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Deadline Not a Fun Time for Players

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA -- "Not much is happening as we can see," was Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien comment about the early activity on trade deadline day. "Right now it’s slow."

But the heretofore quiet day, hasn't necessarily made things any easier on his players - at least before 3:00 p.m.

"I’ve called a couple players into my office to show some video clips and you have to tell them right away its just video - you’re not traded," said Julien after practice. "So that’s how nervous guys are at this stage.

"It’s not a fun time and soon as practice was over everyone was heading into the lounge and watching TV."

However, there's one major difference between the players in the Black & Gold locker room and those in some other stops in major league sports.

"It’s a good sign for us. I don't think anybody wants to leave and this is something we like to hear from our players," said Julien. "So again, we’re going to do what we can do to improve our team and if it’s nothing, we still feel we have a good team

"If we can improve it, we’ll make it better."

Julien said that he'd hear from Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli if something were to come down the pike.

"There’s always discussions with the coaches," said Julien. "One thing Peter wants to do is make sure our coaching staff... is comfortable with either who they’re bringing in and who they’re going to get rid off and we have input.

"But at the end of the day, it’s his decision," added the B's bench boss. "Like anything else as a coach, you talk about players and where they can play and everything else with all the other coaches and your general manager."

However just like GM Chiarelli has final responsibility for the roster, no matter who is in the locker room on Tuesday, ultimately Coach Julien will have the same job he's always had when the B's face the Ottawa Senators.

"At the end of the day you’re the one who has to make the final decision on who’s going to end up being on what line and how much he’s going to play and everything else," he said.
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