Pool Quotes for Boston Bruins Forward Brett Connolly
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BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRETT CONNOLLY
On re-signing with Boston… Obviously it’s exciting. It’s good to get it out of the way. I’m very, very excited for this season. Obviously, kind of a fresh start for the organization, moving a few guys, so it’s a good opportunity for me and I’m very excited to be a part of the Bruins - such a historic franchise - and it will be a good, fresh start for me. Obviously last year was a little weird, but it will be good to get there and get going.
On his reaction to the recent moves… It’s been - you know, you don’t really know what the plan is - but I felt that I had always been in the plans this summer and I’m going to get a good opportunity. They believe in me and what I can do, and it’s just exciting to get reassurance and sign the deal and hopefully have a good start to the season and get back in the playoffs. It’s exciting for everybody.
On how the signing represents reassurance from management that he fits into their plan going forward… Obviously when teams do kind of re-tool, it gives opportunities for guys like myself to step up and contribute and that’s what every guy wants - he wants an opportunity to play and to be a contributor. Obviously, it’s a fresh start, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity and I should be in a pretty good situation here this year so I’m excited to get going, I can’t wait to get down there.
On if he has a better idea of where he will slot into the lineup this season… You know, there’s a lot of good players, and up top, that’s obviously where you want to be and I know that’s where my game can be, so I’m excited for the opportunity. You know, I’ve been working very hard this summer to be in the best shape possible to have a good start and come into training camp and be in good shape and be ready to play more minutes and be a contributor, help the team win and I’m excited to get down there and help them do that.
On his offseason training… I’m in Toronto. I’ve been in Toronto for five summers now, so kind of the same routine. I’m with a different trainer. Kind of the normal schedule like everybody, five times a week, Monday through Friday, on and off the ice, so I just want to be as ready as possible come September.
On his offseason conditioning coach and who he trains with… Pete Renzetti. He’s the Detroit Red Wings strength coach, I trained with him my first summer in Toronto. There’s a few guys - Barclay Goodrow from San Jose, a few younger guys, Kris Draper - he still works out there so he comes in every now and then and is a guy that even though he’s retired, he still pushes hard in the gym and is a good guy for all of us to look up to and it’s been a good summer.