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Conference Call Transcript with Max Talbot and Brett Connolly

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS CONFERENCE CALL QUOTES

Monday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARDS BRETT CONNOLLY AND MAX TALBOT AT 6:00 PM
On where Max Talbot feels that he fits in with Boston’s lineup…
TALBOT: I’m not sure yet. I’ll play anywhere they want me. It’s something that, like you said, I can play three positions, and I think any line as well, so I’m excited to know what my role will be with this team and where they’re going to want to use me.

On whether Brett Connolly feels that this opportunity represents a fresh start for his career…
CONNOLLY: Yeah, for sure. I think I’m going to get a little bit more of an opportunity in Boston. Obviously we had a deep forward group in Tampa, so again, very excited to get to Boston, and like Max [Talbot] said, find out my role, and meet the guys, and kind of settle in. So I’m excited to get down there.

On Brett Connolly’s initial reaction to the news that he had been traded…
CONNOLLY: It kind of hit me out of left field — I didn’t really except to get traded. Obviously, nobody really does, but again, I enjoyed my time in Tampa and owe a lot to the organization, and they did a lot for me to turn me into the player that I am. Again, obviously, a big thanks for the organization and the fans, and I’m excited for a fresh start in Boston — that’s a very rich franchise, so I’m excited.

On his impressions of the Bruins…
TALBOT: As for me, when you think about the Bruins, you always think about a threat, a top-tier team, a team that is very dangerous, so I know right now, they're 70 points in, fighting for a playoff spots or definitely in one, so you look at the core of this group and every time that you see the Bruins in town or you're in Boston, you know it's going to be a tough match, and that's definitely what this team is about, and I'm very excited to be part of it.

On GM Peter Chiarelli labeling him a “glue guy” and the veteran presence he could bring with his experience…
TALBOT: Well, for myself, my tenth year in the League, I've played six years in Pitt and had to be a part of two Stanley Cup Finals which we won and after that, moved to Philly for two and a half years and I've been in Colorado for one year and a bit, and I think if you look at these three teams, they're three very good organizations and the experience I gained from those different teams and playing with different players, and different coaches, who coach differently and stuff, and playoffs, I think it's one of the reasons why the Bruins got me, here today, is for the playoff experience and I've had different experiences throughout my career and for me, it's a compliment and it's very exciting to be part of this great team.

On his progression in Tampa and if he feels that he’s forged an identity with his game…
CONNOLLY: Yeah it's been an up-and-down first four years since I've been drafted. I played a little bit my first year and then went to the Calder Cup Finals the lockout year and then was up and down the next year and again, got an opportunity this year to play and obviously a very, very talented team in Tampa and you know, I feel that for me, I owe Tampa a lot for my progression in the last four years and I feel that I'm a much better player now than I was coming in, so I'm again, I'm excited to build on that coming into to Boston.

On how Max Talbot’s veteran presence will help the team off the ice…
TALBOT: I mean, sometimes it’s just having new blood and new guys. I’m just going to be myself around the boys and just being excited there. It’s nothing different from the other teams. I’m going to bring my all every night and practice hard for the boys. I know a couple guys on the team, [Patrice] Bergeron, Daniel Paille. I’ve competed against all the other guys. I know Torey Krug as well. I don’t know how I going to fit in but usually pretty easy to get along with so I’m just excited to meet all the other guys and be part of this team.


On how important is it to have that veteran core and leadership fighting for a playoff spot…
TALBOT: It is very important. It is important to go to the rink and have fun and I think the Bruins have it already. You look at camp when-- without having it. So I’m just going to be another piece of the puzzle and that’s pretty—it is important and I’m going to hopefully fit in there well.
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