SUNRISE, Florida --
On Tuesday, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was asked if he had any advice for Gregory Campbell
, Nathan Horton
and Dennis Seidenberg
in regards to their return to Florida on Wednesday night.
"I'm not really big on those kind of things, because I think the players know exactly what to expect," said Julien. "In [Horton's] situation I don't know that the fans in here are going to make that big of a deal, and I don't know what the fan base is [like].
"So, I think more importantly for Nathan is focusing on his game and I'm sure he's aware of what might or might not happen."
Yesterday, Seidenberg said that he wasn't in Florida long enough for there to be much emotion around the Florida homecoming. But on Wednesday morning, both Campbell and Horton talked about coming back to their former rink.
"This is a great place to play, but sometimes, you need a fresh start, and unfortunately it was out of my control to come to Boston, but it’s been awesome so far," said a thoughtful Campbell. "I mean, everybody has welcomes Nathan [Horton] and I to come to a team that has such a tradition, such a history, and a team that’s a competitive team and expected to do a lot of things.
"It’s a good feeling...to play with good players night in and night out, to have a role, an important role, to help the team win."
Campbell admitted that tonight would be special for him.
|Campbell. (AP Photo/ Michael Dwyer) |
"It’s different. I played these guys a couple of times all ready, but for some reason, being in this building is a different feeling, you know?"
"I spent five years here, eight years with the organization, and like I said, I had a really good time and made a lot of friends and had a lot of fun," he explained. "They gave me the opportunity to start my career here.
"That means a lot to me, but a win means more at this point, and I’m looking forward to the game tonight."
Horton explored his thoughts, as well.
"Well, it’s nice to be back," said Nathan. "I mean...it’s a great place, and like I said, I was here a long time, and I’m excited to be back.
"I mean, the last game we played, I kind of got the [nostalgia] out of the way, so you know, [even with] being in a different building, back to where I played most of my career, or all of my career...I don’t think it will be too bad tonight.
Horton did admit that he wasn't exactly sure where to go when he got in the building.
"Yeah, I don’t know exactly where to go [to get to the visitors] room, but you know, I figured it out following the guys."