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by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien touched on a number of subjects during this morning's short post-skate press conference.


Thomas, Recchi Took Their Option
Savard
First up, Julien was queried as to the status of veterans Mark Recchi and Tim Thomas, both of whom missed this morning's well attended warm-up at TD Garden.

"It was an optional this morning, so most of the players chose to go on, except for a couple guys and that’s their choice," said Julien.

Dishing on Savvy, Seguin
Next, Julien was asked about the creative synergy between Marc Savard and Tyler Seguin and whether it was at all reminiscent of the partnership that developed between Savard and Phil Kessel a couple of seasons ago.

"I think they’re safe comparisons," said Julien. "You’ve got a great winger in Seguin right now that has speed and is able to finish and I guess at this time, doesn’t have the experience that [Phil Kessel] had when that happened. But yeah...there’s speed, there’s skill and definitely Tyler is very good at finishing around the net, as well.

"So whether that’s re-created or not, I think for Savvy to be, I guess, the best player he can be, [the team needs] to supply him with some guys that can skate and get open.

"He’s such a good passer, so he can find those guys," he said.

Ryder's on the Left
Ryder and Seguin. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Usual right wing Michael Ryder's switch to the left side of the rink was another topic of conversation.

"He’s never been overly utilized there," said Julien. "He has at times. Not for very long and not because he hasn’t been successful, its because, ironically, we’ve got a lot of right-hand shots...so he’s played on his wing for the most part.

"But if you look at Michael Ryder when he gets some of his best scoring chances, they’re either coming from the middle or from his off wing.

"So I don’t think it’s a big adjustment for him. When I talked to him, he seemed to be excited about the opportunity to play that side and even thought it might even be more comfortable for him for pucks along the boards."

And Seguin is pretty comfortable on the right side.

"Tyler is very comfortable on the right side...and with his speed and using Savvy [Marc Savard] as a left hand shot, it’s a lot easier for him to pass to the right side," said Julien. "But we just kind of made that decision and all three guys are comfortable with that."

Caron Moves Down I-95
Julien talked about another rookie, Jordan Caron, who was farmed out to Providence on Monday afternoon.

Caron made the B's roster out of training camp and the 20-year-old made skated in 20 games for Boston and compiled a 3-4-7 line.

He was a healthy scratch for the last two games.

Caron. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
"It’s never an easy decision because the guy has been here since the beginning of the year," said Julien. "At the same time, he’s a young player. I mean, David Krejci went back and forth and I don’t think that it hurt his career.

"It probably helped him, so I think those decisions are always made with the right intentions. Management wants to see him play and at this stage of his career, he can be brought up and down as much as we want.

"We just want to see him progress and he’s going to progress by playing."

Experience was what Julien prescribed for Caron.

"He just needs to play I think," said the B's bench boss. "He’s going to play and probably be put in more situations down there than he would up here.

"He’s a guy that I’m sure, in the American League, will probably get an opportunity to play on the power play," continued Julien. "In front of the net, he’s good at picking up those loose picks and he’s shown me...in those two [rookie] games they played here, how good he was in front of the net.

"He can get the opportunity to do that with Providence maybe and get his confidence, as far as taking pucks to the net and scoring goals and grow from there."
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