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Pool Quotes Regarding July 18th's Roster Transactions

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POOL QUOTES

Friday, July 18, 2014

FORWARD JORDAN CARON
On re-signing with the Bruins…
They've been awesome to me so far. It's been some up and downs, but they've treated me well on and off the ice. We have a good group of guys that's pretty unique so it's fun to be a part of that, and for myself, it's just nice to have the contract early in the summer and not have to worry too much about it anymore, so I'm pretty happy that the deal is done.

On how the deal getting done now affects his summer…
It's huge. You don't have to worry about it. It's never fun to not have a contract all summer long. Earlier, I was talking to some other guys playing on different teams and sometimes you can get a little nervous when training camp is getting closer and you still don't have a deal so I'm pretty happy in mid-July to have my contract for next year so I think that's huge.

On his up and down year as the 13th forward…
I think it's going to be good for me, just being strong mentally and I think it wasn't the easiest season, just being scratched a lot, but I think it's going to help me be strong mentally and you know, stay positive, and be a good team guy in the long run, that's for sure. That's going to help me for that.

On Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli saying that he talked to him about exploring trade options with other teams, and how that affected him…
Yeah, well I talked to Peter after the season, and you know, I knew. He told me right away. He knows what I'm thinking and I think I know what he's thinking a little bit. But right now, that's totally out of my control and that's going to be the staff's decision moving forward, so whatever happens with that, with trades and stuff, obviously, you know, I want to play more and I want to have a bigger role, so if they decide to keep me in Boston, great. But if they decide to move me somewhere else, well I'm going to have to deal with it, and it's going to be their decision. So whatever they think is best for the team and for myself, I'm going to ride along with that.

On his mindset going into training camp with roster spots open if he's still with Boston…
We've lost a few guys already and you know, I'm going to go into training camp and try and win a spot. I want to have a bigger role so I think it's going to be my job to earn it and play as best as I can to win a spot on that team.

On still being fairly young in his career at 23, but having been a first-round pick and there always being pressure on him…
Well, I know I’m still young, but at the same time, I think the next couple of years are going to be huge for me, so I want to make that step and, I keep saying the same thing, but have a bigger role and really be a good player in that League, and I think I can do it. I want to keep improving, so it’s my job to keep getting better over the summer, and getting into camp and being ready to win that kind of role. You know, obviously there’s pressure, outside pressure, but I always put a lot of pressure on myself too. So that’s part of the game and that’s something you have to deal with.

FORWARD CRAIG CUNNINGHAM
On re-signing and what it means to be with the Bruins organization…
It's been obviously great, with an Original Six team and a team that over the past five or six years has been a pretty good dynasty, and there’s so much pride in Boston and even down in Providence with the Black and Gold and so much history with the organization. It's cool to be a part of, and be around guys like that.

On his NHL debut and what he'll take from that into this season…
Obviously a dream come true. Every kid in Canada grows up, it's their dream to play in the NHL and the first game was pretty special. You just kind of settle in, and it gets you excited. You feel like you're so close, just excited for the summer, to get better and work on parts of my game and come back and be ready to try to make the team out of camp.

On competition at camp and forward spots being up for grabs…
Yeah, I mean obviously I don't know what they're going to do with free agency or who they're join to sign, but I can't really think about that. It looks like there could be a couple of open jobs and you just spend the summer preparing for that, and like I said, and this is kind of the first year since I've been in the organization that it looks there could be some opportunity, and there's a lot of good players in Providence, being teammates, and now going to camp and fighting with those guys for jobs, it should be fun and exciting.

On him and his teammates in Providence getting opportunities in Boston and getting the chance to compete for spots...
It's exciting. Obviously, you're happy for everyone. The American League is a unique situation, because obviously those guys are your teammates and you play for them every night, but at the same time, you're competing against them for jobs at the top and any time someone has an opportunity to go up, we're all excited for each other.

On what he's working on to get to the next level…
I think for me, it's my speed. You know, I'm a smaller guy and in this day and age, you've got to be fast. They've been preaching that to me for the last three years and I'm just trying to take that to heart and work every day and get a little bit faster, and anytime they tell you to work on something, you want to show that you're getting better and show that you're committed to what they ask you to do.

PROVIDENCE BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOMMY CROSS
On getting a deal done…
It’s a great feeling. It’s a privilege to be part of a great organization and I’m just happy to be back for another year. Happy for the opportunity and to keep pursuing and developing in a great organization, so it feels good to have it taken care of. It was kind of my first time going through having a contract being up and looking for another one, so it’s good to have it taken care of and I’m excited to be a part of a great organization.

On his expectations for the upcoming season…
It’s exciting to be back in the organization, and also, we’ve got a great group in Providence the last two years. So obviously the expectations are to go into camp and try to play your best and see where the cards fall, and then from there, just to keep developing and getting better and working on your game so eventually, you can help the big club. The last couple of years, it’s been trying to help the Providence club, and eventually, like I said, to move from Providence to the big club.

On what he would like to improve upon in 2014-15…
I think it’s a bit of everything. I think a lot of it is consistency and playing my role and doing it on a consistent basis. It’s obviously a long season, and the guys who have successful careers are the guys who can bring it every night, and that’s what I’m working on. I’m working on some other small things, and I think the biggest thing is consistency and being a difference-maker out there.

On his progression from the beginning of his professional career to now…
I guess it’s been two full seasons, and then a couple of games at the end of my college career, and it’s obviously a great organization at developing. And the players that have moved up from Providence to Boston — it’s been fun to be on some good teams in Providence and learn from Kevin Dean and obviously Bruce Cassidy and develop there amongst other good players. So I think that’s what I think of when I think of my time in Providence. We went on two playoff runs and we haven’t gotten as far as we’d like, but we’ve had two pretty good teams and I feel like we’re building something. It’s a pretty good feeling down there.

On getting closer to making the next step to the NHL…
Yeah, you know, I think without having experience to get — you know, like a call-up or anything — I think it’s hard to know what to expect. But I do feel myself getting better as a player, and I’ve learned a lot over the last two years, and I think that’s — I think in the minor leagues, looking to earn a spot in the National League, I think that’s what you have to focus on, and that’s definitely happening to me. I think I’m a better player now than I was two years ago, and that’s definitely a good thing.

On providing leadership and off-ice intangibles…
There’s a lot of great guys in Providence. My experience in the organization has been great as far as quality character guys in that respect and just trying to fit in with that mold. It’s definitely part of the Bruins and who they are — the character guys. I think there’s a lot of guys that fit that mold, obviously in Boston, but also down in Providence, and that’s important. But I think the hockey part is what I’m focused on, and being a good player on the ice.

On players he hopes to emulate…
There’s definitely the guys that are playing in the National League that are guys that you look to try to emulate a little bit, I guess you could say. I’ve known some of those guys since I played with them down in Providence, so you kind of pick what they do well and try to take those characteristics and apply them to my own game. As far as singling one guy out, there’s not one guy, but I think it’s just looking at the guys that have had success and evaluating them and figuring out where they’ve been successful and trying to put that into my own game. I think you take different things from different players, but just in general, some of the guys I’ve looked at, the way they compete and the way they defend has been something that I’ve tried to learn from.

On staying healthy…
To be honest, I haven’t struggled with [injuries] at all — that was way back in my first couple years of college so for me. It hasn’t been an issue my last couple of years of college and then my first year pro. I’ve had two healthy seasons and I don’t need think about injuries from the past. Like I said, I’m fortunate to be healthy but I take pride in being ready for the long season and being able to play a lot of games. Obviously injuries are part of the game, but that’s something I haven’t had to deal with in the recent past.

FORWARD JUSTIN FLOREK
On re-signing with the organization…
It’s amazing and it’s another step in the right direction and a dream come true for me. Boston is just a great city and a great hockey city and organization and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to get another chance to play for Boston.

On how much he is looking forward to continuing his progression…
I’m really excited about this year and the progression I have made over the past two years. Moving forward, I really am looking forward to taking big steps this year and hopefully make and impact in Boston.

On how he prepares this summer, knowing there are spots open in Boston…
Yeah, going into training camp it is going to be a really great test. It’s just more motivation to work hard this summer because there are spots that are going to be open. So it’s just extra motivation to go that extra mile during the summer and go in to training camp ready to go.

On how much his first NHL experience last season and his postseason experience will help moving forward...
It’ll help me a lot. Every game I got, I believe that I got more confident out there. I’m just familiar with the guys, the pace of the game, the skill level. I think I continued to get more confident on the ice and that is going to transition well to my effectiveness at the NHL level. 

On how much of a comfort level it is that he has a familiarity with the players and atmosphere...
It’s going to help a lot. Last year was my first NHL training camp so to kind of just go through that, it was just a great experience and I was happy to be there. But this year I’m coming back and I kind of know the ropes a little bit. I’m coming back to make the team this year. So I may be more comfortable but I’m also more confident in myself and hopefully earn a spot.

On what areas he's working to improve, to make it at the next level and solidfy himself in the NHL...
Yeah I’ve really been working on my shot. Everything just happens so much faster at the NHL level and just getting the shot off quicker is going to be really important, especially with the goalies in the NHL. And then my leg strength as well. Just being able to use my body and be effective at that level is going to be really important to me. So if I can work those two things into my game and be more effective using those, that’s really going to help me out. 

FORWARD TYLER RANDELL
On signing his new contract with the Bruins…
Coming into this year, I knew it was my last year of my entry level, so I knew I had to be qualified this year to continue to play for the Bruins organization. It feels great to have the privilege to continue to play in the organization and it’s definitely great to get the contract signed and get ready to go back to work.

On his expectations for the upcoming season…
Just to continue the path that I’m on. Definitely improved over the last season and just have to keep working on my game every day on and off the ice to become a better player and work on the little areas that will get me to the next level.

On specific areas of his game he would like to improve in 2014-15…
There’s definitely — being strong on the puck and in corners and in my end. Making simple smart plays in my zone to get the puck out. Being strong on the boards, puck possession, and taking the puck to the net. Also, I was given the opportunity to start penalty killing this year, so just to continue getting better at that.  

On honing the physical component of his game…
Being a power forward is definitely a huge part of the game — you’re the energy, I guess, of the guys and you have to know when it’s time to give the guys a boost, whether it’s finishing a check or stepping up for a teammate and just getting the guys going on the bench and stuff, too.

On how he has progressed through the last three seasons with Providence…
My progression has been getting better every year, and this year was definitely my best year so far. It’s working little parts of game, like I mentioned earlier, and working on that stuff every day. Just focusing on the little things, and that’s definitely helped. Building confidence, too, is huge — just being confident going into games, knowing I’ll be able to make certain plays and get the job done. Confidence has definitely been one of the main things over the last couple of years.

On what he did last summer that led to his vast improvement in 2013-14…
Last summer -- my training that summer definitely helped me out a lot. I felt I was in great physical condition and that helped me feel a lot better on the ice, so my confidence was pretty good going into last season. And as the year went on, started making plays and points. Just playing my power forward game, points started coming, and that obviously made me feel better, too. I just have to keep the confidence level up, and hopefully I’ll keep progressing over this year.

On developing into a leader in Providence…
Definitely being one of the guys on the team with a lot of games is definitely a huge thing. To be that leader and also being the type of player I am — the energy player — you always have to be that guy to give the guys a little boost. So I definitely feel like more of a leader at the end of this season moving into this one.

On whether he feels himself getting closer to making the NHL…
With spots opening up this year, it’s in my hands. I just have to continue working every day, on and off the ice, and getting better in those little areas I’ve been working on, and hopefully getting the opportunity this year.

On players in the current system that hopes to emulate…
For sure, with [Shawn] Thornton leaving this year, that is definitely a huge hole to fill and I’ve been working to kind of be given an opportunity to try and fill that role. Also, I play a [Milan] Lucic-type game — strong, physical, taking the puck to the net. That’s also a player I base my game off of.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZACH TROTMAN
On re-signing with the Bruins…
Obviously, I'm really excited to have another two years with the Bruins and I'm really looking forward to continuing to work hard and move my way up the ladder.

On what is has meant to be with the organization…
Everything. It's a very prestigious organization and obviously, it's been a great team the past several years and it's great to be a part of something like that where excellence is almost expected every year, so coming in, you have high expectations for yourself, and knowing everyone around you is going to be working just as hard, trying to achieve the same goal.

On having the second year of the deal be one-way…
Obviously, that's a dream come true for any player, and just taking that next step, to being able to have that opportunity to try and prove myself at the next level. I'm extremely appreciative that the organization has put that trust in me as a player, to develop and to keep continuing to grow and they have the faith in me to be able to play at that level.

On how he views the defensive depth in Boston and trusting the process...
It's one of those things where you just have to take it day by day. If you look at it as the big picture, like 'Why am I not there yet?' or you get antsy about it, then it's going to kind of eat away at you and I think it's going to hurt your performance, but if you can shrink everything down to size and take it day by day going in, just work hard every day and focus on, 'What did I do today? How did the day go?' then it's obviously going to make it a lot easier long-term to reach your goal.

On being labeled one of the 'next guys in line' in Providence by Coach Bruce Cassidy (during development camp media availability)…
It's obviously - stuff like that is a huge confidence boost, for me and for any other player, when you hear something like that from your head coach. You know, during the year you always don't know, you don't always hear it from them. But [you look] for them to be hard on you, and just keep working away and getting better as they give you more opportunities, and then you hear stuff like that from them, it obviously means a lot, it's a huge confidence boost that they have that kind of faith in you or that they see that type of potential in you.

On his mindset going into training camp…
I'm just going to go in the same way I did last year. I'm working my butt off this summer and I want to go in and try and prove myself again, and prove that last year wasn't just a fluky year or anything, and I want to try and grow and show that I've made strides over the summer, and not just stayed the same.

On making his NHL debut last season, and how that impacted what he needs to work on to get the NHL level…
You know, I talked about it with the coaches and the staff, about my game, and for the most part, the biggest thing is really just closing and ending plays in the 'D' zone and as long as I'm doing that, then the rest of my game kind of just follows suit. So that's always going to be a big focal point for me, is just ending plays and then coming to my zone, and then making quick transition back to the wing and getting the puck in our forwards' hands.
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