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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS COLORADO AVALANCHE
Thursday, November 12 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 P.M.
On what changed after the first six minutes…
Well, it’s the same old I guess. We’re off to good starts again and then you get a 2-0 lead and instead of continuing to play your game, you started seeing some long passes that ended up in icings, you saw some turnovers at the blueline. We’re being a little stubborn right now with respecting our game plan for the whole game. When you find it again, I thought in the third period it was more of one team a little bit more determined than the other. We didn’t win enough battles, we didn’t win enough races. This is our building, this is a game we have to win in our own building and we let it get away.

On Dennis Seidenberg’s play…
He did well for a guy that hadn’t play at all this year.

On if it’s disappointing that the team didn’t show enough urgency on home ice…
That’s what we’re talking about right now, absolutely.

On Frank Vatrano’s play…
He had a couple of chances, but I think as a team all of us could’ve been a little better. He’s young player that comes in and every game he plays he has opportunities. He’s, to me, he seems to be a gifted goal scorer, or at least a guy that every game creates something that gives you an opportunity to score.

On Gabriel Landeskog’s hit on Brad Marchand…
We’ll let the league take care of that, obviously. But, you know, I think we can use a lot of examples that have happened that are very similar.

On what options he has left to shake things up…
Well, I think as a group we have to figure it out. You’re so proud of your team one night because they come in and they play hard and you win hockey games and tell yourself this is the identity of our team, this is how we’ve got to play. And then the next night it’s not there. Not every night’s gonna be perfect, you know. Some nights you’ve got to grind it out a little bit more and this is what we should have done tonight when we didn’t seem to be in synch. The first maybe 6-10 minutes we seemed to be, I guess, handling the momentum of the game in our favor. But then once it got the other way, instead of  just kind of grinding it out, some nights you have to do that. And give them credit, they stood in that neutral zone there with a 1-3-1 and weren’t giving us much room and it was up to us to get through that and put it in and win those races. But like I said, in the third period that didn’t happen and that’s where we should’ve been a little better.

On Colorado’s first goal seeming like an easy goal…
There as mistakes made on that play, no doubt, lost coverage, bad line change, whatever. There’s lots of things that created that goal.

On where he would like to see the team improve on the breakout and getting to the rush…
Well, I think it’s the puck movement from our back end. Where is the improvement, it’s there sometimes, it is there. Tonight it wasn’t, so we’ve got to be a little bit better with that and it goes back to what I said, consistency in our game. You see it one night, you don’t the next.

On if it will take time to form the ability to push in the third period…
That’s what we’re trying to accomplish. I think that’s a work in progress right now, is you’re trying to get – I use the word consistency – game after game. You’ve seen it in games this year, where we push and we push the pace forward and then we have success. But there’s some games it’s just not there and that’s where, again, taking time. I think we have to be careful that we don’t take too long because it could be too late, so we have to figure it out sooner than later and that’s what we’re trying to do here with our hockey club and talking about those kinds of things. We can’t keep going in that direction where you’re good one game, you’re bad the next, you’re good the one afterwards and it’s kind of up and down. We’ve got to try and get some strings of good games going and build some sort of identity that you’re capable of holding onto game after game – at least try anyways.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On why they can’t find any consistency…
I don’t know it’s disappointing, you know. We had the two to nothing lead and we blew it so. I guess we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and figure it out and we’ll be better next game.

On if it’s more frustrating to lose when they know they can win the game…
Yeah we play a lot of good games in bad games. It’s in there, you know. The group is pretty close. We get along well off the ice. So there’s no reason why we can’t put a few games of solid effort in a row.

On if he thinks they’re too hard on themselves after blowing a two-nothing lead and that makes it harder to come back…
I don’t know. I mean at home, sometimes it happens when they come back but if the hockey game starts after the second period and you’re playing in your own building then you know you should use the fans as your advantage and you should come out on top. But I felt like in the third period we’re losing battles and we didn’t play on our toes we played on our heels.

On what he likes from Frank Vatrano’s game…
He’s skating, he’s a good player, he’s a north-south player, and he can shoot the puck well. But you know as a line and as a team we have to be on the same page and I don’t think we did that today.

On Head Coach Claude Julien calling the team stubborn and straying from how they’re supposed to play at times…
Yeah, we’ve been having some good starts. Most of the games so far this season we started really well, playing in their zone. We’ve had a lot of games with the lead, but for some reason before the first period is over we kind of stop playing the way we have been playing the first half of the period and can’t come back after that so it’s disappointing but we have to figure it out.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD FRANK VATRANO
On the game being exciting despite the outcome…
Yeah it was good. Like you said, rather get the two points and that’s what was more important tonight and unfortunately we didn’t and good thing we’re back at it here on Saturday.

On whether this was his very first game at TD Garden…
Yes it was.

On whether he ever played here in college…
Nope, just exhibition and preseason.

On the feeling when he first stepped onto the ice…
It was great. It was obviously really exciting. Like I said, I wish we got the two points tonight. We came out really hard but didn’t end up finishing the game so good thing we’ve got another game Saturday.

On having some solid chances and whether he feels the chemistry is coming along…
Yeah I think we got off to a slow start in the first, but I think we got our legs under us the second and third. You know, there’s some chances that I wish I had finished on that could have helped out the team.

On whether it’s good to have so many firsts behind him…
Yeah I can get more comfortable as I get out there every shift and build more chemistry with my teammates.

On what the turning point was to get him to this level…
Just I came in last year. I knew the hard work it would take to get here and this summer I put in all the work, and at main camp the organization had some pretty high hopes for me. I had a pretty good rookie camp and, you know, it was good to be rewarded with playing up here.

On whether he expected this so quickly…
No, not at all.

On when he thought he would be up here…
I really had no idea. That’s a great question, but just got to keep playing good and, you know, hopefully we can get some more wins up here.

On the last thing his father said to him today before the game…
Nothing, we didn’t talk today. [Laughing]

On how many people he had at the game…
I left four tickets for my aunt, brother, mom and dad, and there’s probably twenty plus people that might have came.

On whether he lost weight this summer and how much…
Yeah… about ten, fifteen [pounds].

On what kind of difference that makes…
Oh it’s been good. Definitely feel a lot faster out there.

On what kinds of things he’s learning playing with David Krejci and Loui Eriksson…
I learn everything. Especially, not just from them, just from everyone just watching shifts every time someone’s out there so I’m learning a lot while I’m down here, and, you know, we have a really good group down here and I’m excited to see what we can do on the stretch here.

On whether he feels he’s matching the speed of the game…
Yeah, I think I’m getting more and more comfortable, like I said, every shift I get out there.

On whether he dreamed of playing for the Bruins while he was playing for the Junior Bruins…
Yeah I obviously dreamed of playing for them ever since I was a young guy. It was the team I rooted for.

On whether he knows of any other Junior Bruins who have played for the Boston Bruins and whether he might be the first…
Yeah, I don’t know. I have to look into that. I’m not sure.

On his father saying he was a Krejci fan growing up and now playing on his line…
Yeah obviously he’s awesome. Him and Loui make everything a lot easier, and not just playing with them but playing with anyone on this team is awesome. We have some great talent here, and like I said, we have, you know, the next five games are at home and hopefully we can get more and more wins.

On whether he feels pressure to produce playing on that line…
I think there’s a bit of pressure, but, you know, I can control what I can control and I’ve just got to keep playing my game. Giving my all every shift, and, you know, don’t just worry about my offense but I’ve got to worry about every area of my game to help the team especially my d-zone. It’s something that I consistently want to keep working on and I think that if I work on those areas I can be a complete player.

On whether it’s better to have that pressure than to have the alternative…
Yeah, for sure.

On whether he was at the Bruins Stanley Cup parade in 2011…
Yeah actually I was there.

On where he was…
I can’t remember. I was somewhere on the streets. I don’t know Boston very well still, so I was right there in the mix with everyone else.

On whether he imagined at that time that he would be playing for them…
No, never. Never.

On staying at a hotel right now…
Yeah. Yeah, so just enjoying Boston while I’m here. Try to make the most of the opportunity.

On why he’s wearing number 72…
It’s what was given to me so can’t complain.

On keeping that number because he scored his first NHL goal wearing it…
Yeah I’m not too picky with my number, so I’m just gonna… you know just if it’s working for me it’s working for me and I’m going to keep it.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On his first game back…
I was a little nervous in the beginning but I was very excited to be back and being able to play. It’s been a long time but it was okay.

On taking a hit…
Yeah it’s always good to start a game either giving a hit or taking a hit. It gets you in the game right away. It wasn’t a bad hit at all. Tyler [Randell] didn’t even know who got hit. All he did was just heard the crowd making noise and he thought he had to step up which I appreciate. Again it was a good hit and it was fine.

On how his leg felt after the game…
It felt alright. Obviously there is more work to be done but I think it was a good first step and there’s room to get better for sure.

On losing a 2-0 lead…
Well we had a good start like we have had in the past. A lot of games actually. We just didn’t follow up. We kind of lost our game, getting pucks deep, and moving our feet. They took to us and scored two goals in the first coming back and then we were just kind of flat it seemed like and we just couldn’t get it back on track and putting pressure on their net.

On if there is a common thread between the Bruins losses…
I really haven’t thought that much about it. I was very busy just concentrating on my game. And that was my main priority tonight.

On moving from left to right in the game…
No not really. I think for the most part I was left. Maybe three, four, five shift maybe right but for the most part I was left. We started maybe off sides on the offensive zone to get the one time, it was a couple time, but for the most part I was. Even if there is a change, I’ve been doing that in the past and it isn’t a big deal.

On the last game he played versus tonight’s game…
It felt, you know what, once the team plays and you’re in rehab and you go into the games, time goes by pretty quick. It’s been a long time but I was very nervous kind of coming into the game but very excited as well and it was good feeling.

On when he found out he could play tonight…
Well there was originally a plan. We set a date and it was around the end of the week, or something, next week. Then last week, just the way I looked on the ice to the coaches and the trainers and the way I felt, we kind of decided to target today and it happened to be today. I kind of felt okay. Again, there’s more work to be done obviously.

On what his role is to fix the defense…
I mean my role is play my brand of hockey which is playing solid defensively, penalty killing. Just making a simple play and playing physical hockey and winning my battles and that’s just what we have to focus on and whatever else happens, its fine.

On if the knee injury prepared him for his most recent injury…
Maybe. I mean last time I came back, definitely at times was struggling. I felt a little better tonight. Felt like I made quicker decisions and watching games definitely helps. Last time I came back from the knee injury, didn’t do anything all summer and basically didn’t see any hockey, watch any hockey. But being at games, watching the games definitely helped getting into that game mode a little bit.

On if he was surprised by how many collisions he had tonight…
No. You want to go on and feel like you’re fine and I did. And sometimes you can avoid them and sometimes you just have to take them.

On how the team played overall tonight …
I mean it definitely looks different. There’s a few guys I’m obviously missing that are gone. I haven’t really thought about it too much. It’s all about playing the game the right way and doesn’t really matter who’s in the locker room. We just have to play to our strengths and listen to our coaches and doesn’t matter who is here and who is not. Just play.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On if he saw the hit coming out of the corner of his eye or if he was completely blindsided…
Yeah I didn’t see it coming.

On if he came over after to say sorry after…
I don’t know what he was saying.

On what his reaction to it was…
I mean, I know I got hit in the head and that’s all I was concerned about, my well-being and making sure I was okay. That’s it.

On if it was a heat of the moment reaction when he punched him…
Yes.

On if he took a bad blow…
I mean, I got hit. It’s pretty evident.

On how he feels about the league reviewing his hit…
It is what it is.

On if he’s seen the replay of it…
No.

On if he feels lucky that he’s talking to the media and not seriously hurt…
Yeah I mean any time you get hit in the head, you know, you’re a little concerned. Especially with, you know, I got a concussion a couple weeks back so I was definitely nervous but I think I’m okay.

On why he didn’t go to the “quiet room” afterwards…
Because I was fine.

On if he accepts his apology…
I mean, things happen quick. I know that I’ve been there. I’m sure he didn’t mean it. I don’t think he’s a dirty player so, you know, it’s hockey. It is what it is.

On the team’s inability to play consistently…
Yeah it’s frustrating, you know, especially at home. You’re supposed to be a lot harder to play at home than you are on the road and we just seem to collapse after we get up early on, we always seem to come out hard and we seem to take it easy and sit back and teams take advantage of that. So we definitely have to find a way to clean that up.

On if it’ll be a work in progress to have a group that can push when they need to get a goal late in the game…
Yeah I think it’s not going to come overnight but we just have to find that character in the room and understand that when we’re down by a goal or two, you know, we can’t just sit back. We need to make sure that we dig a little deeper and we have to find ways to come back. You’re not going to be up in every single game, but we have to find ways to come back and win those games.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On how the team can fix their loss of momentum during games…
Just not make those mistakes.  I don’t know, I think it’s mental.  Just be ready to play and just work hard and try to focus on making good plays and not too many mistakes.  I think that’s it.  The skill is there, we make mistakes and they end up costing us games or goals and obviously that feels bad but that’s just the reality and we have to be better.

On if the team is being too hard on themselves after giving up a lead and it’s affecting their play…
Yeah probably, I don’t know.  I’m just focused on my own game and I can’t speak on behalf of the guys but you know sometimes when you squeeze your stick it doesn't get better, it gets worse and maybe that’s the case.

On if the second goal he gave up changed directions or he just overplayed it…
I mean it was going like 10 feet over the net and then it came down.  It hit Kemper’s [Joonas Kemppainen] toe and it was going like 10 feet above the net.  I don’t know, bad bounce.

On if there is any questions in his mind about the effort from the team this season…
I don’t know, sometimes maybe you seem to work harder than the other games but I think the effort has been there.  I think we are working hard but I guess you have to work smart too and try to eliminate the mistakes and play mature hockey.  Sometimes, especially at home, we just haven’t done that.  It’s just the reality.  

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On their late push not being enough to win the game…
Yeah, it’s disappointing. I mean it’s… like we talk about playing complete games and trying to find that and find that consistency from game to game and within games and it wasn’t there tonight.

On how frustrating the defensive mistakes were…
Yeah, I mean it’s, again, shooting ourselves in the foot at times. So clean those areas up and give ourselves a better chance to win.

On whether one mistake gets the team off track…
I don’t know. I mean, that’s now how it should be. I mean, there’s going to be times within games that things are going to happen and it’s how you react to them and for some reason at times we… we need to have that follow up shift. We don’t find it, so it’s something we’ve got to look for and bring to our game.

On having “iffy” second periods this season and what was said during the first intermission…
Well, I mean, you have a two-nothing lead. You like to hope that you can come in, in a better situation than 2-2, but, again, it was like a 0-0 game right now and it’s anyone’s to win, so we were positive and looking to have a solid start to that period and continue progressing from there, but anyways talk is cheap I guess.

On whether it feels that things are more mental than anything else at this point…
I think it’s, I mean that’s part of it. I think that it’s just such a fine line with winning and losing and everyone’s well conditioned and skilled players in the league, so again, it can be momentary lapses that can be the difference.

On how you rebuild the team’s mentality especially when it comes to third periods…
Well I think it’s something that you have to work on. I think that when you’re in those positions I mean it’s staying strong, staying focused on your game and continuing to do the things that got you to that point, so it’s not veering off of what’s given you success and sticking to the game plan I guess.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER
On how there’s just something that doesn’t seem to be there and why he thinks that is…
I have no idea. Our first periods have been great, second periods have not been good at all and third periods so-so. So I think for our team right now just trying to play the whole game like we do in the first. For some reason the games at home have been a lot worse than the games on the road. So we’re trying to sort that our right now so we’ll see what happens.

On if he felt a change in the game after the first two goals were scored…
Not necessarily that. I just think that we sat back a little bit after that and kind of, you know, I guess just settled for how we were playing. And you know it came back and cost us so.

On if they were not allowing them to do what they were trying to do…
I think a bit of both. I think second period they switched to a 1-3-1, which you know forces us to dump the puck in and we didn’t do that. So I guess it’s on us.

On what they can address as a group on losing home games…
I mean there shouldn’t be a big difference between them. I think right now it’s just a coincidence but I think as a team I think we’re one-five-and-one at home now so there must be something going on. So we need to talk about that for sure.

COLORADO AVALANCHE COACH PATRICK ROY
On his team’s come-from-behind win…
It was good. It’s not easy to be down 2-0, again I thought we played a really good game for 54 minutes. We had a lot of good shots, good chances, I thought we defended well - PK was really good. Varla - not Varlamov sorry – Reto [Berra] made some very good saves at the key moments of the game. It was a solid team effort tonight.

On Reto Berra’s strong game…
I was surprised – I re-looked at that first goal and in my opinion it was some obstruction there, but I guess they saw it differently on the ice.  But no, you know what? We didn’t give up we kept our focus, even if we were down 2-0 it didn't have any feeling that we were panicking out there. I thought we were under control and it was just a matter – I mean we started playing a little better and get some shots on net and I thought that would make the difference.

On Gabriel Landeskog’s hit…
I look - from the bench and I didn’t look - I didn’t see as much, I mean I was watching I guess somewhere else. When I watch it on the video, I thought he tried to get in front of him. I mean, that’s my view and I guess in our business there’s five minutes and there’s some suspension. I think for me that was the right call. It was a five-minute, it was the right call.

On his opinion of Brad Marchand’s reaction to the hit…
Well no one is happy when you see someone – obviously you’re in the middle of the ice subject to get hit but I guess he didn’t like it. He [Marchand] was like this in junior, he didn’t like to get hit by anybody.

On Mikhail Grigorenko’s big play…
It was really a good forecheck by [Ben] Street, it was a really good play by Grigo – great patience with the puck and he made a super pass in the slot. Dutchy [Matt Duchene] didn’t take any seconds to put it upstairs.

COLORADO AVALANCHE FORWARD MATT DUCHENE
On the win tonight…
It's a good feeling coming in.  They are a really good team, they work hard.  Not a lot of ice out there, the ice was terrible so it made it even harder to generate stuff.  We got down early, we weren't playing our best, they were out working us bad and we were able to get a big one from [Carl] Soderberg and a big one from Beauch [Francois Beauchemin] at the end of the period and climbed back in it.  From there we settled in and then we played our game after that.

On him scoring five goals in the last six games…
I think the puck is just bouncing a little bit.  I'm just trying to put as many on net as I can.  Early in the season it wasn't bouncing for me at all and I knew that if I just stuck with it, stayed positive and didn't grip the stick too much, eventually they would start going in.  I didn't think it would be like this but I'll take it for sure.

On this game being a great team win…
Yeah everyone pulled their weight tonight.  Obviously a guy like [Mikhail] Grigorenko who makes that amazing pass and gives me an open net basically I just have to hit the top corner.  Little plays like that from guys like that, it's big.On his name being tossed around in possible trade rumors…I have no idea what you're talking about.  Well I hope not but I guess that's up to them.  I want to be an Av my whole career, I've always said that so I don't know, I don't know what the rumors are and I'm not going to go looking for them either.   On how the team bounced back from being down 2-0…You know what we just stuck with it.  We thought after their first goal we were able to kind of stick with it.  We came back hard and it was just a great team effort, everybody buckled down, and we settled in and we were able to get the win.

COLORADO AVALANCHE FORWARD GABRIEL LANDESKOG
On his hit on Brad Marchand…
Well I think he [Marchand] - I came in as a late back-checker and he takes his shot and as I see he is in a vulnerable position, I try to let up. I hit his shoulder first and I’m happy he wasn’t hurt.

On whether he apologized immediately…
Yeah, right away like I said I tried to let up and then I tried to skate up and apologize and tell him I didn’t mean to come across and he - obviously he wasn’t hurt with that sucker punch. Like I said, I’m happy he didn’t get hurt. I feel like principle point of contact was shoulder and like I said I’m happy he didn’t get hurt.

On whether he agreed with the penalty…
The referees they make the call. Like I said, that’s not up to me to make that decision. You can argue either way I think, like the video shows the principle point of contact was shoulder and I even tried to apologize to him. Like I said, there was no intent to injure and I’m happy he didn’t get hurt.

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER DON SWEENEY PRESS CONFERENCE AT 6:45PM
On if there was a deadline to sign Jake DeBrusk, Jeremy Lauzon and Zach Senyshyn…
No, just sort of normal course of action in talking, and we had a couple of other players from the recent draft that we had signed, so we felt it was appropriate to engage in talks and find common ground. Fortunately we were able to do that, because we’re excited to have all three on this part of the organization.

On Jake DeBrusk’s recent injury…
Yeah, again, the timetable is when he heals. Obviously an awkward situation for him to be in, but the doctors did a really good job, and now it’s just a matter of just taking some time to make sure he’s completely healed. Scary incident for the young man, but he’ll be fine.

On what he’s seen from Bruins prospects so far this season…
Well everybody’s gotten off to a good start, barring injuries. [Brandon] Carlo had an upper-body injury that he’s dealt with for a little bit, and obviously the recent injury to Jake [DeBrusk]. Everybody else has gotten off to a really, really good start and we’re excited. This was a draft where we felt that we needed to address sort of restocking things, and I think we hit that head-on, and hopefully all these players will continue with the natural progression to get them to where we feel they can get to, and be an exciting part of our future.

On the challenges of creating rookie contracts…
Well it’s certainly a challenge having three first rounder’s knowing performance bonuses are an issue for cap teams and teams injured, LTI, and we’ve certainly got a long history of having to deal with that. You have to have those open discussions with representatives and I think they’re much more cognizant of situations where it may keep a player out of a National Hockey [League] lineup for what reason other than a salary cap pinch. I think everybody is at a different phase and stages to when that they might be able to carry those performance bonuses but if everybody arrives at the same time, you’re susceptible to it. I think the representatives, in our group as well, sort of put that rate on the table that rate out front and everybody worked together. And I think the deals are reflective of that.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00 AM
On if Dennis Seidenberg is a possibility for tonight’s game…
Yes, he’ll be here for warm-up. We’ve got some game-time decisions to make here, guys. So obviously not up front, we’re good up front, but on the back end we’ll make game-time decisions.

On if Torey Krug is a game-time decision as well as Dennis Seidenberg…
Could be…could be one of those. Looked okay but, you know, kind of reserving the right to make a game-time decision there.

On managing Dennis Seidenberg when he does get back on the ice at some point…
Well I think it’s simplified by the guy’s role. For him, just think about going out there and playing. We’ll take care of the rest, you know. The amount of ice time, who he plays against and all that - that’s the, I guess, the advantage we have at too with that last change. So right now all Dennis [Seidenberg] has to think about if he plays tonight is just go out there and play, you know. Don’t worry about anything else. Players that think too much obviously it usually plays against them. So we want him thinking less today, tonight or whenever he plays and kind of just kind of make it as easy as we can on him. He hasn’t had a training camp, you know. So the first time he plays will be his real first game. So that’s where we have to help him out in that area so. You know, he’s an experienced player, he’s been in the league a long time so he should be able to handle that.

On if Dennis Seidenberg is game-ready earlier than expected…
Yeah. I mean you know, there’s a good possibility he’ll play tonight. You and same thing, Torey [Krug]…we’ve got to make some game-time decisions here. But, you know, the guy is in great shape. The medical staff told me he was good enough to take, you know, some challenges yesterday in the physical part of it and he’s done that. And he started doing it earlier as well last week, so it’s not like it was first time just yesterday, but just feeling more and more comfortable so when they give me the full okay and he’s good to play then we’re going to have to throw him in at some point.

On what it is about Dennis Seidenberg that enables him to bounce back from injuries…
Well a couple of things. He’s always kept himself in good shape. And that’s the number one thing for him, but at the same time you know different players have different bodies. Some heal quicker than others. And you know he’s one of those that’s in great shape and he does heal quicker than others. Others need the time that you estimate and the other ones are sometimes a little ahead of the schedule. But, you know, give the guy credit. He always works hard to get back, to be in top shape and he’s done that again this time.


On the general managers in the NHL that have discussed reducing goalie equipment or increasing the size of nets and what he thinks about it…
I don’t like the size of the net changing at all, you know. I think there’s other ways to make those changes, whether it’s goalie equipment [or not]. The one that I liked from Nicklas Lidstrom was maybe making the crease a little bit smaller, maybe goaltenders won’t like that but when they’re in a little deeper it gives you a little more net. So if they prefer keeping the size of the equipment then maybe you have to keep them in a little lower. And if they decide to minimize the equipment maybe they keep the creases the same. But you know, no matter what they decide the only I would say is I’m not a big fan of making nets bigger.

On why he’s not a fan of making nets bigger…
Because I think there’s still a lot of goals being scored, you know. We go back to, you know, many, many years ago when people were satisfied with 2-1 games, 3-2 games they appreciated the game. We seem to go back to the 80’s where you know the Edmonton Oilers would score eight goals a game but they would win 8-6, they would give up six and, you know, stuff like that. We seem to always want to go back to that. And I think that people that know the game have always enjoyed a game that has lots of scoring chances but goaltender’s been extremely good, good pace of the game. Anybody that enjoys the game. Why do people enjoy soccer so much in Europe? They can’t even get a ticket, 2-1 games, you know? Yet they appreciate the game. So maybe you need to go there for a while and embrace it [laughs]. But you know it’s just one of those things…I really think there’s still a lot of speed in our game, there’s still a lot of skill, there’s still a lot of scoring chances and there’s still some unbelievable saves. So maybe give credit to the goaltenders. Instead of being standup goaltenders they’ve modified their style to make it a little tougher to score but scoring chances are still there. I haven’t seen a change in our scoring chances in tons of years.

On if goaltenders have gotten better over the years and maybe people want to punish them for the advancement of their position…
Well exactly, should we stop improving equipment to slow down the game? You know, it was like the skates that they have today compared to skates that we had 30 years ago - when they were wet they were heavy, today they weigh nothing. So it’s improved the speed of the game because it lightens the equipment. The kind of blades they use today, you know, everything’s improving and yet now they want to, instead of improving the goaltender’s area, we want to kind of take away from them. So again, I think there’s different things that can be done bottom line without making the net bigger, that’s my opinion, you know. And I respect every other opinion that’s out there but you’re asking me the question and that’s my answer.

On if Cam Neely and Don Sweeney are on the same page as him about changing the size of the net…
Not sure, and at the same time I don’t think we would need to be, you know. I haven’t really discussed it. I was told that they talked about it but I didn’t ask his opinion and what he thought. But at the same time, we’re allowed to have different opinions and at the end of the day whatever they decide, you know, as a group you go with.


On if he thinks changing the size of the nets would change the game too drastically…
Well you know I don’t think we’ve changed the size of the rink either because players have gotten quicker right? So are we going to change the size of the nets and not change the size of the rink because we want to see more goals? You know what, like I said, anybody that knows the game of hockey isn’t complaining about the goals. They want to see a good game and that’s the bottom line. We have to give them a good game, whether it’s from a physical standpoint, whether it’s from a speed point of view, speed of the game, scoring chances- that’s what they want to see. So whether a puck goes in or not, I don’t think that they hockey purist so people that know the game are really complaining about that.

On what he would like to see from the team tonight to kick off their five-game home stand…
Let me switch my thinking here because we’ve talked about everything but the game right? [laughs]. No I think we…obviously our home stand has got to get better, you know - our home record I should say- and we’ve got a home stand here that allows us to rectify that. So, you know, as every coach will tell you let’s not look too far ahead let’s look to tonight here and get ourselves on a bit of a roll at home. And let’s work through these next five games so we can definitely improve our home record and not make this such a friendly place to come play in.

On why regrouping in the neutral zone in a 3-on-3 situation is better than doing that versus in a 4-on-4 or a 5-on-5 situation…
Well I think right now because one little mistake in 3-on-3, you know, there’s a lot of damage that can be done. So what teams have tried to do is when they do have the puck they try to keep it as long as they can, you know, instead of dumping it in and making a change and getting the right people on the ice because there’s so much ice out there they prefer trying to keep it, regrouping, getting some fresh guys out there. Or even if it’s not fresh guys, instead of just going in one against two or three, they’ll turn back and wait for the other guys to catch up. I think you’ve seen a lot of teams 3-on-3 they use a delay, which is what a lot of teams use on the power play. The defensive team backs off and they’re almost off to the blue line then you drop the puck and somebody comes in with speed. So that’s been a good way of entering the zone or getting scoring chances. So I think every team is adapting to it. And unfortunately for us, to a certain extent, besides preseason we haven’t had much of a chance to use it and other teams have used it a lot. So teams that have used it a lot are definitely getting better at it. This is where our challenge is going to be. You know, the game that we did didn’t last long because we ended up with a penalty. But there’s teams that have already gone through it quite a few times and they’re kind of catching on to what needs to be done here. So we’re kind of watching those situations from the coaches’ eyes and trying to grab what we can from it so that when our turn comes we’ve had a little bit more information.

On if they have the space to try regrouping in a 4-on-4 or 5-on-5 situation…
Well you know what, I’d say 90 percent of coaches would prefer getting pucks in deep versus going back and turning it over in the neutral zone. It ends up either in your net or in your own end. So they take that approach versus…the 3-on-3 you go back to chances of…again there’s not two or three guys coming at you so the chances of turning pucks over are a lot less than 5-on-5.

On if the physical size of goaltenders is an issue…
Well I think, you know, you look at our goaltender Gus [Jonas Gustavsson] or even Tuukka [Rask] who’s tall versus Gump Worsley or something like that. There’s definitely a difference, but again we didn’t change the size of the rinks because of the size or the speed of the guys up front because they’re bigger too. So again, I just keep going back to the same thing, Joe. Why are we always looking to punish the goaltenders, you know? Let’s make something that’s… again, if you make bigger nets they goaltender has to change the way he plays. He’s grown up playing the same way and all of the sudden he’s in the NHL now he’s got to change something, you know. We’ve stopped goaltenders from going behind the net in certain areas so that, you know, we’d give teams more chances to forecheck. So now we want to take away or make the nets bigger. We’re trying to punish the goalies all the time. So that’s where we’re sitting on the fence on that one and maybe not agreeing and looking for other options. I don’t disagree with what they’re trying to do. I’m just looking for other options that would not be so drastic for goaltenders.

On when they practiced 3-on-3 in practice this week and if the team still understood it and remember it…
Yeah I think it was just mostly, too to get a feel of how much space you have and how you want to run through it. That was the goal of the 3-on-3 two days ago was just that they need to experience it again because when it does happen we haven’t really played it that much. We did a lot of it in training camp I think it really helped the guys understand it, now we have to stay on top of it. Just like sometimes, you know, we practice power plays, penalty kills, different parts of our game I think that 3-on-3 has to be a part that every once in a while you throw into practice as well.
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