guys we want to resign. And they’re going to command raises so I’m really not in a position to go out and give a guy a big term contract. I think we can find that help elsewhere. Other than those big term contracts and still be in a good position to resign our guys as they come up in the next year or two.

On if he thinks the cap will be rolled back with a new CBA…
I didn’t say that, I just think that the economy will dictate that. At the end of the day, you know the parties will decide where the CBA is. But I can’t see it being where it’s at now. I see the economics and I just can’t see it being where it is now.

On the depth and breadth of the free agent market…
Well I look at my board and I see the number of players and the quality of players. And the numbers may be the same, the quality is you know, there’s just not the high end players. Then of course you’ve got the floor of the cap and teams have to spend. So you’re going to get contracts I think that, maybe that, they’re generally higher in the unrestricted market but I even think they’ll be that added premium because teams have to spend. Then all the other comps follow in line. And that’s why I’m a little cautious going into this market. There’s not the supply that there normally is and it think the demand is greater because of the cap floor and teams have to spend.

On why he thinks the supply is down, and if he thinks teams have locked up their impact players…
I think that that’s a large part of it, and we’ve locked up guys too. And I’m not saying that’s the wrong thing to do but I just see, what I see is, I see generally older players available and I see very few impact or significant players. And so you have to resist sometimes, at least I feel the need to resist, going out and giving these guys, they’ve earned the right to get what they get, but I feel the need to resist to give them the extra term or the extra dollar and that’s what ends up happening. But it’s, and I don’t want to say diluted, because it’s not diluted, there are some good players out there. But I look at it and there’s not a lot of names that jump off the board.

On if a certain class of players getting paid more inflates the rest of the signings…
It does. It does in the, that’s what I talked about earlier, about the trickledown when you have all these unrestricted, comparable contracts out there. It’s hard to negotiate off them when a player asks you in an unrestricted circumstance like, this guy got this, this guy got that. It’s hard to do. And that’s what I have to be cautious of, you know, ultimately there’s no connection in the CBA [Collective Bargaining Agreement], ultimately those unrestricted contracts out there, it trickles down to the unrestricted contracts, they trickle down to the restricted comparable players. And there’s no legal connections, it just happens, though, just because of the perceptions. There’s a, kind of a secondary inflationary boost that happens also.

On if he sees it happening more than usual…
I just think it’s something that we’re more aware of now. And you factor that into your decisions. We went through it a couple of years ago and just be aware that this is heightened. I don’t know if there will be any more, or any less. I think it’s probably about the same.

On if given the inflation would he potentially return Ryder or Kaberle at the rate he would like…
Yeah, I don’t, I don’t know just because I don’t know what elements, I have a sense of what segment they’re in the market, but I’m not entirely certain enough to answer that question. Those are two guys that gave us good service so for the right number I would like to have them back, but I don’t know what that number, I can’t tell you what that number is.

On if he’s had to cross any names off his potential interest list so far…
Well, I have a big whiteboard in my office and I have our interest list and I have our secondary list. And to answer your question, yes, there are names knocked off. Just because they’re on our interest list doesn’t mean we’re going to go off and sign them, but certainly we’re going to explore them. And I’ve crossed off names.

On if there are areas on the team he’s looking to improve…
Well, you know, I want to maintain, at least maintain the elements that Tomas [Kaberle] brings and that Ryder brings and that Rex [Mark Recchi] brings. I want to maintain that, now, can I improve that or maintain it going into the open market, with either of those players, obviously not Rex, but those other two players, or someone else. I think I can, I’m not in a hurry to do it, you know, so I’m not going to be part of that of that first flurry. So those are the areas. With Tomas, obviously, there’s that element of moving the puck and the good pass and skating with the trap, with Ryder there’s scoring, shooting, so those are the areas I’d like to try and maintain.

On if he has expectations that he would get clarification on Savard this summer...
I would think at some point I will. I would say it would be status quo based on the things that I know right now. I would say, in all likelihood it would be status quo but things happen and we make contingency plans too.

On if he wants to have some veteran competition this summer and not necessarily hand over a position to a young player...
I wouldn’t do just on the sake of competition. That would be part of it. I mean, it would have to be the right guy too. But certainly we’re not handing spots to anybody and I think we’ll be able to add some players at some point. I’m not in a hurry to do it. I want to make sure it’s the right player, players. Whether it’s the existing free agents we have or otherwise. But the fact that we have those young guys pushing is a good problem to have.

On if there is a flip side to free agency after winning the Cup...
I would anticipate that there would be. I would anticipate that people recognize that we have a chance to win again and that they want to be here. So you’re right, discount is too strong of a word but I think that there’s a group of players that would be in that mix.

On if there is any way to replace Recchi...
Well for one, I don’t think you can replace Mark Recchi. He’s brought so much to this team. So I’m not going to try to replace Rex [Mark Recchi], you can’t. There will be elements to certain players that can bring or help in that leadership role. But I’m also comfortable going into the year without having replaced that element because I feel that our group is quite strong and our younger guys are starting to take the bull by the horns. I’m comfortable going in, seeing how the leadership unfolds and then if we have to bolster at a later date, I would do that. But I’m not going to rush out and try and fill it. I have to be careful how we add to this chemistry.

On which RFA’s he tendered qualifying offers to and which ones he didn’t…
No I didn’t but let me tell you who I did right now. [Andrew] Bodnarchuk, [Stefan] Chaput, and Marchand, and those three.

NHL ENTRY DRAFT AVAILABILITY
Saturday June 25th, 2011
BOSTON BRUINS ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER JIM BENNING
On second round draft pick Alexander Khokhlachev
We call him KoKo. He’s a skilled, skilled player. Loves to score, for a Russian player, he’s really competitive, he’s strong on the puck, he’s an elusive skater, and from the blueline in on the offensive end, that’s the strength of his game. He loves to score and create scoring chances.

On the skills that make Khokhlachev a good fit…
Yeah, he, like I said, he’s one of those guys that can turn on a dime so he’s hard to track because he’s so elusive, he can turn on a dime. He’s not tall but he’s a thick kid, so he’s strong and, like, he fits our core values of work ethic, character and skill. He measures up in all those things.

On any concerns over ability to sign Khokhlachev …
Nope. We did our homework before the Draft, he played in Windsor last year, he’s going to stay in North America, wants to be an NHL player and he’s going to do everything that he can, in his power to stay over here until he gets to play in the NHL.

On how young Khokhlachev is…
Yeah, his birth date was just like a week away from not even drafted, so we look at that as a plus, so I think, us as a staff, we feel fortunate that he was there when we picked him in the second round.

On if Khokhlachev’s age gives him an extra edge in terms of development…
Yeah. And like we’ve tried to, in the second round, you know, we tried to add to our skill. And I think with KoKo, we’ve done that. He’s a skilled player, competitive, and you know, we’ve had the [Ryan] Spooners and the [Jared] Knights and our other skilled players we’ve taken in the second round.

On how important it was to see Khokhlachev play in North America…
Well, it was real important, it was important for us to get to know him and I don’t know if you guys have met him yet, but he has a smile on his face all the time and he’s a real positive kid, so you know, the Russian factor after we got to know him wasn’t really a factor for us.

On the quick nickname for Khokhlachev…
[Laughs] Yeah, and he’s like, he’s the the type of kid, he’s always happy, excited, he loves playing hockey and I think it was a good fit for him and for us.

On if Benning would describe Khokhlachev ‘s offensive ability as “dynamic”?…
Yeah, he’s, like, he’s elusive, he’s skilled, he loves to score, he’ll go into the hard areas, he’ll pay the price to score goals and to set plays up. So, he plays a North American style of game already.


On an NHL equivalent of Khokhlachev…
Well, he’s thick like a [Montreal center Scott] Gomez, but he’ll, he likes to score, he’s more of a shooter and a scorer. But he’s elusive like that and strong, but that’s kind of a comparison to him, but it’s different that KoKo likes to shoot the puck and to score, I would say, more.

On third round pick’s Anthony Camara’s style of play…
Yeah, he’s a typical Boston Bruin-type player. He’s a good skater, he plays a north-south game, he’ll fight anybody, he’ll take anybody on, he hits on the forecheck, so he, when he was there in the third round, it was a good fit for his style of game to the way we play. So, you know, he’s not big but, well, tall, but he’s thick and he’s a fearless player, kind of like a Shawn Thornton-type for us.

On if Camara offers offensive aspects to the game…
Yeah, yeah because he’s a good skater. You know, he’ll go to the net, he’ll play in the tough areas of the ice. I think his numbers were eight [goals] and nine [assists] this year, but you know for us as a staff, we look to him to score 20 goals next year in the OHL. And I think his skill set is a little underrated. I think he’ll be fine.

On Camara being a 1st round OHL pick…
Yeah, and he played on a real good team this year and kind of played in a third, fourth line roles but going forward he’ll get more ice time. And we see him chipping in offensively, scoring goals.

On how the Bruins first three selections came from the OHL…
That’s just kind of the way it fell today. You know, each guy we targeted for different reasons and you know the way it fell, they fell into our lap like that. So we’re happy, we’re happy to get all three of them.

On the strength of this year’s draft…
Well maybe at the top there’s not maybe the high end skill, maybe, you see in other drafts but I think it was a deep draft to the point where there’s, if you picked from 20 to 50, you were still getting players that you really liked and that were going to be solid contributors in the NHL some day. So I think the depth was good in the draft.

On fourth round pick Brian Ferlin
[Brian] Ferlin is a power forward player. He does the things that we covet. He’s strong along the wall, he’s strong protecting the puck, he takes pucks to the net. He ended up third in the USHL in scoring this year, scoring 73 points, so he had a good year. And he’s going to Cornell next year. So he’s a guy that, we see him as a power forward playing in the NHL someday.

On fifth round pick Robbie O’Gara…
Yeah Robbie O’Gara, we’ve seen him play lots in Milton this year. And he’s another kid, he’s a big boy, 6’3, he’s a good skater, he can handle the puck and make the good first pass. So he’s going to be a guy that keeps developing, you know, growing into his body. And as he gets stronger we see a lot of NHL potential in his game.

On O’Gara winning the ISL Championship with Milton…
Yeah, and we interviewed him and he’s a solid kid. And so it was just one of those things were we like his upside, we like his potential. So there’s some developing to be done there, but we think he’s going to grow into his body and he’ll be an NHL player for us someday.

On sixth round pick Lars Volden
Yeah our European scout, Jukka [Holtari], had seen him lots, as have some of our other scouts. We got good reports from his goalie coach on him. He’s a big boy. So we like to, if we can, draft a goalie every year to add depth in that position in the organization. At that point in the draft, it made sense for us to draft him.

On Volden’s style of play…
You know, he’s the typical butterfly style that you see come out of Finland. He’s big, you know, he covers the net, the upper part of the net in the butterfly and stuff. We’re, you know, we’ll keep monitoring him, it takes goalies a long time to develop. And there’s been a lot of good goalies to come out of Finland so we’re excited to get him out of the sixth round.

On if the Bruins are going to bring him to development camp…
Yeah, I think he’ll be coming over to developments camp, we just drafted him fifteen minutes ago so we’re going to talk to him. But our hopes are that he makes it over to development camp.

On if they expect all of the other prospects to be at development camp…
Yeah, they should all be at development camp.

On if he’s seen first round pick Dougie Hamilton play much in person…
Yeah I’ve seen him lots, well, we were really excited to get him at the 9th pick. You know he’s 6’5 he’s a real good skater, he can handle the puck. He’s got, because of his wingspan and he’s so long that he uses a long stick. And he defends like Adam McQuaid, like to use his sticks to knock pucks down. And you know, any time you can get a six foot five guy with his skill set, we were pretty excited that he was there yesterday at nine.

On when the team had a sense that Hamilton would be available…
Well we didn’t until we’d seen Philadelphia make that pick. And it’s happened in the last couple of years where teams want scoring so they’re stepping up and they’re taking scorers early. Like last year we’d seen with [Cam] Fowler and [Brandon] Gormley kind of slip. And then this year maybe even Hamilton kind of slipped. You know, I don’t think it’s a reflection on the player itself, but more that teams are looking to fill a need, whether its center ice or scoring. And we, we’re just lucky to be in position where he ended up in our lap.

On if there were any talks or temptations to move around on the draft board…
Well Peter [Chiarelli] talked to some teams but I think we were pretty content. We had a pick in every round, except the seventh round, and we were pretty content just to let it fall and end up with the player we ended up picking.

On if the team is pretty pleased to be in the position they’re in…
Yeah we are. We, you know, with our younger players really made a step up this last year. And with the depth we have and the young players coming, you know we feel like we’re in a good position going into July first.

On if the team’s stability will give the young players a good chance to develop…
Yeah, like we’ve, since we’ve taken over that’s what we were trying to get to the point where we could develop our players the right way, you know by letting them play in Providence and develop there. And then when they’re ready, pull them up and they are ready to play in the NHL and I think as an organization, depth-wise we’re at that point now.


BOSTON BRUINS 5TH ROUND (151st overall) 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT PICK ROB O’GARA
On how he recieved the news that he had been selected by the Bruins…
Well I was watching the draft with my dad and I got a text on my phone from my advisor and all it said was ‘great pick’. And so my dad was like wait a minute, what’s going on because we hadn’t refreshed the computer screen yet and we saw that I was picked by the Bruins. And I can’t describe how happy I was.
 
On if he’s had the chance to talk to anyone with the Bruins yet…
Yeah actually, Don Sweeney called about five minutes after the pick and that was pretty cool. I spoke to him for a little bit about the camp and whatnot coming up, so it was all very exciting.
 
On his style of play and what he brings to the table as a defenseman…
I think I’m a defenseman with a good, I’m positionally sound, I know what I have to do defensively and I can help out offensively. I know how to move the puck and I bring that drive to win every game.
 
On his background and developmental route…
I started with the Long Island Royals, Youth-16 team with coach Boris Bykovskiy and he helped me a great deal with my skating, I owe a lot to him. And then last summer I decided to come up to Milton and it’s been a whirlwind since. We had a great time up there, worked hard, and we won the New England Championship, which was unreal. And it’s been a great run and all the hard work that kind of culminated, it’s just amazing.
 
On being a Prep-school champion and the Boston Bruins being Staley Cup Champions, was it meant to be for him…
It kind of sounds like it, but really it’s surreal. It’s incredible.
 
On if there were any teams he followed growing up or players he styled his play after…
I’ve been an Islanders fan since I was born, mostly a result of my dad. I mean, I’ve been watching games since I was five probably and I’ve loved it ever since. I watch it as much as I can. I mean players, I loved watching Chris Pronger when I was smaller, he was a tough guy out there. And you know guys like that are fun to watch and it’s, just, I love the game and it’s great.
 
On being committed to Yale and if he would return to Milton Academy for one more season…
Yup, one more year at Milton then I’ll matriculate to Yale

BOSTON BRUINS FOURTH ROUND (121st overall) DRAFT PICK BRIAN FERLIN
On what he was thinking when the Bruins drafted him…
Absolutely unbelievable, you know, up there, you know, with every selection, it was a thrill to hear my name called, especially by them, obviously, coming off winning the Cup, I don’t think I could be in a better situation.

On being picked higher than anticipated…
That’s, yeah, that was awesome. Obviously, I don’t think I was picked [to be drafted] that high but they saw something in me that they liked and I’m thrilled to be here, thrilled they grabbed me.

On his type of play…
Obviously I’m from down in Florida, which is a little bit of a, not a hockey hotbed, I guess you could say, but, no I think I’m more of a power forward-type player, work hard in the corners and use my body to get the puck and stuff like that. But I think I try to play with a little speed as well, so I’ll see what I can do.

On how he got started in hockey in Florida…
My dad’s actually born and raised in Chicago, so he played growing up, and then he played college baseball down in Jacksonville, which is where I’m from, so it’s where we live now.

On if he was a Chicago Blackhawks fan growing up…
A little bit. I think, obviously, down in Florida I was more of a Tampa Bay Lightening fan, I think, but, you know, I wasn’t, I don’t think I really have a favorite team, but I just grew up watching the Lightning, but, now I’m a Bruins fan [laughs].

On what minor league hockey was like in Florida…
A lot of travel. We usually, it’s kind of set up, the Triple A hockey, it’s more of one team beyond the state-type thing, so I played most of my Triple A hockey down in Fort Myers, which is about a four or five hour drive. So it took a lot of dedication from my family, especially from my dad because he pretty much drove me down there and slept down there my whole life, so it’s not the easiest road but it worked out, so I’m happy about it.

On his father’s hockey experience…
He just played high school up in Chicago. He didn’t play, he wasn’t a pro or anything, but he played baseball in college, a little better baseball player.

On if Ferlin ever considered baseball himself…
I don’t know, he didn’t really push me too much into baseball, just whatever I wanted to do. I played football, basketball, all that stuff growing up as well, but I just kind of, I liked hockey the best and obviously it’s what I wanted to do, so he kind of let me do my own thing.

On if he knows any Bruins personally…
No, not really that familiar with them, but I’ve obviously watched them a bunch throughout the playoffs and stuff, they have a great team, and I’m excited.

On if he’s ever visited Boston…
I’ve been to Boston, I’ve been up there for, to Marlboro, which is right outside I think, for Nationals and things like that growing up, but I went downtown and kind of walked around the city a little, checked it out with my dad and stuff a few times when I went up there, but I’m not too familiar with the city but I’m excited to go up there and check it out.

On his plans for next year…
I’m going to Cornell.

On who he patterns himself after as a player…
I don’t know, my favorite player is [Anaheim center] Ryan Getzlaf, but I don’t know if I’m quite as good as him, maybe someday, that’s what I’m working towards.


BOSTON BRUINS THIRD ROUND (81st overall) DRAFT PICK ANTHONY CAMARA
On what he was thinking when the Bruins drafted him…
I don’t know, there was so much stuff going through my head.
 
On what was going through his head…
Just everything, excitement, family, all that kind of stuff. Being picked by the Stanley Cup Champions.
 
On his impressions of joining the Bruins…
It’s a great honor, being an Original Six team, physical, my kind of play, everything like that.
 
On how Boston’s style of play fits his style of play…
I think it fits in quite well. I’m a hard-nosed, physical kind of player, so it definitely fits in quite well.
 
On how he views his role on the ice…
A role kind of prioritizing the little things, block the shots, get the puck out, take the hits and make a play, drop the gloves, not, kind of, scared of anyone. Something like that.
 
On what prompted his development as a hard-nosed player…
Yeah, I would say probably my sister would beat on me when I was a little kid, [laughs], got me tougher.
 
On NHL players he models himself after…
Well, [Minnesota Wild forward] Cal Clutterbuck, he led the league in bodychecking the past couple of years, shots on net, just a lot of energy, doesn’t take a shift off. He has to work for what he gets. And [Milan] Lucic. All those kind of guys.
 
On his role in a locker room…
Definitely knowing the guys, that they’re safe and all that kind of stuff, and [I’m] easy going to talk to, just have fun with it.
 
On if he knows any Bruins personally…
Kind of, not really know them, but acquaintances, something like that.
 
On if he expected to be drafted by Boston…
I kind of knew, it was just up in the air, really. Everyone was telling me don’t be too sure, stuff like that, my coach was telling me about how Boston always contacted him but I never knew for sure, nothing’s sure until you get your name called, right?
 
On what he needs to improve to join the NHL…
Probably improve my skill level, getting more shots on goal, my skating, obviously, stuff like that.
 
On if he feels underrated as a offensive player due to his physical play…
Oh, for sure, I definitely feel underrated in that kind of sense, but I feel as if I get put in the right position and stuff like that, I could succeed in that kind of offensive role, as well.
 
On his most memorable OHL fights…
Oh, probably a couple. I fought Zack Kassian a couple of times in the playoffs this year, Alex O’Neil, a bunch of guys.
 
On if he imagined being a part of one of the teams in the Stanley Cup Final while watching this year…
Yeah, definitely, contributing to the team and stuff like that, doing all the kind of stuff [necessary] to win the Cup, to win the big prize.

BOSTON BRUINS SECOND ROUND DRAFT PICK (40th overall) ALEXANDER KHOKHLACHEV
On what skills he brings to the ice…
I think I bring a smart game to hockey, a skills guy. I try to win every game.

On what he learned about North American hockey while playing in Windsor…
I learned a lot. It was a great decision to come to Canada and I learned everything. More physical game, more faster, more, I don’t know everything, something. More practice, more games, everything, you go to every game so hard.

On if he expected to be drafted and if it is exciting…
Oh yes, it’s really exciting because Boston is the Stanley Cup Champions. They’re the number one team in the NHL right now so it’s very exciting. But didn’t really know who [would] draft me. So it is Boston and I am really happy with this.

On if getting drafted is a dream come true…
Yeah, my dream maybe is [for someone] to draft me yesterday but it’s okay. Boston drafts me today and I’m really happy with this and this is a big step to play in the NHL.

On if he is excited to go to Boston…
Oh yeah, no, I’ve never been in Boston but I am really excited to [go] to practice with the guys. And I’m really excited. I don’t have many words right now [but] feeling great, yeah really excited.


BOSTON BRUINS ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER DON SWEENEY
On who the Providence Bruins head coach will be…
Bruce Cassidy is the coach.

On his impressions of Cassidy and the qualities that make him the right man for the job…
Well I think Bruce brings a wealth of experience at both the National Hockey League level, the American Hockey League level, as a player, you know, he brings insight, I think that he’s traveled a different course to get back to where he is right now and I think that he’s hungry for the opportunity again and he’s done a really good job of developing players at all different levels, to tell you the truth. He’s worked with the forwards and the defense and you know, in the last couple of years we’ve seen a nice impact that he’s had with our younger players and we feel excited about going forward with him.

On what qualifies Cassidy to work in an organization that is so development-orientated…
I think the lifeline for all of these organizations out here today, you really build around the draft, and when those players come in, the vast, vast majority of those players run through our development team in Providence. And the person in charge of that, we’ve been fortunate, we’ve had people there and Bruce has been a big part of it for the last couple of years. His track record speaks for itself as to where he’s been, the players he’s developed over the course of his coaching career, and, you know, I think that he’s well traveled and the fact that he’s learned and pieced together the different experiences that he’s had and talking with him and going forward, he’s really, really qualified to be doing just as you said, to be directing the charge of our younger players who are so vitally important to our organization.

On if Cassidy’s youth is helping the Bruins…
No, he’s, like I said, he’s gone seamlessly from a player into the coaching ranks and he still has that strong connection, I think, with players, being, you know, in and around the game. His age, I don’t think is a factor one way or the other, to tell you the truth, but I think he does a nice job connecting with players on a bunch of different levels.

On who Cassidy’s assistant will be…
We haven’t done that yet, we’re in the process of interviewing some candidates and allowing all of us as an organization to have some input on who is the type of person that would best compliment, you know what Bruce brings to the table.

On the candidate pool for the job…
We had a significant group of guys, we had a pool of candidates and obviously we thank each and every one of them. We had a lot of people that did throw their name into the ring and some really, really qualified people, to be perfectly honest. But we felt that we had an inside track with Bruce, had great knowledge there and felt very comfortable moving forward

On Cassidy’s style…
I mean, I think anyone can compare different coaching styles. I think both guys have to ability to raise the intensity level and dial it back if they need to. You know, he’ll carve out his own niche in terms of how he wants to approach the intensity of it on the bench, off the bench, in front of players, and we’ll give him that latitude. You know, it will work.

On if Rob Murray is going to remain on as a scout…
Right now, he’s been offered the opportunity to remain with the organization in a couple of different capacities and we’ll tap into the wealth of knowledge that he has with not only our current players but around the league and you know use his experience that way.

On if there are certain players he is curious to see Cassidy work with…
Well I’m curious about all of them to tell you the truth; you know we need them all to continue to develop. I think Bruce has had a more dramatic impact on our back end because that’s the guy’s he worked with. Now he’s going to have the whole bench, a lot of times the forwards fall to the head coach a little bit but he’ll oversee both sides of it. So we’ll find a balance there. But I think just in general you know, being able to communicate with, it doesn’t matter if it’s a skill guy or an energy guy, or whatever the case is. We all have to be able to communicate and get that message across because we need them to play.


NHL ENTRY DRAFT AVAILABILITY
Friday June 24th, 2011

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI
On if he was surprised to get Doug Hamilton…
A little bit. We had him basically in our top five, you know, he, as we might have expected, a couple of players that we had listed below our ninth kind of slid into that group and pushed him down and I think maybe people went off track a little bit and there he was.

On his impressions of Hamilton…
Tremendous skater. Good offensive instincts, good stick, he’s a very smart player on the ice, good range, has a good physical side to his game. And he’s big, and he continues to grow.

On if he thinks Hamilton is ready to join the Bruins roster or needs more development…
I’d say he needs a little more development, yeah. Still, he’s still fairly skinny. He has to be stronger, but you never know. You never know how he’ll have his summer, but my guess is that he’s at least a year away.

On if Hamilton’s athletic family and his academic success were considerations…
Sure. Sure, yeah, his parents were good athletes, I think he might have been the [OHL] Scholastic Player of the Year, smart, very smart individual. And that is reflected on his play, too, on the ice. He processes well, he’s not terrifically creative, but he’s very proficient at moving the puck, finding seams and making plays.

On who Hamilton’s play reminds him of…
Again, without placing a burden on him, he plays a little like Rob Blake. Good skater, good shot, can make plays, handle the puck.

On how Hamilton recently converted from a forward to a defenseman…
Well I think he’s a very smart player so his decision making, from what I’ve seen the last couple of years, it’s always been good. To your point, to make that switch at such a later age, I mean there’s probably some areas of his game that have to be ironed out. But he had a terrific statistical year, terrific playoff, and he’s big, good range. And we’re happy to get him.

On if anyone else was enticing to choose instead of Hamilton…
Not really, no. We had a couple discussions subject to which player was available at the time and that just kind of fizzled out

On the importance of allowing Hamilton to evolve…
Yeah for a defenseman, I think it’s, especially for a big defenseman, you know he’s got to take time to grow into his body. You see that a lot with the bigger defenseman in juniors.

On if they had all the information they needed about Hamilton…
We basically said that we don’t have to bring this fellow in. If he’s there, it’s a no-brainer so we didn’t have to see anything extra on him. That’s how strongly we feel about him.

On how other teams questioned Hamilton’s ability to focus on hockey over academics…
[Islanders GM] Garth [Snow] is a brilliant GM. So, no, no, he’s a smart, plays the game well. Very smart scholastically and he’s smart off the ice. It didn’t play into anything.

On if picking a defenseman in the first round changes the plan for the draft…
Yeah, little bit yeah. We basically said going in that if we had gotten these certain players and he was one of them that we’d kind of go a different way the rest of the way. So yeah, it does.


BOSTON BRUINS FIRST ROUND PICK (NINTH OVERALL) DOUGLAS HAMILTON
On if he was nervous during the draft…
Not really at all, I just kind of lost my nerves after a few picks and started getting really excited, obviously Boston was sitting there at nine and they’re the Stanley Cup Champions and I’m just really excited right now.

On his impressions of Boston…
It was a really nice city. The rink was nice, the fans were crazy, which was good to see. The atmosphere was really good, and I just loved it there and I’m happy to be going back there.

On if he has any history with players on the Bruins…
Tyler Seguin played against my brother growing up, so I know him a little bit, and I’m not sure about any other guys.

On his thoughts on attending camp and playing with Zdeno Chara
That’d be pretty special. I wouldn’t be the bigger D partner, that’s for sure, but I’m just going to work as hard as I can during the summer and hope for that opportunity.

On bragging rights in his family now that he got picked in a draft sooner than his brother…
No, I don’t think so. We’re both excited for each other and he’s signed by San Jose, so I guess he signed before me and we’re just really excited as a family.

On what he brings to the table in his game…
Guys like [Jay] Bouwmeester, [Rob] Blake, Brent Burns, I think I’m a big, complete defenseman and I can skate well, I’m pretty physical and make good passes and contribute offensively as well.

On how Niagara helped his development…
Yeah, it’s been tons of fun. My first year was kind of a learning year and you kind of have to get used to the OHL, last year was just, I had a lot of opportunity to succeed and we had a good team, so I just had a lot of fun and did well, so it’s been a great two years.

On if he discussed being named the OHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year with the Bruins…
I don’t remember but it’s obviously something important to me and I guess they’re not too worried about it, I guess some teams might be and, just, happy.

On how important Mike Van Ryn has been to his development…
Huge. Just a guy that can come out, basically two years out of the NHL and start teaching kids and he knows what it takes to get to the NHL and he’s helped me a lot and kind of told me how I needed to play to kind of make that next step. I think I did well this year with that and I think there’s a lot of parts of my game I need to improve on in order to be an NHL player but I think he’s going to help me with those, too.

On if he had any previous indications that the Bruins were interested in him…
I didn’t visit there to interview but I met them at the Combine and I was, maybe, supposed to go visit them but it didn’t happen. I heard that they liked me and I’m just happy to be a Boston Bruin.

On if he envisioned himself playing for Boston when he was there for Game 3 of the Final…
Yeah, we got to go in the room and meet a bunch of the guys, and talk to Tyler Seguin and guys like that, just got to watch the game and pregame skate and the fans were basically standing the whole time and cheering, so just kind of, that picture is in my head right now and it’s exciting.

On the strength of the OHL…
Yeah, I definitely think the OHL is one of the best leagues and they say that the CHL is the best development league in the world, and I guess they’re doing something right with the coaches and development, so it’s good to see those guys go and I’m excited for all of them.

On his family…
Yeah, both my parents were Olympians, in the ’84 Olympics, and my mom was a basketball player for Canada and my dad was a rower for Canada and won a bronze medal. My brother was drafted by San Jose and signed this year, so obviously I have an athletic family and it’s good to be part of it and pretty good genes, too.

On interviewing with the Islanders and his emotions after watching them make a pick…
Yeah, you kind of, you hear that called and there’s a chance that it’s going to be you, but I wasn’t really sure what was going on, I’m just happy I’m sitting right here with this jersey on.

On what he needs to work on in making the jump from the OHL to the NHL…
Well I’ve grown a lot in the last few years and haven’t really filled into my body yet, I think I’m working hard right now in the gym, I need to work a lot harder and get bigger and that will help with my physical game as well. I think you have to improve everything because the guys in the NHL are a lot better than OHL players.

On if he’s ready to make the change to the NHL…
I have no idea. It just depends what the Bruins want to do and I’ll be happy with whatever.

On if he’s going to cure cancer in two years…
Yeah, I heard that question from the Islanders, actually, and, not a chance. I’m happy to be a Bruins and hopefully we can win the Cup in two years instead of curing cancer.


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Friday June 24th, 2011
BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI
On if there will be more “magic” today than yesterday…
No, nothing, again I don’t think there will be much magic going on. You want me to use that quote again. You know, we’ve got a pretty good pick and there were a few moves yesterday involving roster players. We’re not getting any of that today, I don’t know if there will be much of that today.

On if they have qualified Brad Marchand
We’ve qualified him and we’ll probably get on that.

On if they have arbitration...
No, no arbitration.

If anybody has come after the ninth pick today…
No, no one today.

On if there will be any moves with free agents Tomas Kaberle and Michael Ryder…
Nothing different from yesterday afternoon, no.

On if the Andrei Markov deal with the Montreal Canadiens changes anything…
No. I mean, [Andrei] Markov’s deal was maybe a little bit shorter than people would have expected. But he’s had some injuries so that’s probably why the term is short.

On what he thinks interest in Tomas Kaberle will be like if he reaches the market…
Well, there are three or four defenseman like him. Those defensemen are valuable types of defensemen. They, you know you heard me talk about them, skating [through] traps, passing through traps, all of that type of stuff. I don’t know what value they would be. Historically, they’ve been in and around where Tomas [Kaberle] is now and above. So that would suggest that they’d be above that.

On if a full training camp would benefit Tomas Kaberle…
Yeah, I think if that’s the case, I think he would. You know he played in Toronto for a while, got used to what was going on there. I’m not saying it was good or bad, just different from where we were. We were at a higher level, we simply were. I think it took him some time.

On if there will be changes in the coaching staff…
Yeah I hadn’t thought about it. No I haven’t thought about it. I don’t anticipate any changes in the coaching staff.

On if there will be changes in Providence…
I think we’re planning to announce something tomorrow, aren’t we. I think I said Saturday didn’t I.

On Boston’s former 2nd round pick used to pick up Liles…
Again they use assets to get players, that’s good for them. We’ve done that, teams to do that, players, good players are hard to find. Usually you have to pay a price for them. And they did that.

On if he has been active in trade talks…
No. I have talked to maybe fifteen other GM’s. And I’ve told them that we’re not [changing] anyone off our roster. So, no.

On if the last players traded from Boston will share in any part of the championship…
You know, I don’t know. I’ve got to look into that. I don’t know what the answer to that is. We’ve got a lot of little logistical things; that, names on the cup, who’s got the cup when. We’ve got a lot of stuff going on that frankly, I don’t really feel like dealing with right now but we all have to deal with it.

On Marc Savard  (intelligible)…
No, no sense. Again I haven’t looked into that. I know he’s short on games.

On getting Savard, Shane Hnidy and Steve Kampfer's names on the Cup...
Well, you know, I told Hnides [Hnidy] I’d try, but I said it was going to be hard. And I haven’t looked at the rest of the roster, those would be the three.

On when the Cup will be in Ottawa…
I’m not sure but I can tell you my birthday is August 5th, so. But nothing official.

On what the Bruins goaltending looks like…
Like our goaltending depth? Well, that’s a good question, you know, we’ve got Michael Hutchinson, a former, I think he was a third rounder, who is coming, but you know, we really have to shore up that end of it. We always have a separate goalie list and we integrate it separately, like it’s a list aside from the main list. And we kind of feel who we should pick and we may go to that list a little earlier.

On if the Bruins are going to qualify Matt Dalton...
No. We’re not going to qualify.

On if goaltender Anton Khudobin will be leaving Boston…
I think so, yeah. Donny met with his agent today and he’s a good goalie. You know what, I shouldn’t say that. He’s got an offer from Russia and he may end up in the NHL somewhere as a number two.


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Thursday June 23rd, 2011

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI
On the draft game plan for the Bruins…
I don’t think there will be any magic for us tomorrow. We’re picking nine, I’d say there’s, maybe after three or four, there’s a real good group of another eight, and there’s a good batch of defenseman, there’s a good batch of wingers and there’s a good batch of centermen. So we’re pretty content where we are and we’ll see where it goes. Oftentimes, players that you have ranked below your group go in and really good players drop and go last. 

On a specific type of player Boston is looking for…
Well we haven’t, I’ve still got my playoff cough here, we haven’t drafted a lot of defenseman, elite defenseman, meaning with our top picks. We do have, we’ve kind of replenished that side of things with, through trades, so, I mean, I guess that would be something we’d be looking at. 

On if any other teams have called him about the draft…
Yeah, there’s been a couple calls but, you know, I see, at least in the media, I see more, there’s been more teams, maybe it may just be advertising, looking to move their picks, so I don’t know what that suggests, it seems to be that there’d be more teams looking for players, like ready-made NHL players right now, so, everyone wants to win. 

On if the Bruins have changed their draft strategy after winning the Cup…
Not really. You always want to pick the best player. We obviously, we’ve got some good depth at center, like our current roster, our coming up, you know, from afar, you’d think we want to draft a defenseman. But you have to be thinking, you have to be careful that you don’t bypass a real good player. So we’ll be wary of that but we haven’t changed our strategy at all. 

On if any prospects came to visit Boston…
I’d say four, I think. Four kids. 

On what happens when prospects come to Boston..
Well, the testing that we do, we do a run test which is pretty good, and we do some flexibility stuff, which might be a little different than the Combine testing. So that’s informative for us. You get, by the time they come to us, they’ve interviewed with our group, at the Combine and probably before, so you can really narrow in on a couple of areas, what you think are matters of concern and you know, I spend a half an hour, an hour with them, and the rest of the guys do also, but I try to focus it on a couple things and that’s all we talk about because we know about everything else. So it’s helpful and it just gives you a better, more information and a better piece of mind when you pick that player. 

On how the Bruins draft timeline changed as a result of the Stanley Cup Final…
Well, we had our amateur meetings during Games 1 and 2, so you know, you have to change, you’re jamming everything into a shorter period of time. Normally you have a period of time to kind of digest the meetings, to look at your list, really look at it, and see where it might end up and the players where it might be available and you just think about it a little bit more. So we’ve been having to do that in a short period of time, which we’ve been quite productive at, and there’s just been no time to rest. 

On if the Flyers trades surprised him…
You know, I, I know that they acquired [Ilya] Bryzgalov so you knew something was coming, with the cap situation. You sign Bryzgalov and you have to shed some money, so you knew something was coming and it came in a big way.  

On if he expected the Philadelphia trades…
Well, no, but, you know, I respect [Flyers GM] Paul Holmgren as a manager, and when they shake things up they shake things up. 

On if he’s considered how the Flyers now having the eighth draft pick might impact the Bruins…
Actually, I did have a discussion about that. Just how it would impact it and they’ve, certainly they’ve drafted quite well in Philly, so maybe if we thought that we would have had a player drop in our lap, they may take that player, but you know that’s something that I can’t really control right now. 

On if Boston will draft a player that will join their roster next season…
Well, we saw a player last year, Cam Fowler, drop to 11 or 12, and he played [this season for Anaheim], so you never say never about a player being able to play that’s drafted that low. My guess is no, to say no, just my knowledge of the players that I think will be available. There may be one that can play that may drop to us but that’s, you know, that would be a huge bonus and it’s just more about getting the right player and starting to develop him.
 
On taking care of business early this year with many trades happening at the trade deadline…
I didn’t want to get caught up in sort of the flurry of the draft. With Dennis it was just waiting for his wrist be healthy, we had basically a deal on principle we just had to get the sign off from the doctor. With the whole [Nathan] Horton/ [Gregory]Campbell deal, you know what both sides just wanted to get it done. And I didn’t want drag them through the draft because things get muddy and picks start flying around and you lose your deal. So that’s why we tried to get it all done before, and it’s probably why, I don’t know if that’s why Paul [Holmgren] wanted to do it in Philly but I’m sure that had something to do with it. 

On the success those two brought as well as Mark Recchi in the same time frame…
Yeah Rex [Mark Recchi], I think Rechs was first or second day when we got Rex done. And Johnny [Boychuk] was, no I think Johnny was before, yeah. Maybe we had more time to look at it in advance and get it done. But I know with the Horton/Campbell trade it was something we definitely wanted to get done before we even thought about leaving for the draft. 

On any progress or discussion about Tomas Kaberle and Michael Ryder…
I’ve not spoken with Rydes [Michael Ryder] and I had a meeting with Tomas’s agent today. That’s about all I’ll be able to tell you.

On the overall quality of guys in this years draft…
Yeah I think it’s a fairly deep draft. I don’t think it has that, there’s been a lot of discussion in our group but I know it other peoples groups, of their top four and five, seven six and it changes a lot. There’s no definitive number one and that runs deep through the first five or six I think. And you know I’d say it’s a good round and a half as far as guys that you know, you’re excited to get these players, guys that you really feel strong with playing and maybe turning into something. I think it’s you know a good round and a half. 

On any concerns regarding RFA’s in this draft…
You know we’ve been down that road with Kes [Phil Kessel] and it’s a reality now. But it’s of no concern to me, I mean we’re going to do whatever it takes to match our RFA’s and we’ve got the one and I see that as a general comment though. I mean as far as the league wide goes, I don’t know, that there’s been a couple of teams that have filed for ours so that they become RFA’s, so it’s a risk and you have to deal with it.

On any word of players who need to have surgeries done…
I don’t think I mentioned this at my press conference, season ending one. But Tukka [Rask] has to get his Meniscus sculpted, a minor apostrophic procedure. I can’t remember which knee it was so he’ll be, he’ll have that done in five to seven days. And Luc [Milan Lucic] is getting his nose reset and surgery on it. I think that’s it.

On Nathan Horton’s shoulder and Milan Lucic’s toe…
Yeah just and recovery there.

On how far he and his staff has come since 2007…
Yeah you know just, it takes while for these players to play. Generally speaking, so I mean I felt we’ve done well. I think, well obviously, Zach [Zach Hamill] has been a bit of a disappointment I still think he can play in the league. We’ve got some good players, we’ve, even we traded some good players and we drafted. So that’s, you know I count those as good players that we’ve drafted. And we’ve got some good ones coming. I think last year’s draft was really good I think you’ll see some real good players out of that second round. So I’m satisfied. 

NHL AWARDS CEREMONY
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MESSIER AWARD WINNER ZDENO CHARA
On watching the Tour de France…
Yeah, it’s going to be really tough to catch up on that. Obviously, I’m not coming back home until mid-July, and that’s basically almost the end of the Tour, so I’m going to have to sit back and watch it and then prepare for the things I’m going to do with the Stanley Cup.

On his plans with the Stanley Cup…
Well, I think that we all had a chance to share it a little bit with the Boston fans, as a player, as an organization and I think that was great. [Next I will] Go back home and share it with people back home, obviously my family has always been a big part of my success, and always my close friends back home and fans, so I have to figure out what my schedule is going to be like but for sure, I’m going to share it with everybody.

On winning the Mark Messier Leadership Award…
Well, we all know that to be selected by somebody like Mark, it’s a huge honor, I’m so humbled and happy to be selected. It’s, to be a leader on the team, you have to learn to become a true leader. It doesn’t happen overnight, even for myself, we know that coming into Boston my first year has been kind of a rough start because that was my first year as a captain, but I’ve been really lucky to be selected, or surrounded by other players and I learn from veterans in previous years and early in my career, but it just takes time. And I think I’m at the point where I’m really myself and I know that to be a leader, you have to have followers. And that’s what I have in Boston and I’m very thankful to all of my teammates, obviously all the coaching staff and the organization. They believe in me and they know that we as a group, we can get the job done and it’s a privilege and I take it to heart and always try to do my best on and off the ice, and be fair, and be the hardest worker.

On Nicklas Lidstrom’s Norris Trophy win…
Yeah, obviously he deserves it. Nik, he’s such an icon and one of the greatest if not the greatest defenseman to play the game. I always, not very many times it happened I watched games, NHL games, during the season. But when it was Detroit, I watched it just because of him, I look up to him so much, he’s done so much for the game for  hockey, for everything he could have possibly done. You know, it’s the way that he acts and plays the game that makes it so, I want to be like him. Obviously, my style of the game is different, but still, such an inspiration for everybody.

On Tim Thomas’s Vezina Trophy win…
You know what, me, Timmy and I, we have actually similar stories or roads or you know, bumps we had to overcome on those roads. I’m just happy for him, obviously he had an unbelievable year and he won basically almost everything besides [NHL] MVP. We know that without Tim it would be so much harder, or even, maybe not even possible to win the ultimate prize. He’s been working really hard, he’s been very focused since the beginning of the training camp and he’s just continue to getting better and better. He’s so competitive, we all know that, he just wants to win and that’s what you need from a goalie. It’s just amazing and I’m happy for him, everybody is.

VEZINA TROPHY AWARD WINNER, TIM THOMAS
On if this second Vezina Trophy means more…
Well the first time was pretty special because of how far I had come. And it looked like it was an unattainable award. But having said that, I think this one is just as special, just special in a different way, you know after last year. But everything that has happened this year. I think because of all that I have been through you could win this six times and every time would be just as special. 

On if he has a hard time considering himself one of the best goalies to ever play…
Well I haven’t had that much time to think about something like that. And when I do get the time this summer I’m going to try as hard as I can not to think of something like that because im still playing. And the way I feel is I have plenty of good years ahead of me. And the goal is always to get better. I think that should be everybody’s approach in life at whatever they choose to do. So I’d like to see what I can do to raise the bar higher and push myself to the limits. One of my main goals at the beginning of this year was to, I decided I was going to put in the work and I was going to find out how good that I could be, could do. And I am going to try to keep that attitude going forward. I think that’s the way to go about it.

On if his accomplishments have him thinking about his legacy…
I hear your, the discussions around me about it but I don’t spend any time focusing on that myself. I don’t think it’s productive as a player. That’s something that you do when your career is over I think.

On not knowing what this year would be like at the beginning of the season…
Well, I had a pretty good idea pretty early into camp that I would at least be able to play at a level that was high enough to play in the NHL and earn my own self respect back.  So it wasn’t a difficult thing. Now last summer of going through the work that it took to get myself to the level I wanted to be at, that was a lot of hard work. I was doing three workouts a day. And I was pretty much exhausted all the time because that what I knew it would take. But its all paid off. And it’s a story if you put in the work and it paid off.

NHL AWARDS KICKOFF
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if there is something he learned about himself or his team that he didn’t know before winning the Cup…
You know yeah, when you listen to other player’s who’ve won it, and they, how they’re going on about how hard it is and whatever takes to win it. People who have actually done it and you’re playing hurt and tired and all that stuff involved. The mental pressure and physical exhaustion, until you actually win it you don’t realize how really it is. I’m just so glad that I had the chance to experience it, and go through it and live it. And obviously you know the best part is to see the whole team, all of my teammates just be so happy and relieved and that’s just a memory I will never forget. So looking at their faces, their smiles, their families, their significant others, wives or girlfriends to be there with them and everyone just having that joy and happiness. That’s the best feeling you know, obviously having the cup is a very special, special memory.

On the team’s party Saturday night…
It, you know obviously we are very disappointed that something like this, not true came out. Basically that was our first and only night we had as a team together. And basically we went out to Foxwoods to have a normal good time, nothing crazy. And we actually started the night bowling and having some snacks then we moved to the bar and had a night out. But nothing like that, what come out is true, we’d been given as a gift the Midas champagne from Foxwoods and we knew that after we were finished with it we would sign it and Foxwoods would auction it off. But that number that they posted up is nowhere near what the actual price of the bill was. So all I have to say is that we are very disappointed that something like this is coming out, which is not true. 

On who the best bowler on the team is…
Well, I played with Chris Kelly and other guys but Chris Kelly was really good. I think Savvy [Marc Savard] had some really high scores. But yeah.

On why they picked bowling…
You know as a team something different, we saw a bowling alley and it was just easy to do something different instead of just sitting in a restaurant and eating and really doing nothing. Just so, something different, we didn’t have a chance to do for the past few months.

On how important it was to have Marc Savard involved with the team celebrations…
Yeah it was huge. You know we had obviously everyone in there. And even for him going through some tough times and times when he couldn’t come join us. It was really nice of him to come in the end and be with us as a team. And you know its tough, it’s not easy to be battling those symptoms and not getting better and well hopefully he’ll get better and he’ll join us, obviously, for next year. 

On how he would feel about winning the Norris Trophy again and in context would it mean as much…
Yeah well every trophy has, obviously, a place in my heart. And it’s hard to describe, you know or really explain where they rank. I mean they’re all so hard to get and achieve but we’ll see what’s going to happen tomorrow night. But just obviously being very happy to be here again, it’s a huge honor being nominated for other trophies. And yeah it’s a privilege; I’m very humbled to be here.

On being nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award in a season in which he was able to win the Stanley Cup…
Again, it’s you know to be nominated for a trophy from a player, a person, obviously father. Like Mark Messier it’s a huge honor and you know I have to tell you that, being a leader it’s always about the team. And it’s never about yourself and I’m just trying to be the best I can for my teammates. And help everybody as much as I can. And you know, I have so much help obviously from our leadership group. Guys that we always talk about think that make decisions as a smaller group of leaders and I’m just very privileged and lucky to have them. And you know, you just have to constantly be willing to learn and make some adjustments along the way and grow as a leader. 

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On the attention that comes with winning the Cup
To be honest, for me, I’m kind of a private person and I, I don’t win the Cup for that part. I win it to know that we won and to prove that we could win and do that. But having said that, it’s just what comes with it and you have to get used to it.

On the Boston celebrations…
The parade was awesome, actually, the next day going out on the Red Sox field was awesome, too. I enjoyed it, being an American kid who, you know, I dreamt of hockey but I also dreamt of playing baseball, too, and it was pretty fun to be out on the field with a full stadium.

On winning the Veznia trophy…
Yeah, you know, I’ve been fortunate enough to win the Conn Smythe and the Stanley Cup this year already and the Veznia is another one of those trophies that is a huge honor to win and it’s, it’s you know, it’s another thing that would, you know, it would be icing but we’ll see, you know, two other goalies could have it.

On if it will be strained to see the Canucks after beating them in the Final…
I haven’t seen anybody yet except Alain Vigneault, it kinda will be, but, you know, I’ve always found it to be, we compete as hard as we can on the ice and when we’re in the middle of that game or the middle of that series, sometimes it, your emotions, sometimes emotions get the better of you and maybe, you know, there’s a war of words also. But when it’s all said and done, it’s over. I respect everybody that I play against and every team that I play against and, you know, I expect that they feel the same way.

On if the emotion of the Final surprised him…
No, well first of all, I didn’t see everything, I didn’t know about everything that was going on until afterwards because I was in that bubble and I kept myself in the bubble. Sometimes when there were things that I had to respond to, I was given the heads-up that this is what was said, just in case you get asked about it. That’s, you know, it was a Canadian team versus one of the Original Six teams in a big market, and you expect the media attention and everything to be that big and the, the buildup around it to be big like that. So I wasn’t surprised, no.

On what winning the Veznia would mean…
It would mean a lot. It would be nice if it were to happen. The original goal I set myself last summer was to win the Veznia, so to be honest with you, I didn’t start thinking about the Stanley Cup until later. My first goal that I set for myself was to win the Veznia because it was something that I had done before, so it would be nice if I were to win.
 
On how he stays focused during games and stressful play…
A lot of it comes from experience. That’s a hard question [laughs]. I have to think way too long. But a lot of it is from experience but a lot of it is not paying attention to a lot of what is going on around you. And it’s hard to make yourself do but I think it pays off.

On a specific way he stays focused…
I mean, I have breathing exercises that are good for that and also for athletic performance. It’s just a mentality that I’ve been trying to build as a goalie for years, so fortunately it was, that part of my game was on at the highest level at exactly the right time.

June 19
Player Availibility

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On going to Fenway Park today…
It was a great, great moment, just to be there. All the fans were great and to meet the players as well was a good moment.

On if he’s thought about his plans for the Stanley Cup…
Not yet. I’ve thought about a couple of things but it’s still something I need to think about and it’s going to be a special day, that’s for sure.

On if he’d bring the Cup to Montreal..
I won’t bring it to Montreal, it’s going to come back safe, for sure, back home and just share it, for sure I’ll share it with my family and friends but I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do all day.

On if the victory has exceeded his expectations…
Yeah, it did. To be honest with you, I never exactly pictured how it was going to be like, but I always dreamed of winning it and I can’t believe it’s actually happened. It’s, I’ve always believed, but that being said, it always seemed so far, you never know when it’s going to be and I’m so happy it’s right now. And I’m just enjoying the, I guess everything. But this is, it was an amazing feeling on the ice, the last seconds, you know, having a chance to go skate to Timmy [Tim Thomas] and all that, so it was fun.

On if he misses the anticipation of playing…
Right now, I’d say no. I, you know, I think we all need some rest. We all need to, I guess, regroup. It’s been a grind, you know, I wouldn’t change it for anything, obviously, to get the trophy, but it’s been hard.

On if he feels lucky to have won the Cup at such a young age…
Very lucky. I feel blessed and you know, that’s what you fight for your whole career and being able to do it so early, it’s special. But that being said, once you taste it you want more. I’ll enjoy this one right now but this summer I have to regroup and get back and get ready for next season.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On if it feels good to be the “best hockey team in the world”?
It is. It is, and that’s, you know, we played for the Stanley Cup, but we played to win it, at least for me, not so much for the piece of hardware. But it’s awesome, it’s cool, that feeling, to know that you were the best team, you won your last game of the season, you were the last man standing. Like you said, until further notice, you know, we’re the best team in the world.

On the celebrations so far…
The parade yesterday was awesome. And being at the Red Sox today was nearly as awesome. So that has exceeded my expectations. So far it’s been incredibly busy though, and I’m incredibly tired from the playoffs already [laughs], and I’m looking forward to just getting some rest.

On when he’d get rest…
Hopefully tonight.

On if the victory seems sweeter considering how hard the Bruins battled to win…
It’s probably a good thing that you don’t anticipate how difficult it’s going to be because you get, I’m looking for the right word, it could seem overwhelming if you knew exactly how hard it’s going to be. It’s very difficult, I think, I’ve heard, everyone’s always said it’s one of the most difficult trophies to win and my experience backs that up a hundred percent.

On if winning the Cup has sunk in yet…
Yes. It sunk in that we are the Stanley Cup Champions, I’d still like to sit back and just think about all the things that went into us winning that championship. I’d like to sit back and think about Michael Ryder’s save, about Nathan Horton’s overtime goal, and that kind of stuff. So it’s set in that we won it, it hasn’t set in how special it was for us to win it.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON
On what this weekend has been like for him…
It’s been unbelievable. Obviously, you can’t imagine how good the outcome came. And winning a Stanley Cup and, it’s been a long year but it’s been a lot of fun. Obviously, it’s all the hard work that we’ve putting in together and all the things that we’ve done together. It all pays off.

On if this was a different experience at Fenway Park for him…
Yeah, it was pretty cool. I mean it was pretty nice that we had a little celebration there. Not too many people get to do that, and I’m fortunate that I could twice. It’s a pretty nice experience.

On how today at Fenway compares to throwing the first pitch at the beginning of his career as a Bruin…
I definitely, I mean, back then I didn’t know what to expect. I haven’t been anywhere else. But having been here all year and experienced it, I just had so much fun and literally since I got here I haven’t stopped smiling because I’ve had a lot of fun and I’ve really enjoyed it and I love being a Boston Bruin and obviously, being in this organization with such great people we have that just makes it even better.

On all of the people at the parade yesterday…
It was just ridiculous. I mean I can’t even talk right now because of my voice but I’m sure a lot of people are like that today because they’re just going crazy and it’s just an amazing feeling to watch everybody how happy they are and to know that we won the Cup and we brought it back to Boston. This is for our fans, this is for everyone here, and it’s pretty special.

On playing with a separated shoulder and wanting to play Games 6 and 7 with a concussion…
It’s not always fun to be injured, but like you said you’re in the Stanley Cup finals and you’re playing the playoffs, it’s, that’s what people do in the playoffs. They play through injuries and we definitely had a lot of guys on our team with injuries. But being injured again with a concussion, it was tough to watch but I was, it was such a good feeling when we win I felt like I was on the ice no matter what. Even every time we won, we have such great teammates. And injuries happen during the playoffs and it’s just to be part of it and to be part of a team when you’re not playing, I felt like I played game seven. So it’s a good feeling.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On when he’s going to sleep…
Probably tomorrow. Yeah. I have a ten month old and one on the way, so there’s no sleep, but that will be fine.

On how the past few days have been…
Fun. Fun, yeah, they’ve been a lot of fun to get to enjoy the Cup and be around the guys, kind of a different setting obviously, for two months it was go, go, go hockey, all the time. Now it’s a time to relax and enjoy and reflect.

On how this impacts his view on the trade that brought him from the Senators  to Boston…
Yeah, it, obviously it couldn’t work out any better. I came to a great team in February and obviously the goal was to win the Cup but in February that seemed like so long until now. No better feeling than being with the Bruins.

On if his former teammates have contacted him…
Yeah, they all, a lot of them sent texts and calls and obviously congratulated us.

On Claude Julien saying he and Rich Pevereley were brought here because they were the difference makers in winning the Stanley Cup…
Well, that’s, obviously, that’s great of them to say. I think, you know, we came in here and we were welcomed right away by these guys. I think obviously when you subtract players and new players come in, those players that have left have relationships with these guys and have been through a lot with these guys and for two new guys, actually three new guys to come in, you know, not everyone, normally, would be welcoming, but everyone was.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what the experience has been like over the past days…
It’s been so much better than any of us probably expected. It’s been such a great, the last few days, you know, we are so thrilled for the whole fan base and obviously the City, the organization, our families, everybody really. Amazing the last few days.

On going to Fenway Park today…
It was great. Obviously beautiful day, you know, to walk in Fenway stadium with so much history and obviously, being there, carrying the Cup, getting a standing ovation, it’s been really an honor for us, you know, it’s just a really, really cool thing.

On if he’s thought about what he’s going to do with the Stanley Cup…
No, I haven’t. I haven’t yet. Obviously we were quite busy with the things we were doing over here but I’ll put more thought into it.

On what he was thinking as he lifted the Cup for the first time…
What I was thinking, well, at that point you don’t think much. I was just so happy and all emotions and you know, passion you have, or I had. Most of us, all of us had. Just coming out and that’s basically what I did, what I think about, and I was just extremely happy and relieved for everybody and obviously for myself. It’s just such an unbelievable feeling, it’s fantastic.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On how he’s feeling physically…
Yeah, I feel great. I got one hit against Tampa Bay but, other than that, I was able to play a hundred percent healthy.

On yesterday’s parade…
It was pretty cool, yeah. It was, the past three or four days are pretty special, so we’re enjoying it.

On how his pitch was…
I guess good, I mean we all threw at the same time and the Red Sox guys were waiting there and there were twenty five balls coming at them, so, but I think they caught everything, so that was pretty cool.

On how satisfying this year was after getting injured last season…
I don’t really care about what happened last year. You have to move on. That’s what happened, my goal was always to win the Stanley Cup and now it happened, so the dream came true.

On if he has plans for the Stanley Cup…
Yeah, I’m going to go home to my hometown and share it with my family, my friends and a few other people back home.

On the team’s play this season…
Yeah, I think there were some ups and downs during the season. But I think the, until the end of the year, I thought it was, it wasn’t awesome, but it was a good regular season. And then the playoffs, I think, not my line but the whole team, yeah, you asked me about my line, I think we play really well.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On if knowing what was expected of him helped him grow as a player…
Yeah, I, Claude [Julien] was very supportive of me. I think he used me in a lot of the right situations and areas that I would succeed in. And I’m very appreciative of that. I think he put a lot of responsibility on myself and the fourth line, which might not be every coach’s tactic, but he was very good at reading the team, reading the situations in games. And as a player, when the coach has confidence in you, it’s important to have confidence in yourself, but it’s also nice when a coach has confidence in you, and it goes a long way for me personally.

On how much pride he, Daniel Paille, and Shawn Thornton take in being on the fourth line…
Well we’ve always had pride in the role that we play. Obviously, it’s not the most glamorous role, but that’s what makes this team so good is that we have players on the team that know their role and are willing to do it. It was just instant chemistry almost between Thorty [Shawn Thornton] and I and Paisey [Daniel Paille]. And I think for us to contribute in those ways, it was important for us and we knew that, I didn’t have any expectations going into game seven, but we knew that we were going to have to be our best and that it was going to be a game that revolved a lot around momentum. So if we could do our best as a line to change that momentum, which I think we did a pretty good job of it early, it was going to be huge for us.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On the parade yesterday…
Yeah, it was unbelievable to see the amount of people that came out in the streets and supported us and cheered for us. It was great to see. 

On going to Fenway Park today…
It’s just such a treat to be able to go to all those different venues, and getting cheered on, it’s unbelievable. I can’t believe how awesome it was.

On if the victory is starting to sink in…
Yeah, definitely. To see all those people cheering for us and supporting us, and to see how much joy we gave them, definitely feels good.

On if this solidifies his choice to come to Boston…
Well it just shows me that I made the right choice. I’m happy, I’m going to be, hopefully I’m going to be here for another few years, and I just love it here, I love the fans and I love the people so I can’t complain.

On if he enjoyed going to Fenway Park today…
Yeah, for sure. I mean, I said it’s so crazy how many people cheered for us and just to see how many people showed up at the parade yesterday. It was crazy, I would have never imagined such a turnout.

On playing with Zdeno Chara
I think we just, it started right after last year, before I got hurt, we just seemed to gel. On the ice, we support each other well, it’s easy to play with him. He keeps his game pretty simple, I try to keep it simple, so I think it makes a good pairing. He’s very strong and it helps me out too, so I can’t say enough about Z [Zdeno Chara] and how he plays.

On the experience at Fenway Park today…
It was just like it was yesterday. Everybody’s cheering for us, it was awesome, to be part of the Red Sox today, just meeting the guys in the, what do they call the locker room, in the clubhouse, it’s nice to experience those things. And we are enjoying it. 

On playing for Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien…
He’s a very smart choice. He knows how to analyze players and he knows how to get his players ready. And he, just, he’s defensive first, you know, if you play good defensively the offense comes by itself. I love playing for him and it’s been fun this year.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On bringing his tattoo artist to the Garden for the team…
He’s always wanted to come here and do his thing, so he said if you guys ever win, I’ll come down and tat all you guys up, and I’ve seen him every year since and he tells me the same thing every year. So I sent him a quick email after we won and he got on a plane and here he is.

On if anyone is getting a tattoo…
Yeah, a lot of guys. I don’t know numbers-wise, but probably over half. Definitely different things, you know, some guys are just getting some writing, some guys are getting the [Spoked-] B, the Cup and B combo or something like that. I think [Mark Recchi] Rex is getting all of his done, all of his past Stanley Cups.

On the experience and if it’s starting to sink in …
Yeah, it is. It’s been really enjoyable. So much has happened and definitely DVR, you know, hit up the DVR to relive some of the things, some of the moments, but it’s been nothing short of, I mean it’s been more incredible than I could have ever thought it was. Even when I was a kid, getting back and the parade and the reception by fans, doing the Red Sox thing today, even last night, just partying with the guys and how everyone was just in the room. And it’s nice to end the season happy, you know, because every other year you’re not. It’s a great feeling.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On his experience at Fenway Park…
It was awesome. I didn’t realize that we were going to get to do that so it’s pretty cool.

On his plans for the Stanley Cup…
Well I mean take it back home, obviously. I’m not sure of the exact details, but there are a lot of things I’d like to do with it but I don’t have enough time to do everything.

On if he has gotten any sleep…
A little bit, not enough, with the parade and stuff going on today. My voice is cutting in and out.

On not being able to walk around anymore without being recognized…
It’s unbelievable how the city’s reacted. And I think for me the parade was when I just came to realize how big things were around here and it kind of started to set in that we were able to bring the Cup back here after such a long time.

On how banged up he was in the playoffs…
Probably, there’s a few bumps and bruises. Nothing too serious that would be more than anyone else.

On any lasting problems with his neck after the Philadelphia series…
No, I mean there were times that it was stiff and sore, but that was the least of our worries.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the parade…
Obviously you can’t say enough of the scene yesterday, with the parade. It was real special to win a championship as an athlete but to see the appreciation from the fans definitely made it extra special, to win in this city.

On the trip to Fenway Park…
It was awesome. That was really, really cool. Our team throwing out the first pitch to their team, I don’t think it gets any better than that.

On throwing out the first pitch…
I overthrew, I overthrew. I missed it, it was too bad. Sticking with hockey.

On his broken toe in the postseason…
I don’t know if you guys can remember, but we were at a power play practice before Game 2 in Tampa, and [Tyler] Seguin hit me with a one-timer right in the toe so I was playing the last thirteen games with a broken toe. I don’t know, I’m sure you guys saw me limping around a little bit, but definitely was tough to play through, but thank God for freezing and Novocain to make it feel good, and you know, it’s all healed up now, so it’s all good.

On playing through the injury…
I think if you broke my leg I still would have tried to do it and get out there.

On if he had any other injuries…
Actually, the last five games of the season and into that first round of the playoffs, I had a sinus infection that I was dealing with, like it always felt like I had a cloud in my head and you know, I was really restless, because I wasn’t getting good sleep and whatnot and that goes a lot with my nose getting broken. So I’m looking forward to finally getting it fixed here. But other than those issues, I’ve, very fortunate, after going through what I did last year, to have a very, very healthy year, the only thing I had, I missed those three games this year with a little shoulder sprain. But other than that, it was really, really fortunate that I was able to get back to being healthy again.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On the celebration so far…
It’s been, it’s been great experience.

On the parade…
Oh, it was amazing. I mean I’ve never seen anything like it. I know we’ve had big parades here for teams that have won, it was the first parade I’ve ever been in or really even seen, it was amazing, I can’t wait for the next years in my career in this town, it’s going to be great.

On what Fenway Park was like…
Yeah, I mean, some of the guys were trying to recreate the parade, they walked across Fenway Park holding the Cup. It was again, a crazy experience and you know, before we would really get in trouble for stepping on the grass there, now we’re driving big boats around, so you know, it’s pretty cool.

On if he has plans for the Stanley Cup…
Yeah, it’s tough to say right now. I haven’t been trying to think about it at all because I knew I was going to jinx it so right now, I have in mind, just taking it to the rink where I learned to play hockey, which was you know, I think I’ll do something there. And maybe just bring it around Toronto.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On being at Fenway Park…
It was awesome. What a time. I never thought I’d get to do that in my life, so it was great. We got to go into the room, we got to see the boys beforehand and stuff. It was pretty cool.

On what the Red Sox players were saying to them…
Just congratulations, same old stuff. I mean they’re getting ready for a game too, so we didn’t want to take too much time away from them either, but they were pretty happy to get some pictures and stuff with the trophy.

On what this weekend has been like for him…
A blur. It’s been a blur, it’s been fun. The city, that parade was awesome. I mean I expected a lot of people but I didn’t expect people would be rammed in there and be that loud, like screaming the whole time. It was good.

On if he has plans for the Stanley Cup…
No, not yet. I haven’t thought about much in the last three days, I’m not going to lie to you. It’s been a rough one.

On if he has gotten much sleep…
No, I know I don’t sound like [expletive] at all. No, I haven’t slept much. I’ll sleep next week. I’m, this is once in a lifetime so we’re enjoying it.

On how people treat him as the recognize him out on the streets…
Yeah, there’s no more hiding around here, that’s for sure. It’s, people have been great. They always have been, but after the parade I went into Ironside’s for a quick pint and something to eat and it was a standing ovation walking in. I mean that was my local watering hole. Usually I can slide in and out without anyone caring that I’m in there. So it was, it’s been unbelievable.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On if he thinks about everything it took to get to this point…
Every game, every day, every practice, every series, the whole season was a battle and we prevailed.

On if he misses it…
Yeah, absolutely. I was just thinking like when we went on the ice for that team photo, like it felt so weird putting your stuff on not having done it in a while. It seems like forever, but it’s a nice little break.

On what it was like at Fenway Park…
That was cool. The thing I always wanted to do was throw a pitch there, and I finally got to do that. It was pretty special.

On if he spends much time at Fenway and what it was like to actually be on the field…
Yeah, yeah. That was sweet. It was just, well during the Winter Classic we were there but it was covered with snow and everything was covered up. But to actually be on the field before the game, it’s sick.

On his plans for the Cup when he gets it…
I have no clue yet. I haven’t even, I have no clue at all. I haven’t even thought about it, well I thought about it, but I just don’t know what I’m going to do.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On what Fenway Park was like today…
It was definitely something I would never have imagined to experience. Walking on that grass there and seeing all those fans, it was just a great moment for us.

On what the Red Sox players told them and how much love those players gave them…
I haven’t met too many of those guys before, but they really, you felt like their best buddies almost, because they were so nice to us and just congratulating us and showing their support and really nice atmosphere in that clubhouse there.

On his plans for the Stanley Cup…
I’m just going to have a family day. Just keep it in the family and a couple friends, that’s about it. I don’t want to do anything too crazy with it. Just show it to the family and friends and stay quiet.

On if he can look back and remark on the incredible run Tim Thomas had…
Yeah, it’s still tough to believe what happened. He had such a great year and day in and day out he was that great goalie there and he didn’t let any, too many weak goals even throughout the year. It’s just great to see, happy for the guy. I’m so happy for the guy.

On if he has made the proper strides this season to continue developing…
Yeah, it’s definitely a new experience for you when you’re not playing and you’re kind of watching the games. It’s a mental growing point in your career for sure. You learn from these kinds of things and I think it helps you in the future.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RICH PEVERLEY
On what the last couple days have been like…
We all got some, it’s been a great day. Just over the Red Sox game and stuff, that was awesome.

On what Fenway Park was like…
It was pretty rambunctious. There was a lot of fans there for us and obviously for their game and that was a great atmosphere.

On what the whole weekend has been like for them…
It’s been a little overwhelming with everything that’s happened. But we’re enjoying the moment and they can’t take that away from us.

On if it’s possible to anticipate the reaction they received yesterday…
Yeah like, this city, it’s been unbelievable. They’ve really kind of opened their arms for us and just took us in. Right now it was a great celebration. The whole city is really enjoying it, and we are too.

On what he has heard about Claude Julien’s coaching before he came here..
I didn’t hear too much before, but Craig Ramsay that was here was in Atlanta with me so a lot of the same strategies and things like that was taken over. I was a little familiar that way.

On his plans when he gets the Stanley Cup…
I’m just going to take it back to my hometown and I think maybe spend a little personal time with it and maybe go out and have fun with friends.

On if he has slept the last few days…
Not too much but I’ll eventually catch up on the in the summer.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOMAS KABERLE
On the celebration the last couple of days…
It was awesome. Fans were great to us, supported us on the streets, and I wouldn’t expect there was going to be so many people out there and it was an unbelievable feeling.

On the experience at Fenway Park…
It was great also. I’ve never been there so it was the first time and when you get an ovation like that with my teammates, what else can you ask? This is a big sports city, so it’s nice to see.

On if he’s gotten any sleep…
A couple hours. Yeah.

On if he’s made it clear to Peter Chiarelli that he wants to come back…
Obviously we’re going to talk the next few days and everything was hectic and like I said the last couple of days. And hopefully we can sit down or we can talk to my agent and it will be nice to be back here.

On if being back here would be his preference…
Yes.

On what his plan is when he gets the Stanley Cup this summer…
Yeah, I got a pretty good idea. I would bring it home where I grew up playing hockey to share it with my friends and closest family. And I’m sure it’s going to be a nice day and at the village where I live.

BOSTON BRUINS OWNER AND GOVERNOR JEREMY M. JACOBS PRESS BRIEFING
On issuing a mandate to repeat the team’s success next year…
It’s a great idea. To get this done this year was an incredible, incredible experience. And we’ve become so proud of the people that represent you, we had a lot of good fortunes and a lot of good luck here. This is an incredibly durable, dedicated group of young men. And the leadership that Claude [Julien] showed them, that Peter [Chiarelli], and Cam [Neely], my son [Charlie Jacobs] played a role, a strong role in this, helping put this group together, and giving them, it just validates what strong leadership can, bring this to fruition. And we had a lot of talent, but without leadership, it won’t happen. And I’m talking about leadership on the ice as well as off the ice, I know we had folks off the ice, but take Z [Zdeno Chara], who really melded this group around him, around his personality. You really had to love these guys, the durability, I made the observation that this was not a sprint, this was a long race, if you think about it, it started in Prague, which is one of the most unlikely places to, for the players, to meld together and create a fellowship. It’s unique but my experience, in Prague, was special for me personally. And then a hundred and seven games, to wind up in a place like Vancouver, it was very, very special. Very special. It’s the trip of a lifetime. I would love to repeat it, I would love to repeat it, but I feel so fortunate to have gotten there.

On the qualities of the team..
Every year, every year they ask that. Every year you think, I’ve got the best team. When you talk about how we got there this year, we had three seven game series, one goes to overtime, the very first one. To be out in the first seven would have been disastrous, but we endured and we got through and played a four game series and thought, ‘Gee, we really must be good,’ only to get back around and go through a seven game series. There’s a lot of humility in that, but there’s a lot of  adversity and with, personally, I think Claude [Julien] says it very, very well. We’ve been great at persevering through it all, and through it all, I think that’s true. Over the years, the qualities that have lead this group has been very predictable and it’s followed a straight line. And there’s no excuses, there’s only, my dad used to say there are many excuses for why not, there’s only one reason for why. To get it done, [Julien] kept them on focus, he kept them on the message there and they really, they did everything.

On the fans…
Thank God for the fans. Thank God they’re there, I mean, this is their team. I keep on saying, I’m sort of the custodian at this point, but it’s their team. And without them, we’re nothing. And  with them, we’re everything. They are the reason we’re here. And they have stuck with us, there’s something beyond that. Yesterday, it really validated how sophisticated, how well they understand the game, how well they understand the parts and the people. And that is very, very rewarding. And I, it wouldn’t happen in every community but this community is truly a hockey community. It is truly dedicated to this sport. And I thank God that we’ve got them every day because they make this work and they’re the reason we’re playing hockey. And they’re the reason we’re playing in June. And I’ll tell you, June hockey is a lot nicer than regular hockey, and I think we all like it. So hopefully we can do it again. But I hope they enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed it. I hope they’re not as tired as I am, but they’re the reason we’re here.

On the leadership of the team…
I’m very, very pleased that Peter [Chiarelli] chose Claude [Julien], I’m very, very pleased with what he’s done. I used a term, and I think it’s one of the greatest terms in leadership, you have to be predictable. And Claude is predictable. You know how he’s going to work, you know he’s going to work hard, you know he’s going to want you to perform, you know you’re going, what you have to build on that , really important. Really, really important  in leadership and it’s very important and you look forward to somebody and what they’re going to ask of you and you know that you’re going to have to perform, there’s very ways little around that Claude is about, being very simple, very direct, but he sure gets the job done. I can’t say enough good things about Claude, the experience has been terrific.

On if he thought the team would be this successful…
I’d say that is, well, in the beginning of the year, there are thirty teams. And surprisingly, each one of them wants to win the Stanley Cup. That we were fortunate enough to win it, I think, is just terrific. I take nothing for granted, though, and I think, one, being presumptuous in this is fatal, I think you can’t presume that you’re going to be successful. And this kind of success is so rare, that I just feel blessed that I’m here. This organization worked really hard and they deserved it. But I think there’s a lot of other people out there that, they worked equally as hard. And I just feel very fortunate. 

On if he’s heard from other NHL owners…
I have a lot of very good acquaintances I’ve made throughout these thirty years. And I had a lot of well-wishers that are happy for me, as I was for them. One fellow that’s a really close friend is Harley Hotchkiss, who used to be Chairman of the NHL. He preceded me. But he’s in ill health, and it was really rewarding for me that I was able, it was the first call I made, was to Harley, just saying, you know, that, I know how happy he was for me. And I was happy that he was still with us in the sense that he was able to participate in this. But there’s a lot of good friends that have commented on this and a lot of good ones that, they wanted and they did wish us well, but there’s a good fraternity there.

On the impact of the victory on Boston…
I haven’t, but, I, people say that, something about the game, and I think the impact is usually underestimated, the impact of what these games are to the, to, there’s financial and there’s a psychological impact that’s going to last for a long time. I think that Boston will reverberate for a long time after this experience. It’s been a tremendous experience from my standpoint and looking out at the crowd yesterday, the fans, they loved it. And I loved seeing them enjoy it as much as they did. They really, they surprised me yesterday with just how sophisticated they are about this game and who the players are, what roles they play.

On hearing from the other Boston owners..
I’ve heard from every one of them and they were great. From [Patriots owner Robert] Kraft to, I’m trying to think, well each one of them. Each one has reached out. And they’re here, they show up. You’ve got the guys from basketball, you’ve got baseball, every one of them. So it’s really been a great experience and you have all of them understand the game too, which is really appreciate. It’s not like it’s new to them. And hockey is a tremendous game to watch, I don’t think there’s another one that matches it, the speed and the athleticism. And they all love watching it.

On why this year was more successful than past…
You know, my thought pattern is more about what I’m going to do tomorrow than what I did yesterday. I really don’t want to, to the extent we gained from our experience, I think it’s been great. But we’re playing for tomorrow and that’s more the focus.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS BRIEFING AT 1:45 P.M.
On if it has sunk in that he won the Stanley Cup…
I think it’s, I don’t know if it’s sunk in yet. It’s one of those things where it’s a little overwhelming right now for everybody with everything that’s happened. And even coming in today to the rink, the traffic that we have on I-93 with the construction, well stuck in traffic a little bit and once people start recognizing you they’re still hanging out their windows. And I felt like I was still in the middle of a parade. So it’s pretty neat and that tells a lot about this city. But I think it’ll take some time to soak in. I’ve been, not a Stanley Cup, but I’ve been through this situation before where sometimes it even takes months. And the last time it happened to me with the Memorial Cup it really sunk in when we started the next season when you see the banner going up and the video of the guys what they were going through. And I have to admit I was very emotional at that point. I almost walked off the bench. And that’s when it really sunk in. But it’s an exciting moment, there’s no doubt about that. And when I sit back and I watch and I see what happened yesterday, it makes you want to do it even more because of the support you’ve got from people here in Boston. Yesterday was, like I said was surreal, the amount of people that came out to show their support and obviously share the Stanley Cup with us.

On what the parade was like for him yesterday…
It was great. You can say what you want about winning a Stanley Cup and being part of a parade but I don’t think you could ever, ever imagine it being the way it was yesterday. A real beautiful day and the amount of people coming out and the way they cheered. And I guess you can imagine it, but you never know how great it’s going to be until you go through it and that’s the way I felt yesterday. On the way home with my wife and daughter we kept talking about it the whole way how we just couldn’t believe how great it was and how many people came out.

On what he did differently during this playoff run compared to previous ones…
You do different things and when you learn more about your team and you learn more about the experiences you’ve been through, and we talk about players going through adversity, coaches go through adversity too and they learn from those situations. But there’s certain things you can control and some you can’t. And I really felt we were undermanned last year against Philly. You can say what you want, but when you, and I know we blew a three-nothing lead, but when you lose the players that you lost, you’ve seen that we’ve beat teams this year that had just a few injuries and couldn’t overcome those things. So you understand that, and that’s something that coaches can’t always control, but the one thing we were able to control this year is the fact that we had some depth and we felt we had the right players in our locker room and whenever somebody went down, we were able to move somebody else in and did a decent job. Whenever somebody got injured and we brought somebody in, they had an impact. And we can talk about Tyler Seguin, we can talk about Shawn Thornton, those guys are great. Early in the playoffs, we really felt like in order for us to win we had to shutdown teams. And at that point, we decided that it was important to put [Dennis] Seidenberg with [Zdeno] Chara. We thought that that would be a wall that not too many people could get through. And as much as Zdeno deserves a lot of credit because he is that great of a player, there’s no doubt in my mind that the guy that played with him played just as big of a roll and was outstanding with his resiliency. You couldn’t burn him out. He could play thirty minutes a game and you’d have to pull him out of the gym because he wanted to do more. That’s just the way Dennis Seidenberg is. So we made that change and with the other pairs we really felt comfortable that we’re able to handle whatever other teams were going to throw at us. So you make those adjustments. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It worked for us this year and gave us what we wanted.

On if there was ever a point during the regular season where he thought they could win the Stanley Cup…
I’ll be very honest with you. I thought it could all along. And the season is over so you’re going to say well it’s easy for you to say, you’ve got the Cup. But the one thing I believe in is that although people don’t like to see your team lose a certain amount of games or everything else, through the course of the season you’re going to have some ups and downs. And there’s no way in the world in eighty-two games you can be the greatest team from start to finish. And to me, a team normally peaks its highest peak once a year. And I was okay with us playing well and being better than good. First place in our division is something. We didn’t win the President’s Trophy, but as you know it doesn’t matter right now. But to me, just being able to manage the whole season, get into the playoffs, get yourself in a good position, and try and get your team to start playing its best when it really counts is what matters to me. I’ve always believed in that. So I never wavered from that thought about we don’t have a Stanley Cup team. Peter [Chiarelli] went and made those trades because he thought we could and those things that I mentioned before we discussed. I felt very strongly with our coaching staff that we could. We felt we had the guys in there that were capable of doing it, so those trades were made. Had we not thought so, I don’t think he would have made those kind of moves. But so that just goes to show you that right from the beginning we believed that we had a good team and we had a good team and we had to tweak here and there and we did. And the credit goes to Peter and his people for making the right trades and bringing in the right people because they worked.

On when Nathan Horton hurt his shoulder and what exactly he was dealing with…
Right from the playoffs, I can’t tell you exactly when, but it was mostly for the whole playoffs he was playing with a pretty severe shoulder separation, and that’s why sometimes you wouldn’t see him in practice and a lot of times when we did some drills, guys knew not to hit him and that kind of stuff. But we weren’t going to hold him back for that shoulder and even when he had the concussion, he wanted to play so badly game six and seven which we all knew from the other side medically it was totally impossible and it would have not been a wise move at all to make. But he wanted to play. He just, he didn’t care. He was going to play through anything. And not only do you people learn a lot about Nathan [Horton] because of that, but so did we as an organization. When you bring someone like that in and as the season goes on you see how he changed. And I don’t know if you have noticed, but to me he became more and more of a consistent player in the second half and physical and emotionally engaged. And I thought he really grew and a player this year with us, and that just carried over into the playoffs. And that’s why there was no way you were going to keep him out of the lineup, even with that shoulder separation.

On if his focus shifted away from gaining motivation from last year’s Philly series and more towards looking forward at the Cup…
Well it was, it was in the rearview mirror I think all along. I think it was brought up to us obviously when we played Philadelphia. And the biggest thing was Montreal. We knew that this was a big rivalry and we know it’s been said that we’ve had some tough tilts against that team. And we knew right from the get go that it was going to be a tough series. And it was, but we got through it. And then when we got through that we were ready for Philadelphia and we really felt that our team kind of got a boost from that game seven win and obviously in overtime couldn’t have had a better finish to that. So we really got a lot of energy from that. So we were ready, and then even before game four against Philadelphia, we don’t have to talk about it, but the guys knew we have to finish this right now and move on from all the stuff that’s happened in the past. And once we got past that game, I think it was, there was a lot of confidence built in knowing we could make it right to the end.

On watching the closeness of his team develop over the last couple of years until it got where it was as they made a run for the Cup…
Well the one things that I caught myself noticing and realizing is that every time a team wins a Cup you hear the coach come up to the microphone and say this is the closest team I’ve ever had. We’re so tight and played for each other and so on and so forth. And even as a coach you hear that and say, well that’s easy to say because you win. But it really is the truth. When I sit back and I look at what those guys went through and that doesn’t discredit the other years. We were a close group. But the closer you got to the end, the closer our group became and tighter it became and more committed to playing for each other it became. And now I understand more what the other coaches before me were saying because it is exactly that. And I think our group there was, I talked to people outside of our hockey club and I keep telling them, I don’t know of any player who can’t stand another player on our team. They are all so close and they all get along so well. And you just got to look at them moving around in the city and throughout the season it’s pretty obvious that our group was a pretty tight group. And even at team meals you never saw the same guys sitting with each other all the time. They just moved around. And even before game, the night before game seven, I saw Zdeno Chara sitting with the so-called ‘black aces’ having a meal with them. Right there and then just goes to show you everybody was a part of it and everybody made everybody feel like they were a part of it.

On if any players other than Nathan Horton played through injuries in the postseason…
Well yeah, there was some other injuries and banged up and guys had to play through pain and stuff like that. But I don’t know if anything right now, to be honest with you, is need of surgery at his moment. And I’m sure they’ll let you know. I know that a lot of guys are playing banged up and there wasn’t one of them that our trainers came up and said we can’t get them through it. And there wasn’t any, again they were all inures that you see through the year, whether it’s knees or as a shot off the foot and so on or so forth. I think you noticed Looch [Milan Lucic] had a broken toe. I think at one point you saw him limping around like that. And it’s not just our team, you saw other teams as well. I remember Nate Thompson for Tampa, I couldn’t believe he was playing. He was being moved around in a golf cart from his dressing room to his car and you kind of wonder how he’s able to skate. That’s what goes on though in the playoffs, so we’re no different than any other team. 

On if he has any plans to write a book…
Oh, I don’t know if I’m ready for that yet. I’m more ready to let my brain take a break than write a book. But I know exactly what you’re saying because you know, I wish I had started that many many years ago. Because along the way you forget a lot of things. But maybe someday it might be an interesting book. Especially having been in the minors I had a lot of bus rides and a lot of stories to talk about.  

On when he’s going to get the power play going…
[Laughter]. No that’s fine, I can take it right now.

On what he knows about coaching as a defending champion…
Well there hasn’t been too many repeat champions in a while and the one thing that I know right now, my feeling is I’d like to be one of those. Once you’ve been there, again, you hear those things, once you’ve been there, you want it even more so and I’m of that feeling. Even yesterday looking at what is going on around, you think, this is a great feeling, I want this again. And I think that’s what motivated a lot of teams to do that. Obviously we are going to have to manage, to me the biggest thing right now is managing what is going to go on between now and the start of training camp. There is not much time and I think the guys really need to have a mental break, a physical break. And come back and when we do come back we have to be ready to go. So when we do come back we know the importunacy of, at the start of a season, of making sure you’re in playoff position. So we really have to work on that part of it. We have a couple of months to think about how we want to approach that. But I think that’s going to be a really important part of next year. 

On if winning the Cup changes break-up day and if they will have time to have one-on-one meetings with the players…
Well we’re actually doing that today. We’re going to be, after I’m done with you guys, it’s team picture and then we’ll be doing that. Like I said, it’s a short summer and guys have places to go, things to do. We have a couple of guys going to the awards obviously in Vegas and we have the draft right around the corner. So a lot has to move quickly here. So that’s why we are here on Father’s Day.  

On the synergy of the profession teams in Boston and completing the championship puzzle…
Well it’s great. I mean when you’ve been here for a while and you here all those things, thirty-nine years, until this year, of not being able to join those guys. And you know, for the longest of time you sort of feel like you’re on the outside, but having won that championship and seen how they’ve greeted you. I mean we’ve had support from them way before now. But they made sure that they let us know they were extremely happy for us by showing that kind of support. Like I said yesterday, all three coaches at one point have reached out to me, even before I won. So it’s not like now that you’re a champion we’re going to talk to you. They really wanted me to succeed like they did. To me that meant a lot. What the Red Sox have done, I’ve been there so many times, I love that ball team and always have,. Even before coming to Boston I was a Red Sox fan. So it’s nice to be a part of that. Again, Patriots, Celtics, we’re in the same building. This is what is great about this city is that every different sport, pro sport seems to support each other and if we could have four championships in one year we’d certainly take it, wouldn’t we?

On what he will do on his Cup day…
Well I started thinking about it. And the biggest thing that comes to mind, you want to share it. It’s not mine it’s ours. I think our fans here know that by now. Same thing when you bring it home, there are so many people that made an impact in your life. And there are some people who are deserving off seeing it. You look for the best charity you can at that point and try to share it with them. But it will certainly be with that and people who have had an impact on your life. So I will certainly make the best of it. And that’s one thing I will take time to plan carefully and do it the best I can.

On what the 4-1 win over Atlanta on Dec. 23 showed him about his team…
Well I think that’s what has come up through the whole season is the resiliency of our hockey. club. And that was the start of it and there were a lot of other examples other than that. But that was the way our team was. And when you’ve heard our players say, even when we were down three-two in this series, the first thing that came out of everybody’s mouth was ‘we’ve never done this the easy way all year’, why should we start now.’ And there was never a doubt in the player’s mind that we could, all we had to do was go out and do it. And as I’ve often said and as the players have heard me say a million times, ‘guys, we need to earn this. It’s not a given, nobody gives you anything, let’s go out and earn it.’ And that’s the way our players have felt here is that what we want to have we had to go out there and get.

On how he feels he will be considered among some of the legendary coaches in hockey…
I don’t know, the one thing I can tell you is whatever way they see me, I’ve always said that I will never change as a person. So I came up from a modest background and I’ve always tried to remain modest. I’m appreciative for everything that has happened to me in my career, more than I would have ever expected. I played hockey to become an NHL hockey player and played a few games in the NHL but never became a regular, but I got a second change at coaching. And I don’t take things for granted. You hear me say it’s a humbling game, it is a humbling game. Next year is a brand new challenge and when next year starts I’m going to put the Stanley Cup aside and work on another on. That’s just the way I am so it doesn’t really matter to me, I just hope that people look at me as a normal personal. And I told my wife the other day, if I could have on the Stanley Cup and just walked out of that rink and gone home, I would have been a happy guy. I’m fine with winning and leaving it at that. And that’s why I am enjoying just watching from my players’ eyes. Because that’s what means a lot to me is seeing those guys be rewarded.

On how different the exit interviews will be today…
Well, unfortunately I am going to have to be a little softer on these guy because they did win. But I will keep the real messages for a little later on. But there are certainly a lot of little things that everyone needs to improve on and you talk about those things. But you’ve had a year like you’ve had, you have to make sure that you enforce the positives pf what has happened. And we’ll, the guys have a pretty good idea, they hear from me all year long about what they need to do to get better. And event today, having this meeting, I don’t know if some players are going to remember what I told them [laughter]. They seem to behaving a good time.

On when he will start thinking about next season…
Well it doesn’t take long, a couple of reasons for that is you’re always thinking hockey and during the summer now a days, with the draft and the development camps and everything else, you never really get away from it. But the most important thing is after about a month, your wife wants to kick you out of the house because she can’t stand you anymore. You have to remember, we’re taking a vacation, but we’re kind of getting in their way. They’ve got their ways of living and the lifestyle and they are used to not having you around so much. So after a while they look forward to kicking you out, so when they kick you out you start thinking about hockey again.

On having most of the team under contract for next season…
I’m personally like that as a coach. You are getting your team back and every year you don’t know what is going to happen with the free agents and unrestricted free agents and so on and so forth. So I am going to kind of leave it up to Peter [Chiarelli] for now and I am sure we’re going to have our discussion. But as a coach, when you win the Cup and you know that a big majority of your team is coming back, you have to be happy. If you ask Chicago, last year they would have loved to have kept their team together, they couldn’t, but if they could they would have. And when you build a champions ship team you like having those guys back.

post-parade quotes
BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN SHANE HNIDY
On today’s parade…
It was amazing. It’s hard, again, just the support of the fans and to see the passion in their faces when you go by some people is just true. You know it’s great, that’s what, these fans are hard-working fans and that’s the kind of team we were. We were built for this city and to win and to go out and celebrate with everyone is amazing.

On what it mean to share the day with his family, friends and teammates…
You know what it is special. There are been so many special moments here and it’s only been two or three days now. It’s just flying by but you try and take it all in because every moment is special and today was a big part of it. And the parade, that was for the fans and everything they’ve done supporting us is amazing.     

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOMAS KABERLE
On what he thought about the parade…
It was awesome. Lot of people there and everybody is excited. The whole city it seems like it was shut down and everybody on the streets. And I never experienced that and it would be nice to do it again.

On a favorite moment or sign from the parade…
There was too many signs, I don’t even remember all of them. No, there was some funny ones for sure. And it seems like all the people had a lot of fun and that is what it’s all about. You play for the fans and you want to do well and this is obviously, it took thirty-nine years for Boston to do it and it seems like it was the right moment.

On Boston’s fan base…
I always thought they had a really great fan base. It’s a great organization, the Original Six, and it’s lots of history here and it’s always nice when you get a chance to win a Cup here. And I thought every single guy enjoyed it the last couple weeks when we were in the finals.

On hoisting the Cup in front of the fans…
Yeah, I had the chance to put it up too, every single one of us. That’s crazy. After the season obviously we are going to have one day with it. We can spend some time with the families and obviously the towns where we grew up.

On if he had his family with him here today…
No, not today. My dad, they couldn’t make it because my dad had surgery. So he was watching everything online, on TV, like every single hockey fan.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On the turnout today…
It was more overwhelming than I expected. It was an unbelievable turnout. I didn’t know that many people lived in Boston, let alone be on the streets today. It was an awesome, awesome experience.

On if it’s safe to say that Boston is a hockey town again…
It looks like it. I think by the turnout today, we’re definitely back on top.

On the short summer ahead of the Bruins…
I’ll rest for the next couple weeks. I’ve been through this before, so I kind of know what it takes. It’s a really short summer. Guys probably won’t be in as good of shape, I guess weight room wise, coming into the start of the season. But I think that’s worth it for us, being able to go this long. It’s going to be a short summer, but it’ll be a good one in Boston. That’s for sure.

On being a two-time Stanley Cup champion after playing several years in the AHL…
It’s been a long time coming. Obviously winning this trophy, I said it the first time, the second time’s the same. All those bus rides, all those times I got punched in the face on a Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia, the 12-hour bus rides, it’s all worth it now.

10:30 a.m. victory parade kickoff

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
Kickoff remarks…
I only have a few things to say, you know. I want to say, you guys wanted it, we got it and we want to share it with you today. The whole city, the whole Northeast, everyone who supported us, let’s have some fun.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
Kickoff remarks…
Thank you guys. I’ll tell you, what an amazing feeling it is to be here right now. This is great. I am so proud to be here to say we’re the team that brought the Stanley Cup back in Boston where it belongs. You know, we’ve worked so hard for this. I want to thank my teammates for everything that we’ve been through. It’s been a long journey but a lot of fun as well and this is amazing.

This is for you guys, you know this is your day. Enjoy it, have fun. Thank you for all the support. You guys have been believing, you guys have been behind us through the lows and highs and this is it. And you know, you guys have been waiting thirty-nine years for this but it’s here and I hope it’s going to be here again and again. And next time I hope we’re going to do this in Boston. And you guys have been saying a chant during the playoffs about ‘We want the Cup,’ well you know what, ‘We got the Cup, We got the Cup, We got the Cup.’

One last thing, one last thing, I’d like to ask my liney [linemate] right here, Marchy [Brad Marchand], to come over. [Marchand leads crowd in Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow”]

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
Kickoff remarks…
First of all guys, thanks so much for coming this morning. Thank you for all the support you’ve given us throughout the whole season. You guys are awesome, great, we couldn’t have done without you.

When I signed here five years ago, I signed because I believe in this team. And I want to thank, obviously Mr. [Jeremy] Jacobs, Charlie [Jacobs] and Jeremy. Obviously Peter [Chiarelli] came along with me. It’s been a rough start, couple bumps on the way to this point. But it’s fantastic to be a Stanley Cup Champion. So I have to go back to a conversation I had with Cam [Neeley] in September when we were in Prague. And I told him, I promised him when we win a Cup, I will hand it to him. So here we go, come on Cam.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
Kickoff remarks…
Well, first of all, I want to tell you that winning the Stanley Cup is great. And these guys were, I would like to publicly congratulate them in front of you guys because they did a great job for us. Number two, the Stanley Cup was won by these guys here, but it belongs to you guys out here. So enjoy it, and enjoy the day.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Terry Francona, Bill Belichick, Doc Rivers, for the support that they have given me personally throughout these playoffs. Even before winning a championship, they made me feel like I was part of their group. But now with a championship, you really feel like you belong, so thanks to them. Thanks to you guys for your support and I look forward to bringing home another one soon.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MARK RECCHI
Kickoff remarks…
I didn’t expect, I thought I was supposed to be near the end. But I can’t thank Boston fans enough. This group of guys, if it wasn’t for you guys, we wouldn’t have gotten this far. It’s unbelievable. I can’t thank the Bruins organization [enough] for making my last few years amazing and getting the opportunity to play with these guys in here now. We started in Vermont from training camp, went to Prague. We played together, we drank together, we lost together, and it never wavered. But the one thing we really did together is we won. One more thing, thanks for the patience on the thirty-nine years. And the next one will come a lot quicker. Thank you.

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI
Kickoff remarks…
Thank you Brick [Andy Brickley]. Thank you everybody for coming, it’s going to be a great day today. You guys are the best fans in the world. And I think I can speak for these guys, that you guys make us better. You make the players better, you make the management better, you make the coaches better. And for that I appreciate it. I want to, we had some great performances this playoff series, but I want to bring one guy forward because I think that everyone agrees he’s pretty special to our team. And I want you guys to pay tribute to him because he has had a fantastic career. Rex [Mark Recchi], you want to step forward here?

BOSTON BRUINS OWNER JEREMY JACOBS
Kickoff remarks…
They won’t let me up here unless I’m scripted, so I have to start looking at notes. What an incredible day in this city. What an incredible day for the Commonwealth and for all of New England. I just want to say, Lord Stanley, thirty-nine years. Welcome home. This whole journey started in Prague, a hundred and seven games ago. And it wound up in Vancouver with the Stanley Cup. It couldn’t have been a more magical trip.

I’m so incredibly proud of the players. They have come together as one of the strongest, in my belief, the strongest team this storied franchise has ever had. And it’s one of those types of teams that everybody contributed. I’m just going to stop there and make an observation. Think about that fourth line and how much that meant. When others dismissed it, we brought it and they delivered it. We have leadership, unbelievable leadership in Zdeno [Chara], Patrice [Bergeron], [Mark] Recchi, and Mr. Shutout, Timmy Thomas.

I couldn’t have been more proud of Claude [Julien] and Peter [Chiarelli] and the organization of coaches and trainers they put together to build this successful team. I have immense respect for them, for Claude and Peter. They are the architects of this team, and what a team they built.

I also want to recognize Cam Neely. I think I’ve communicated more than once that, all along, that he is such a great role model for the players and the organization. He is the heart and soul of what a Bruin means. You couldn’t have a better leader. He brought us a Stanley Cup.

The wait is over. The Cup is yours. Let’s celebrate. Congratulations.

BOSTON BRUINS PRESIDENT CAM NEELY
Kickoff remarks…
First of all, I want to thank the Mayor and the City of Boston. I know you had a couple days to pull this together, but they’ve had some experience doing it. It’s finally our time, how amazing is this, guys? Absolutely incredible experience.

I want to congratulate Peter Chiarelli for the job his staff did, with Don Sweeny and Jim Benning. Absolutely. I want to congratulate Claude [Julien], it was great to see the number of adjustments throughout the playoffs to help get this championship. The coaching staff: Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Geoff Ward, Jeremy Rogalski. All these guys did an amazing job, I can’t be more proud of this group. Oh and Bob Essensa. Thanks, [Milan Lucic] Looch. Looch has got my back.

I have to congratulate the training staff for all their hard work, keeping the guys on the ice as much as possible. Keith Robinson, Don DelNegro, Jim “Beets” Johnson, Matt Falconer, John Whitesides, Scott Waugh, Derek Repucci. I want to thank the training staff.

And of course, these guys right here. I mean, you want to talk about a team, this is a team right here. To watch these guys grow from Prague, all the way to their last game in Vancouver, their development, how they bonded, the character of these guys, it’s a great, great, great group of players. They have a deep affection for each other and it showed on the ice. So congratulations, guys, you guys deserved everything.

Also, we can’t thank you, the fans, enough. You guys, it’s such a privilege for the players to play in front of you guys. The support you guys give us all year long has been incredible. And you guys have waited too long for this, but enjoy it. Enjoy the heck out of this, guys.

And finally, all of this could not have happened without the support from Mr. [Jeremy] Jacobs and his family. The last four years, I’ve had the privilege of understanding how much passion that Mr. Jacobs and his family has for this organization and how badly they wanted to win a Stanley Cup. Thirty-six years is a long time to make it happen, but the support that they’ve given our GM and the ability to get the players, these players, on the ice, and what he has done for this organization is amazing. So having said that, congratulation to Mr. Jacobs, to the Jacobs family, and I want to introduce Mr. Jacobs.

BOSTON MAYOR THOMAS M. MENINO
Thank you, Andy. On behalf of the people of Boston, I want to say to the Bruins organization: thank you for a fabulous season, thank you Mr. [Jeremy] Jacobs, thank you organization, these guys worked hard every time they were on the ice. It’s a hockey team we’re very proud of. Thank you all for being here, thank you for supporting this team. Have a great celebration, see you next year, we’ll be back, right here, next year.


8:30 a.m. pre-parade availability

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On the last couple of days and if he now appreciates the fans of Boston that much more…
Yeah, well I mean, you always knew it. People would tell you, this is a hockey town; you’ve got to do it. You know you guys, we felt like we had to pull our weight and to finally do it, and do it with expectations as well. We kind of played the underdog bit at the end but throughout the whole year and especially with the last couple of seasons the way they went, there were expectations for us to actually perform and to get the job done. So it’s really satisfying to be able to do that, to live up to our expectations but also the expectations of the fans and people in the city.

On if he has seen or heard past parades around town…
Yeah I love championships, I watch people raise the trophy in every sport. It’s, you know, at the Olympics I get teared up at every Olympics because it’s the pinnacle of people’s athletic careers. It’s something that people work really hard for. So the parade is just an extension of that. It’s hard to see pure joy on people’s faces and there’s just something about athletics and sporting events that just bring out the giddiness and the childishness in people.

On how satisfying it was for him to win after his past injuries…
Well, it was great just to have a good solid year, to be fairly healthy. And especially in playoffs, that’s when it counts. I mean it was a dream, it really was. Just to stay healthy and you know, a lot of that is just luck. Luck of the draw, getting hit the wrong way or something getting tweaked. You know, and that’s the way it goes, you do all you can to be healthy and be strong but sometimes you just leave it up to luck of the draw. It’s just nice to contribute and earn my keep. Especially after losing, you know, and beyond the injuries and stuff. Go back to losing the Cup and even not just in the finals, even in early rounds. Like I was telling my wife, you know, it’s so nice knowing I don’t ever have to worry about having to retire and worry about the what-if’s. It’s a really, really great feeling, that’s like a fear as the years started going on, I didn’t want to have resentment my whole life

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On if he had made any more plans...
Not even close. I mean, right now I’m just kind of focusing on the last couple days and just enjoy it and focus on the parade and how much excitement that’ll be. I haven’t really thought about it, but I’ve got so many things running through and I can’t wait to decide.

On if he was excited to celebrate...
Yeah, we were walking in here this morning, I can’t believe how packed it is here already. To come in here, and how everyone is excited, shook a few people’s hands. I was running a little late so I couldn’t stop, but it was really awesome and appreciative.

On what have the last few days been like...
I don’t think we can say too much about it. Nothing but good things, obviously, for us because obviously the season is over and we finished on top, so we can’t be any more happier than we are.

On if he can start thinking about next year yet...
I’m not worried about that right now. We obviously have the next few days to enjoy it before we go off on our own. So I think I’m just going to live in that moment right now.

On if he knows whom he’s riding with...
I don’t, but I can’t wait to see. I know they have us assigned. I don’t even know what boat I’m in yet, but that’ll be fun anyway, whoever it is.

On what it’s like to see all those people...
I mean this is just the start, so I can’t wait to just move on and see how many people are there. But I mean, just to have the support that we’ve had all season and throughout the last few years, it’s going to show today. I mean, obviously when we won, I heard it was amazing here, an amazing feeling, so although I’m happy where we were in Vancouver celebrating but obviously it would have been great to be here with the city.

On if he’s slept…
I’ve definitely found time to sleep, obviously I was tired. Probably around four and I fell asleep for about four hours so just random times I guess, but I feel really good.

On if the victory has sunk in…
I think it will soon. But no, I know eventually it will and until I see it again, that’s when it’ll start again.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On what the victory has felt like so far…
So far so good. Kind of blurry, I’m not going to lie to you. It’s been a good time, though.

On how he’s celebrated…
Well, I think a few of your cameras were kicking around. They might have seen us doing a few things, actually, the best part is I had it at my house yesterday for about an hour, hour and a half, just me and my, the guy who lives downstairs, my neighbor, and a couple of friends, just chilling out. Having a couple of drinks and being able to settle down and not too much, it was good. 

On having the Stanley Cup as his guest…
Yeah, exactly, you just keep looking at it. It’s, nothing was forced, everything was relaxed and it was pretty cool. 

On his affection for Boston and what it means to win and have a parade here…
It’s going to be awesome. I’m very excited and everybody, all my friends in town, even people I thought didn’t give a, they’re going to be here, so I’m excited to get this going and see what it looks like.

On the celebration when he won the Cup in Anaheim…
Yeah, it was just a parking lot thing, essentially. It started at the Angels Stadium and then it’s only a two-minute drive to the duck pond, or whatever it’s called.  

On the difference in celebrations…
Yeah, this is going to be a little bit bigger of a deal. I mean, I don’t want to take anything away from the people in Anaheim, they were awesome, too. We had twenty-five, thirty-thousand people in the parking lot, it was a pretty good party, too, but I’m assuming this is going to be a step up.  

On if he’s excited for today…
I can’t wait. We had the Cup out the other day, went to Tia’s and Stella and a couple of other places, compared to Anaheim, we had it on the beach in Newport and there was like twenty people looking at it, pretty much saw it as a [Recreational] League trophy, nobody really knew the difference. So having helicopters over top at Tia’s is probably a little bit different then there, yeah.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On what he is anticipating from the parade and what it’s been like since they won the Cup…
It’s been unbelievable, obviously the moment we stepped off that plane with that trophy, the city’s just embraced us. It’s been one of those things you dream about but you don’t truly know how it’s going to be until you’re in the situation.

On if he has though about what the parade will be like…
I heard there’s lots of people. I’m excited

On if he’s ever been in a parade, even as a kid, or a Cup parade…
No. Ottawa nor Toronto ever had a Cup parade in my lifetime. This will be my first.

On what he would say to the people who have been outside since 1:00 in the afternoon…
Thank you, [laughs] that just shows how important it was to the city, to the fans. Obviously there’s not a better place to bring the Cup back to than Boston.

On what he plans to do when he has the Cup for the day....
I don’t know, I have no idea. I’ll keep it away from the stroller probably.

On what the team has been doing since the win…
We’ve been having some fun. Well deserved fun after a long long season. But we’ve been enjoying the down time with our families as well. And this is just a great opportunity, you know our families to be part of this. They’re such a big part of our success. And maybe that goes unnoticed by fans but they’re a huge reason why we did well.

On what the journey was like and what made it special…
Just the whole two months of knots in your stomach, some sleepless nights and sleepless afternoons. Obviously three game sevens, just being part of it. Being with the guys for so long and obviously achieving our ultimate goal.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MARC SAVARD
On what it was like to watch the team win the Stanley Cup…
It was amazing. I mean how the boys gelled and everybody came together. And it was tough for me to watch at times obviously, but it was special that’s for sure.

On how he is feeling…
I’m feeling better. I mean I still have my days here and there. But it’s been tough that’s for sure, especially, like I said, watching and stuff like that. But in the same sense I’m happy for the organization, all the players and the staff and everybody that put the time in and got rewarded this year. 

On how it felt knowing the team was thinking of him along the way…
That was nice. I mean they’ve always been great guys, we’ve always had a great room. Even when I came in for a lot of games at home, you know the fans were great. I could see all the signs they had and that really lifts the team and helps my spirits too. 

On what it means to him knowing the team is petitioning the league to get his name on the Cup…
Well that’s special. Like I said, Peter [Chiarelli] has been fantastic with me ever since I came here in day one. And he was one of the reasons I did come. So I mean, words can’t explain it right now. It’s been a long road that’s for sure. 

On if there is a possibility of him coming back…
Well it’s really the furthest thing from my mind right now to be honest with you. I just want to enjoy it here and let the boys take the spotlight here because they earned it.  

On the fans saying they missed him on the power play and in other areas of the game…
Well maybe I could have helped one area. But the boys are pretty strong, they didn’t look like they needed the power play the way they played. It was pretty special. 

On if he has seen the Cup…
I just actually just got in yesterday afternoon, so I haven’t seen it yet. But it will be nice to get a look at it up close.

On if his symptoms were too bad to make it out to Vancouver…
Yeah, I just, it was a long flight and stuff like that. So I just stayed at home. It was a weird feeling, I was kind of around for a couple of games at home, I didn’t really want to just stick my nose in it, I know the boys earned it. So I didn’t want to take any of the spotlight or anything away from anybody that worked so hard.

On what he though when he saw Nathan Horton go down with a concussion…
You know I felt awful for him obviously. I mean, I talked to him a bit throughout it. He’s a tough guy and he would have loved to get back in it the next game, he was joking around. But it’s a tough situation, that’s for sure.

On how he is improving…
Yeah, I’m feeling better, but I still have my days. My memory is the biggest thing, my memory isn’t very good. Mornings are tough, but besides that, I’ve been doing a lot better that’s for sure.

On if he is having short-term memory problems…
Yeah, short term memory stuff is terrible. And hopefully that gets better,         

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