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BOSTON BRUINS POOL QUOTES

Wednesday, June 20, 2011

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI…
On the decision process to sign Ryan Spooner...
Well we waited till now. We wanted to see a full year of development up until and including the development camp and we saw improvement and we saw that willingness to get better and that’s why we decided to sign him now, and the same applies to Jared [Knight]. It’s easier to sign these guys right away and get the signings out of the way but we wanted them to work for it. They’re both very good players, very good prospects but we want them to work for it and that’s why we waited this long.

On the improvement seen in Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight
Both of them got a little bit stronger, a little bit faster. Specifically [Ryan] Spooner, his testing improved from when we did the last till now. And you can see his a little bit bigger a little bit faster, a little bit more committed. [Jared] Knight was always strong, he seemed a little more comfortable with his game at that level. And they both had good junior years. So I like to see them put some work in and then we decide to sign them.

On if they go back to their Junior teams if they do not make the roster…
That’s correct.

On what they need to do to play in the NHL…
Yeah, it’s really hard for a player that’s 20 or under to make an NHL team. They’re not usually, generally speaking, those players aren’t strong enough at that age. So you know the competition that you face in preseason is not that same, albeit it’s close, it’s not the same as that you face in the regular season. So you know it’s a matter of getting stronger, having confidence in their game. I know Spooner stayed until the very end last year, he had a good camp. Knight had a good camp too but we released him a little bit earlier than Ryan. You know, it would be a pleasant surprise if both those guys challenged and we expect them to open some eyes. But it’s a tough road to make our team at that age.  

On if being ready just requires getting bigger and stronger…
It’s just physically and mentally maturing at the age of 19. You know, you just want them to be, as you said stronger, and mentally stronger and physically stronger for another good year and help their team win. We always like to have these players bring a winning resume to the table, so it’s just a matter of competing and helping your team win.

On if the three games with the Providence Bruins helped them…
Yeah, we try and bring most of our guys in upon the completion of their junior season. And if they don’t get into games they’ll practice and kind of live the professional life for days, weeks, whatever. I did see them both play and they both did themselves very well when they played. You know that, and the development camp, training camp its all part of the process in getting ready to be an NHL player.

On Stefan Chaput
Well we had rights to him and we decided to send him a qualifying offer we liked his two way game at the end when we acquired him. And we wanted to see where he would go. He’s still a relatively young player and pays a solid two way game. We weren’t ready to cut bait with him. We liked what we saw at the end.

On why he has bounced around the league…
I don’t really know. He’s drafted by Carolina. I don’t know if they signed him or not. Anaheim picked him up and we acquired him in a minor league deal.

On what he expects out of Kevin Dean’s leadership...
Well he’ll be our assistant coach under Bruce Cassidy and he was a solid player when he played both in the minors and the pros, a consummate professional. He’s got a college pedigree which helps him connect, to a certain degree, not that that’s necessary.  It helps him connect to a certain degree with some of the college kids we have. [He] was a defenseman that figured out a way to play and stay in the league. So we expect him to help with the development of our kids, run our defense down there, and work closely under Bruce Cassidy.

On how much an assistant coach can contribute to a player’s development...
Well it’s about compatibility with the head coach, it’s about willingness to teach and to coach because those are two different things, and it’s important. It’s a duo, it’s a tandem group down there, the head coach and the assistant coach and there has to some compatibility and they’re working closely together every day with important player for us. So you just can’t have a person filling in there. It has to be a person who’s conscientious about development and conscientious about coaching and teaching.

On progress with Brad Marchand...
I’m not going to comment on progress. We want to get him signed and we’ll continue to work towards that.
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