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General Manager Peter Chiarelli Press Conference Transcript

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Saturday, June 8, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI AT 11:00 A.M.
On how satisfying was it to see the team do what it did, especially with what happened at the trade deadline with Jarome Iginla...
Well, really, as I said at the time, those types of things happen once in a while, they just don’t become public. You know, in my profession you learn to turn the page and go to the next thing and move on. Other wise, if you dwell on things you’re not going to be able to focus. So, I mean, it’s satisfying that we won with the group that we had. I’m happy to see the contributions we got from Jaromir [Jagr] and the other players that we acquired. It wasn’t anything extra. To beat a team of that caliber the way that we beat them was very satisfying.

On how satisfied he is with the play of the team dating back to Game Seven against Toronto...
Well, I don’t have many complaints. From top to bottom, we’ve been rolling. Our breakout has been relatively seamless; I think our neutral zone forecheck – there’s been tweaks here and there – has been terrific; our forecheck has been terrific. So in all three zones we’ve been really good, defending we’ve been good, Tuukka’s [Rask] been terrific, we’re generating a lot of chances, we’re scoring when we have to, we’re shutting down when we have to. So, it’s hard to complain after the last two series. The challenge will be to keep it going in the next series, whoever we play. Both are good teams, both are different teams. It will be good to get the rest the next couple of days and regroup. I haven’t seen a stretch like this in a while, the way we’re playing.

On what made him so confident that Claude Julien could this team, after two teams had given up on Julien previously...
You know, in the coaching profession I believe that – I think you have to be given up on two or three times before you become really good. I think you learn from your previous tenures. So I think if you go through it – a number of coaches – I think that you’ll see they learned from working with previous organizations and then getting fired. Having said that, I’ve known Claude [Julien] for a while and I’ve seen his work ethic, I’ve seen his humble beginnings, I’ve seen how he pays attention to detail, I’ve seen how he treats everyone the same. And that goes a long way when you’re in a room and you’re in the trenches. After the Toronto series I quoted this stat; he had the second most playoff wins since he’s been here, amongst coaches since that point. I don’t know, he may have the most now, I’m not sure; I don’t know if he’s caught Mike Babcock yet. He did a real good job this series. You saw the matching, you saw the quick changing in Pittsburgh. You saw a real good PK [penalty kill]. It’s a testament to his assistants, too; they do a real good job under him. We’ve got a good coach here and he’s showing how good he is.

On Julien being happy not to take the credit for the success...
It’s not in the character of him, nor is it in the character of our team. I think our team likes to deflect credit. I think the humble roots of Claude [Julien] and the team, it’s kind of identity. I don’t think you see many people in this business really want the credit or expect to receive it. Our team is no different. It’s an important part of our makeup. It starts from the top and works its way down.

On what it says about the team that they have had so much success despite not having many goals from Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, and Chris Kelly...
They’ve had their struggles. Collectively as a group they’ve come on as of late, individually they have, also. They’re able to contribute on a two-way basis, which helps our team in general. You have to look across the league to see some of the players with zero goals and one goal. Those things – look to Chicago, look to LA, the guys that zero goals or one goal. Those things happen. Look at Pittsburgh, some of their players. It happens. I think you’re going to see better contributions from these guys. Their stats aside, I’ve been happy with what they’ve been bringing; they’ve been bringing energy, they’ve been bringing checking, there’s been chances, they’ve been brining defense.

On what happened to the team during the third period against Toronto and if he thinks something ignited the team...
Well, I definitely think it was a driving force going forward. I think the fact that we did that certainly catapulted us into our level of play and performance, definitely. You could see the team pick itself up. Going back to when it happened, you could feel the momentum. Watching the team as often as I have, you could feel the momentum after we scored the second goal. I’ve never seen something like that happen, with two empty-net goals like that, but I could feel it coming, and I could see the Toronto team see that it was coming too. Whether it was going to happen our not, as the minutes progressed I thought, ‘This might happen.’ That’s a testament to the team. There wasn’t really a switch. We had some good games in that series, we had some not so good games, but I think it was more of a realization to these guys that, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get this thing done.’ They waited a little long, but certainly it was a boost to their play the rest of the way, without question.

On the difference between going to the Final now and in 2011...
You just know what to expect more now, I think, as far as all the kind of away from the rink stuff. I was more confident in the last two series, just how we were playing. We were playing well a couple years ago, but it was tough, seven games. I don’t know, it’s a great feeling. I’m not as nervous, that’s probably to do with you know what to expect. Right now, I’ve kind of tuned out for a couple days because we’ve got a couple days to do that. Talk to me in a couple days and I’ll give you a better gauge of that.

On the defensemen giving the team so much offensive production...
I know the coaching staff has always stressed for those D, one D to take their ice and/or to join the rush. It’s been a constant theme this year and we’re starting to see it now. Our game, not on the rush, but in the offensive zone revolves around getting the puck to the point. Not that our offense is built around it, but we certainly have always stressed the D becoming involved. Not terribly surprised that they’re contributing the way that they have, they just didn’t do it as much in the regular season. So now you’ve got, well-chronicled, the younger D, all those D really can skate when they’re in the lineup. You’ve got Johnny [Boychuk] coming on too, in that sense. And then last night we got Adam [McQuaid]. I don’t how often we’re going to see that last night from Adam, but I’ll take it when he does it.

On if getting back to the Final reinforces his decision to keep the team together after 2011...
Yeah, absolutely. There’s a fine line between unfettered loyalty to the players and building a good team. That’s my job to find that line. I’ll continue to try and do it. This team has showed a lot of character through this playoff run, as they did – I don’t know what the returning number of players were; thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, something like that from the last time. We’ll try and do it again, if I can.

On what Nathan Horton has meant to the organization…
Yeah, he has. He really has. And you can see the energy; you can see the enthusiasm. Of course the size and the shot are the two things I like, and the skating. But Krecj [David Krecji] had a real good quote after Game 3, where we don't have any high end starters. We have to play as a team and that's the way that we play, and I really like that quote. But a consequence of having that type of team top to bottom is when you take a piece out there’s more of a tilt, because you rely on each guy not just one or two. So he’s the same way. When he’s not in, when he’s not firing, we do have our struggles. He’s playing real well right now.
 
On putting in the claim on Daugavins…
I’ve always liked the way he plays. He’s got that puck possession mentality, puck protection mentality. He’s got some skill on the puck. We had, as we do with all our player decisions, we had a discussion. And we just felt, I felt, that I didn't know what we could do in the trade deadline. It was a really tight, tight market, and we had to get some depth. So I liked him, he was a great contractual status. He’s young still, and I like the way that he played. His game last night, I thought, was really good for the time he was on. Like he likes to take the puck to the net. That was a terrific move protecting the puck with his right hip. That was a terrific move and hit the post, and he had another couple of shots and good cycle, good defensive plays. So he played well.
 
On the way Tuukka is playing right now compared to Tim Thomas…
Well stylistically, they’re obviously different. But I think the common denominator is, relatively speaking, is their quietness. So in their own styles they can be quiet and be square and that's what were seeing in Tuukka right now. And sometimes when Tim got into trouble he wouldn't be quiet, he’d be all over the place. And Tuukka in his own way, same thing. They get turned around and stuff like that. He’s ben square. He’s been anticipating well. He hasn't been too far out, but out enough. One of the things I thought he’s done terrifically in the last two series is handling the puck. And he’s been breaking the forecheck, especially in the New York series. So it’s something that I know Bob Essensa and him have been working on. I thought he was terrific. You know, the single save for me has been what the difference is. Like to maintain the heavy actions and when the actions at the other end, he can come down and make the single save when they’re on a breakaway or a one time or something like that. I think that's been a real improvement on him. And he’s been terrific, he’s been really good. And he’s got a level head about him, which is important in the heat of the action. And he’s been- you need top end goaltending to win this thing- and he’s been giving us that.
 
On Krecji’s game and quiet character…
Yeah, I don't know why it’s quiet with him. Maybe because he’s more of a passer than a shooter and he’s the one who’s making the plays rather than finishing them. With David, the visions, sense, skill, it's all a great package. But the thing about him that's not really well advertised is his two-way play and his defensive grit, and he’s got an edge to him. You’ve got to watch him closely when he’s defending. He’s got an edge to him. And when that's there then you've got the complete player that you’re seeing right now. So I think he’s another one of those guys like a lot of guys on our team that they don't have to have credit they want to win. And I don't know what he’s like in the room and if he goes and hides when everyone comes in to talk to him. But he’s a quiet guy, you guys know he’s a quiet guy. He’s got some sharp quips and stuff like that, but he’s having a terrific playoff also.
 
On Krecji’s quote about being a team of guys that have roles…
Well it felt really good with that quote because its something that I, we, have stressed for the longest of times, and you all got to be pointing in the same direction. They’re cant be anyone that's above anyone else and story old cliché, yes, but its true. And it’s been applicable to this team for a long time. It’s just nice to hear a player who’s like lights out this year too to say it, because it exists. It’s just nice to see him say it and have everyone else hear it, because it’s really applicable to this team. And you've got those role players that are such important parts and you go down into your history and see these unsung heroes and they’re all the kind of lower line, lower pair guys. And you have to have everyone pulling there and for those players to know that they’re on the same level and feels the same as what everybody else is very important.
 
On if Gregory Campbell will need surgery and what losing a role player like him is like…
Not sure yet on the surgery. I think they’re still deciding on whether or not to have it. I mean, Soupy [Gregory Campbell] is a perfect example. That play aside, which seems to be viral right now, he’s a blood, sweat, and tears player. Guys see the battles that he goes into. I can name six or seven other guys that are like that on our team, and they’re the role players and they just set such an important example and they’re selfless and you talk about the strong foundation. They’re part of that strong foundation, and they’re hard to find. Getting Soupy in that trade, he was an important acquisition because of the character and the way he plays.
On the team embracing an underdog role...
I guess it’s a little easier to be the underdog, just from the public perception. I think what happens is, is our guys respect the opponent. Sometimes that turns into an underdog scenario, you guys [media] make it that. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But we respect our opponent and that’s important because at any given night you can be beaten by any team. We’ve seen that before, I think the year we won [2011], we were playing the Belfast Giants, we lost that exhibition, or we almost lost that exhibition game, the Providence game this year. Any given night, so our guys have to respect the opponent. That’s what happens, that’s reflected in their comments. Sometimes it turns into an underdog scenario. I don’t think it’s anything more than that, I don’t think we’re trying to create that. I just it’s just respecting the opponent.

On there not being as much criticism of the power play this year...
I think you have to look, statistically the success, generally speaking, of power plays. As rounds progress I think it goes down significantly. I’m not trying to diminish its significance. I think it’s been better. We’ve had trouble the last couple games with entries and recoveries, but as a whole it’s been a lot better; statistically it’s been a lot better, regardless of the zero we put up. Pitt put up a zero, too. I think our looks have been a lot better, I think we’re snakebitten a little. You’ve seen more plays, we’re spreading it out more with Jags [Jaromir Jagr] on one side and a righty on the other side. I see progress. I feel confident in our power play. I know it hasn’t – there’s been some struggles on the entries and the recoveries lately. But I’m not diminishing its significance because it is important on a timely manner, when you have a power play. The PK, on the other hand, has been terrific. It’s just, I don’t know, ebbs and flows with the power play, for me. But we have had, for the most part in these playoffs, it’s been pretty good.
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