|John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. |
By now you know that Stephane Yelle, a member of Colorado’s Cup winners in 1996 and 2001, is now a member of the Black & Gold and, after a short chat earlier this afternoon, it’s clear that the forward is ready to take on the challenge of donning an Original Six jersey.
“I’m excited,” said Yelle. “It’s a great organization that’s been here forever. It’s a good young team with a good coach and I am really pumped.
“Growing up, just east of Ottawa, you had Toronto and Montreal. After watching those teams for years, as well as the Boston Bruins, it’s like a dream come true to play for an Original Six team.”
Yelle will see plenty of the Maple Leafs and Canadiens this year and should help the Bruins during those matchups by lending a hand in the veteran leadership department.
“I’ve been around for a while and have been on different teams,” explained Yelle. “Being one of the older guys, and having been through a lot of playoff games, I think I can help along those lines.”
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Leadership was an important part of the decision to add Yelle to the roster.
“He’s been an integral part on Cup winning teams and successful teams,” said GM Peter Chiarelli. “He’s got experience and he’s a guy we wanted in the mix.
“We have a young blend of players and we’ve lost a little bit of the experience in Muzz (Murray) and Metro (Metropolit), but he helps fill that gap.”
Cap wise and roster wise, things just got tighter in Boston, but Boston’s GM thinks that is a good thing.
“Two things,” explained Chiarelli. “One, there is going to be more competition and we want competition. Two, we’ve added experience, but if a player deserves to play (and) make the team, I will make the requisite moves to make room for him.
“We always want to improve and competition breeds improvement.
“That’s the kind of atmosphere we want out there,” he said.
Plenty more coverage coming tomorrow. JB