Opening statement… Thanks for having me today. I’d like to start off by saying thank you to the Jacobs family, Cam Neely, Don Sweeney, and the rest of the Bruins organization. I’m truly blessed for this opportunity and I’m very thankful. I’d like to also say thank you to my family, my friends – they’ve all helped me get to this point. Boston is a great city to play in and we have the best fans in the NHL, so I’m very thankful to them as well. I love playing here; it’s an honor to put that jersey on before every game. I feel my style of play fits in well here. I’m really looking forward to helping this team get back to the playoffs and reach our ultimate goal and win a Stanley Cup. I just want to say thank you for that.
On his thoughts on taking things to free agency on July 1… As I expressed at the end of the season, that I would like to come back to Boston, it was a bit mutual there. We tried to work on that and it actually came to fruition pretty quickly. I didn’t really let it get too in my mind about July 1, I was just happy to get the deal done with Boston and be where I wanted to be.
On if there are areas that he can add to his game… Absolutely, everyone’s always trying to improve their game. As you can see, the NHL is changing every year, whether it gets faster here or there. But the game changes a lot and you have to be able to go along with that and change your game in different ways. I’m going to stay true to how I play, but I think there are areas where I can improve on, that I will improve on. I’m looking forward to it.
On how much he has appreciated his time in Boston both on and off the ice… Tremendously, you know, it’s the team I started with, whether it be in Providence and then back to Boston, the organization I started with. I couldn’t be happier with how things have gone. That was one of the big key factors of me making my decision is I really love the city. I love the fans. Like I said in my statement, we have the best fans in the league and they’re great to play for. The whole experience so far has just been great, so I’m looking forward to four more years of that for sure.
On if he thinks he can help younger players on the roster… Yeah I mean absolutely I think that's kind of the jobs of the older guys on your team. And you know when one guy is having success they want to make sure they turn around and help the next guy in line, and especially in your own organization to have everyone be successful as a team. So I think that’s pretty imperative to do that. And I’m looking forward to the opportunity for that.
On Bruce Cassidy being added to the Bruins coaching staff… Yeah I mean he was a very intelligent coach; he’s a very intelligent guy. And he has a certain way of coaching that I loved down there. And I can’t thank him enough for my development in Providence, throughout my career. He’s helped me a ton and really kind of helped me shape the player I am today. So I’m definitely looking forward to him being in Boston.
On what his role with the Bruins is now… You know I think my role has changed over the years. And I’ve played in multiple circumstances and in multiple roles throughout the season. And I’m looking forward to doing my job, whether it is shutting down another top line or being hard to play against and making plays out of my zone. I’m actually looking forward to that and I think that it’s obviously going to change year-to-year depending on who you have in your lineup. But I’m obviously I’m foreseeing a pretty good team this year and I’m definitely looking forward to it.
On how much he feels he’s developed since joining the Bruins organization… Yeah it’s been a long road, whether it is from Providence to where I am now and I think my game has changed a lot. There have been some ups and some downs and some injuries and I’m looking to stay healthy this year, looking forward to that. I’m looking to continue to develop my game and I think I have a lot of work to do this summer and looking forward to coming back strong this season.