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General Manager Peter Chiarelli Transcript from 9/18

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON BRUINS PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES


Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI

On the latest update on Torey Krug and Reilly Smith…
Won't comment on negotiations. We want them in our mix. As it's been chronicled, we've never had, I guess, that type of player not signed and not come to camp. I've been through a few of them in my time, so - they're not very pleasant, but that's what we have right now.

On what's not to stop him from signing Krug and Smith now, and trying to shed the money before the start of the season to get under the cap…
There's different ways - for all of you capologists, there's different ways to skin the cat. And that's one of 15, so those are business decisions that I have to make.

On if there's a concern with young players like that, as they miss time in camp…
You know, in an ideal world, to have all of your players healthy and present, that would be ideal. Younger players, older players, if they miss time, they're going to fall behind. It's unfortunate that they're not here, they're both good players, they both contributed to our success last year and in previous and I hope something gets done at some point.

On the timeline he'd like to get this done by…
I'm not going to comment on that.

On how active he would say the trade market is...
It's pretty good. It's been pretty good all summer. [Getting close to anything?] I'm not going to comment on that. [laughter] I mean, it's been obviously well documented by you, and I've said that I'm looking to trade a defenseman, but I'm very eager to see the competition - there's spots. There are no restrictions - like, if I have to open with eight D, I can, so there's no real pressing need to do it, other than it's not ideal. The way I count now, there's four forward spots open for filling, and there's obviously more than nine defensemen. I've been saying nine, not counting Torey, there's eight. Seven spots ideally, but I could carry eight.

On if that creates a productive uneasiness around the team…
Absolutely. The competition, this is - with it, comes uncertainty, and we'd all like things to be certain, but it also comes - like, the cream will rise to the top and I'm looking forward to it. On a smaller level, we had the competition last year, a couple of forward spots, and we did OK, so, you know we've got some invites, we've got some young players pushing, I look forward to it. We've got seven games, not counting our intersquad, and I look forward to it.

On what a player like Simon Gagne would add to the team, if he stays…
Well, obviously he's been a very good player, on all levels - clutch player, fast player, smart player, so if he can recover and gain some of that - he's hasn't played in a year - then you know, there's the speed element and there's the veteran and he plays both wings, so he's one of those candidates I talk about.

On if he will start on the right side…
Well, you know what, we've been through some lines, combinations - the last set of line combinations I saw, he was on the right side, as was [Ville] Leino.

On if anything came out of today with the fitness testing…
I haven't seen - I've been informed of some of the results, I haven't seen them all, I did witness the run that we have, and it was pretty impressive - there was no quote unquote fat guys, and I shouldn't be casting dispersions at fat guys but - it was pretty impressive, and then there's some guys that normally have been very good and they were even better, so it was a good run this morning.

On if anyone is limited in what they can do…
Yeah. [Gregory] Campbell, he's got some minor mid-core stuff that he'll be slow to start. Looch [Milan Lucic], a little slow, he's on the recovery from the wrist. [Linus] Arnesson, he's tweaked his groin, so he won't be skating for a little bit.

Will Campbell be on the ice tomorrow?
No.

On if he foresees that he may need all of the preseason games to determine the roster…
I do. I do, yeah. I mean, it's a little bit of a frenzy, like some teams have eight games, I don't know they do eight, I guess you can say the intersquad [scrimmage] but you really have to look at it closely and evaluate, really. You always evaluate. When there's not open spots, you evaluate combinations and pairs and that. So we're just going to have look at it and yeah, you know, by that time, I would hope that we're right there and maybe it's one or two players.

On what he'd like to see David Pastrnak do to get himself an opportunity to earn a spot…
Well you know, what I've been saying, what we've been saying with David, is take it one step at a time. So, you know, get your feet wet in main camp and he had a real good few games in Nashville. You know, he's got the little things where guys overtry a little bit, hang onto the puck a little bit, cut to the middle and stuff like that, but he's a smart player and he'll adjust. We had him starting at center and we put him on wing, and we're gonna put him on wing, just to give him a little bit of variety to start. It's just about slow progression, take it one step at a time, let's keep in mind on this player, he's still young and he's light and you know, you worry with a player of this age and size - there's some players obviously that seem to play and are durable and that - that he could get hurt. He's a very smart player, very good vision and you just have to be careful, and we're taking it slowly and we'll see where it goes.

On how, like with Reilly Smith being out, Gregory Campbell being out for the time being could open up opportunities for young players at center during camp like Alexander Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner…
Yeah. Yeah, those guys both tested well and ran well, and they both had real good seasons last year and you know, you'll probably see some of the guys higher up on the depth chart for centers, and you might see them on the wing at some point, and the same applies on the right side with all the young players and the openings.

On putting David Warsofsky in the group as being NHL-ready…
Yeah, I think he is. Again, that's my opinion. I thought he had a real strong finish last year in Providence - like every time I saw him, he was one of the best players on the ice and he was doing things we were telling him to. He was moving the puck, he was skating, his escape ability is terrific, like turning the net, and real good vision on the power play. So he's a player that I think is ready. Now, will he be ready for our team? Let's see how things sort out, but he's put his time in and he's a guy to watch, too.

On how Torey Krug not being at camp may provide an opportunity for David Warsofsky...
Well, certainly will be an opportunity for him. Similar size and type of defenseman, so he should take advantage of it.

On if David Warsofsky falls into the same category as Torey Krug when it comes to telling him to just play his game and not worry about mistakes…
They're a little different players. Torey I think pushes the puck decisions a little more aggressively. I think David goes with the flow a little bit more. They both defend positionally. Torey's a little more closing on defending, David's a little more positional, so they're different, but I think just the fact that David hasn't played significant time in the NHL. If he, during camp and beyond, if he's up here, I think he has to get his feet wet, so you're going to see that adjustment period for him.

On if there's a focus during camp to play faster and more aggressive…
My discussions - I won't tell you everything. It's going to be more in the neutral zone, I'll tell you that much. And Claude shows me what he wants to do, and as a result your D have to be a little bit more aggressive on the top end of their defensive zone, so that's as much as I'll tell you. You'll see it, he's got to implement this, and that makes you think more quickly, it gives you a quicker element to your game, it's an area where we want to get a little quicker, so that's one of the things he's gonna do.

On if it's the League trending that way, or if it's more about the defensemen the Bruins have…
I say it's more about - I don't know if the League is trending that way, that's a broad statement. The team that won, they play a heavy, kind of methodical game - a great game, but a heavy, methodical game - so, I mean, usually this is - sometimes this is a copycat League so you may see more of that. But I know what you're saying, kind of with the rules the way they are and how they're calling the penalties and what not. It's more, for me, it's more about we just want to play this way, and I guess it's more of a function of personnel and how we want to - you want to keep moving forward, you want to keep progressing as a team, and we think that with our personnel, with how we want to play, and we want to play a little quicker.
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