“Especially when you get guys coming in it’s definitely been helping a lot, right away having some time on the road like [this] is something special and something we need to do,” said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron
. “We need to create the chemistry, the team bonding and I think it has been good.”
The Bruins have recently welcomed three new players, Tomas Kaberle, Chris Kelly
and Rich Peverley
, to their locker room and have taken some time in Vancouver to get to know their new teammates.
“We had a great team even before this trip, but now we’ve made some changes…I think it helped us,” B’s center David Krejci
said. “We get to hang out together a lot for dinners with everybody, so yeah, I think it’s a good trip for us and definitely a help for the new guys.
"We have good chemistry,” he said.
Not only are the players pleased to have the extra time to spend which each other, their coach is happy to see his players growing closer.
“I think it’s been a good week for us," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said after the team’s practice today. "We talked about adding three new faces to our lineup and this trip here is probably a blessing in disguise that they have a little time in-between and you’re on the road for that whole time.
“We always talk about boding and you bond the best when you're on the road because you’re together basically 24 hours a day.
So it’s been good,” he said.
It’s not just the new faces and personalities that are being integrated into the Bruins system, it’s also their on-ice skills.
With everyone in and around the Hub of Hockey excited to see how far the new-look Bruins will go into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team is feeding off that energy.
“I think our guys are also excited about seeing the organization go out and try to improve our team and give us a better chance,” Julien said.
“I think all of that put together has created some good excitement and the guys that we’ve added to our team are quality people too, not just quality players.”---Hannah Becker