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Postpractice Transcript of Head Coach Claude Julien on 4/29

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTPRACTICE QUOTES

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN AVAILABILITY AT 12:30 PM
On what it is like to wait for the schedule to come out…
It’s not that bad actually. We know it will start soon after the game sevens are done so we anticipate somewhere beginning of the weekend or the weekend. That is our anticipation so we’re preparing, more or less, for around those times.

On Dennis Seidenberg being on the ice is an emotional boost for the other guys…
I think they are happy to see him come on the ice with him. But everyone is focused on playoffs here and he’s just skating with us and doing everything that has no contact with it. So it’s more to get him out of boredom to skate on his owner with just another player so it gives him the opportunity to make some plays and passes with a little bit of traffic around him too. So we thought it was a good time for him, he is strong enough with his skating that he can jump to that level right now.

On Dan Paille not playing towards the end of Game 5 was because the fourth line was doing well…
Well, I waited for the okay from our doctors. That is basically what I waited for so to say that he might have been ready, I need to know that he was ready. I know that he is ready for the next round now.

On what he has learned from players coming back from concussions…
When it comes to that stuff, I don’t look at that. I coach, I coach the players I have at my disposal. I respect the protocols, I respect all the stuff that goes with those kinds of injuries and I kind of just wait for my trainer and the team doctors to say, he’s yours. Until then, I don’t ask questions, I don’t push the issue and I never will. So I have a lot of respect for that part of the injury and will respect the medical staff decision right to the end.

On if Dougie Hamilton’s level of play has been a leap or a steady incline…
I think it has been steady progress all year long and I can honestly tell you he was very impressive in that first round. His play was probably at the top of his game from what we know him to be. So no doubt we were pleased with that and hopefully it is a growing experience for him as well and he continues to gain that confidence moving forward.

On if he sees Dougie Hamilton being an elite defenseman down the road…
Oh absolutely, that has never been a doubt in my mind. I think he’s got all the tools to become that and that is how we have anticipated him. But at the same time, you have to allow a young player to develop and develop can be with some experience of playing, it can be with getting bigger and stronger, it can be getting more mature and older. So you could allow a player time to do that in order for him to become that elite player you think he is going to be.

On how the Canadiens’ bench perceives the rivalry based on when he coached there…
Yeah, it is. I hated Boston when I was in Montreal and now I hate Montreal because I’m in Boston so hopefully that answers your question.

On how much of a boost it is to have Dan Paille back for this round…
Well again, we’ll see where we are guys. The series hasn’t started yet and we haven’t made any decisions yet. So let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here.

On if Detroit was good preparation for Montreal…
Well they are both good teams, we know that. Detroit was a good team, they are a good skating team and so is Montreal. Montreal had a great series against Tampa, anybody who watched that series recognized that. So again, we’re a group right now that feels good about our game but we’re that same group that has a tough series ahead of us. We respect other teams strengths and we also respect our game to the point where we have confidence in it.

On if Dougie Hamilton carrying the puck up ice has expanded options…
Well we have a lot of guys who can do that now and a lot of those guys, young guys, have stepped in and done the job. But I see guys like Zdeno [Chara] doing the same thing.  I think our whole – we’ve expanded our back end to be a little bit more proactive than in the past and that has been a work in progress now for the last few years. I think everyone is getting more and more comfortable and I think some of the guys that we’ve gotten in our line up now have been doing it a little longer and are finding it more and more comfortable to pick their spots to support. But it is a big part of our offense, having our Ds support the attack. It is for every team in this league actually.

On if the last two games against Montreal in the regular season were building blocks…
Well, you can look at it the way you want. We lost to Detroit three out of four games and to me it didn’t really matter once the playoffs start. I think it’s the same thing again, you start from scratch. Whether that helps you build confidence or not, I don’t think that has anything to do with it. I think it’s just more of a, you see the tendencies of the team, you watch video and you prepare and try and make your team as ready as possible to face a team that plays a certain way. So that is more what we do than look at the past records of the regular season.

On how he looks at this rivalry now that he has been a part of it on both sides…
It’s a good rivalry. I think it always has been a good rivalry. It is a lot of fun, I think the players get up for these games. As a coach, you don’t have to do much of a pep talk when it comes to playing each other. It’s more about controlled emotions, making sure the rivalry is what it is but that you're game still remains a game that is under control and I think that is going to be the big challenge for both teams in this series here.
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