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BOSTON BRUINS RUNNING QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS DETROIT RED WINGS
Saturday, October 4, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEADS COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:00 PM
On his thoughts on Johnny Boychuk being traded, and where he takes the team from here…
Well I don’t think my thoughts differ from anybody else. I think we’re all disappointed to see him leave. As I mentioned, Peter [Chiarelli] eluded to that in his press conference. It stinks for everybody. He was a good player, he was a good person, very well liked. Unfortunately our game is in that position where sometimes we’re forced to make those unpopular decisions. For a coaching staff, we’ll miss him like everybody else. But we have a job to do, and we feel we have a lot of good players here that we can certainly overcome this. And that’s just the way it goes, and part of hockey, and part of a tough day. You hope we’ll be able to turn the page here and by the time we start the season we’ll be ready to go.

On the young defensemen taking on a bigger role, and how their expereiences last season might help in that regard...
Well it’s certainly going to help. I think there’s no doubt that the experience those young guys got was valuable. But at the same time, we’ve got to remember that we’ve got [Dennis] Seidenberg, we’ve got [Adam] McQuaid back in our lineup, which is two more veterans. That certainly helps that youth maybe not be so young. So those are things. But the guys that got that experience – you’re talking about [Matt] Bartkowski, talking about [Torey] Krug, you know Dougie Hamilton. I think those things will certainly pay off for us.

On who he sees pairing with Dennis Seidenberg now that Boychuk is gone...
I think that we’ll kind of experiment with that. We might try something and hopefully it works, if it doesn’t we’ll find something else. But at the end of the day, I think we’ve got enough good D [defensemen] that we can move around and have a solid six-man D everynight. So that’s where we’re at right now. We have a Seidenberg that can play left or right and has done that his whole career. So I think we’re going to be in decent shape here.

On whether he wants to develop another defensman who can play both sides...
Absolutely. You know, there’s a lot of guys today that were brought up playing a certain position and they hestitate a little bit, and those are becoming a little bit more rare as I guess the new generations come in and they get used to playing that position. There are still some in the league that don’t mind one side or the other, but for the most part a lot of them like to play their strong sides. I think Europeans are the ones that a lot of times from up front or on the back end they don’t mind playing their off wings here. But I think with time those things will all work themselves out. But right now, we’ve got Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] that can play both, and we’ve got four left Ds and three rights right now that are here. So as we speak it works out well that way.

On how he helps the team turn the page from the Boychuk trade and focus on the start of the season...
I think as I mentioned earlier, it stings for everybody and it stung for me too and the coaching staff, and even we were quiet. That doesn’t mean we don’t support – we obviously support our organization and understand why they had to make some of those tough decisions. But it doesn’t mean that the sting isn’t there. And I addressed the team before the game and explained to them that we still have a good group here and that those things happen and everything else. I just kind of wanted to make sure that we were ready to play tonight. You know, it’s always a good thing in a way that we don’t start the regular season until Wednesday, because it’s going to to give us a little bit of time to process that like anything else. And we’ll be ready to move forward here by the time the puck drops on Wednesday night.

On whether the locker room was somber tonight...
I think when you look at our game our guys went out there and played hard. I think we were fine as a group. You know, it just happened. It’s like anything else when you hear the news for the first time it stings a little bit. But the guys are professional enough. I thought they handled it well, they went out there, and they played hard. I congratulate them for that, and they deserve a lot of credit for it.

On David Krejci leaving the game in the second period...
Yeah he had something very, very minor. And he will be coming on the trip with us as well. We just decided not even to try to push it in case it could have gotten worse. But there won’t be any issues there.

On when he will make the final roster decisions...
You had a chance to talk to Peter [Chiarelli], didn’t you? You had your chance there, because he’s the one that’s going to make those final decision for you.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On Johnny Boychuk trade…
I didn’t know that—there was some talk about different things and stuff but I was pretty much shocked. I don’t know, I guess maybe we all just kind of had that hope in the back of our minds that somehow we could all stay. He’s a guy that’s a huge part of this team and for me a guy that always put a smile on my face every day. Always came to the rink in a good mood and was cracking jokes. I think I’ve played seven pro seasons and six have been with Johnny so we’ve been through a lot together. He’s a guy that—I don’t think it’s really sunk in quite yet—but a guy that will be sorely missed.

On trade being a piece of mind for you…
Not necessarily. I don’t look at it that way. I think if anything it’s a reality check. Anything can happen. Just because that one move is made doesn’t mean that more moves can’t be made. You want to prove yourself every day and do what you can to be a part of this team.

On trade being a surprise…
I was really surprised. Again I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet. I guess there was talk about one defenseman having to be moved and I think we all just kind of hoped that there was somehow that we could all stay a part of this group. I think it will take a little time to sink in.

On all D’s having to step up now moving forward…
Yeah it will be a thing that we’ll have to do by committee. It will be probably everybody chipping in a little bit here and there to fill that void and guys will have to step up.

On the trade being an opportunity…
Yeah I guess that just goes hand in hand with the situation. At this juncture you just have to wrap your head around everything. It happened just as I was coming to the rink and I had to put it in the back of my mind to focus on the game and just kept trying not to think about it and trying not to think about it and I still haven’t had a chance to really reflect on it so I don’t really know what to say.

On difficulty moving forward…
You guys all know what Johnny’s personality is. He’s a great friend, a great teammate and a guy that’s just always in a good mood. He’s a guy that will put a smile on your face and the same time a guy that battled on the ice. You knew you were going to get everything from him and that’s what you want from a teammate. You respect that. It will be something that well all have to, kind of, chip in and raise our game to fill that void.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On his thoughts on the trade involving Johnny Boychuk...
It’s definitely – we’re going to miss him. He was a great teammate for us, a great player as well. He always went to battle every night and we won a Cup together so – definitely a guy that we’re all close to and [we] wish him all the best in Long Island.

On what the team will do to compensate for losing Boychuk...
We had depth on defense and I think everybody knew that we had eight guys and that it was an option, something that might happen. And it was Johnny. So, we have plenty of confidence in all the guys that are here right now. That being said, he was definitely a big part of our defense. But, like I said, I feel confident with all the guys I have.

On how training camp went for him personally this year...
I think it went well. I think we all kind of got better as the camp went on. It’s always different and difficult to get to know – there’s always lots of bodies and lots of players early on and then as it shrunk a bit it felt like guys got better playing with one another. We got adjusted and like I said, it’s about getting better and making sure we’re ready for next week. I think we’ve done that.

On if losing Boychuk feels like the end of an era for the team...
I guess it’s the cap era with the salary cap. I think it’s things that are going to happen around the league and as much as I want to see that happening, at some point some difficult decisions are going to happen. Is it a new era? I’m not sure. Hopefully we can create some more memories with the team that we have and relive 2011. It’s always about that. So, like I said, I wish him all the best and I feel great with the defensive corps that we have.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On what Johnny Boychuk meant to the team…
Yeah he’s a big part of this room. For me personally, he was a guy that took me under his wing when I first got here and made me feel really comfortable in this room, and he was a big part. It’s the sad part about the business. Your friends go and it’s tough.

On whether he thought the deals he and Reilly Smith signed may have helped avert that trade…
I have no idea. It’s tough that we had to lose Johnny. Like I said, he’s a big part of this room and a big part of this team, and we’re going to feel the effects of that, so it’s up to us to try and work around that.

On whether the timing of this trade was difficult…
Yeah that can be tough for sure. This is my first taste of it, so this is all new to me. I’m coming into a season where I tried to prepare as best I could, and you look at the group of guys around you and you think everybody’s going to be there, and unfortunately they’re not, so it’s definitely a tough part of it for sure.

On what his initial reaction was when he heard of Boychuk’s trade…
Tough. Another lesson in the business for me. I learned a few things this summer for sure, and it’s always going to be part of it forever as long as this game exists and the cap situation exists in this sport, so it’s tough to see him go for sure.

On whether it is tough to see the logic and long term vision when you know what you have in an individual…
Yeah, obviously we know everything we have in Johnny, and he’s a great hockey player and an even better person and fits in very well in this locker room. Times like this though you trust your GM. We know he’s doing everything he can to make this team a better team, and you just trust him, so yeah it’s tough.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG 
On how the Bruins defensive corps will recover after the trade involving Johnny Boychuk...
It’s pretty sad. He was a big part of our team. He was always a guy that played his heart out every night on the ice and to see him go is tough but that’s how the business goes in the salary cap era. You just have to try to move forward and pick up the slack he left.

On what the feeling in the locker room is like after the trade...
I mean everybody understands that it had to be done because there was no room and that’s why it happened. For us, again, we have to move forward and focus on the regular season on Wednesday and that’s about it.

On if Boychuk knew there was a possibility that he would be traded...
He definitely talked about it but he handled it very well, I think. He knows that he’s in a good spot moving forward whether it’s with his current team or wherever it’s going to be. But he knows that he’s got a good few years ahead of him and he’ll be all set.

On if he was surprised by the trade today...
A little bit. The first time I heard of it was when Johnny [Boychuk] said bye to everybody in a group text. So, I was kind of surprised. I think everybody knew that something was going to happen eventually; it was just a matter of time. But, I didn’t expect it today or [it to be] Johnny.

On what he thinks of the defensive unit moving forward...
I think we’re set up pretty well. I think, again, we have a good mix of young guys and old guys. Guys can really move up-ice and catch the plays out defensively. I think everybody brings something to the table and I think we’ll be good.

On if he wonders who his defensive partner will be...
I mean it’s been like this the last few years so it doesn’t really change anything. For me, it’s just trying to play wherever they put me and trying to do it well.

On how he felt in this year’s training camp...
It was a pretty rough start, but I think that was a little bit expected. I improved from game to game I would say. But again, I’m never satisfied and always want to improve.

On if he is ready to carry an unusually heavy load to make up for the absence of Boychuk...
I think so. I feel well. Now we’ve got a couple days off and I think we’ll be ready.

On losing Boychuk so close to the start of the regular season...
It’s pretty tough. He was a big part; he was a funny guy like you know. He was very vocal on and off the ice and everybody loved him. We lost our D.J. so that’s another tough part. So, it hurts that he left.

On how the trade will affect the team short and long term...
It remains to be seen. We’re just starting our regular season and I think we’re ready to go. I think we have the guys to pick up what he left and we’ll see.

On how he and Zdeno Chara will handle being the veteran defensive players...
I mean, I think the young guys are very advanced and handle themselves very well. They don’t really need a lot of leadership to know what to do and how to play. Where we can help we do, but I think overall they’re all set.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On being close with Johnny Boychuk…
… and shared a lot of special times together so definitely going to miss him. He called me after it happened. It was definitely an emotional phone call between the two of us, and all you can do now is just wish him all the best in his future.

On how hard Boychuk’s trade is given what he meant to the team…
Yeah, well-liked, like you said, popular guy, not just off the ice, for who he was off the ice. Everyone respected him for what he did on the ice just as much. A warrior, a guy who played the way that he did and didn’t miss too many games because of his durability and I think he was a big part of this team, kind of helping solidify that defense corps that we were able to get to that next level, that championship level, and as a guy, as a teammate, just as an overall person and a professional, he’s, I think he’s deeply going to be missed.

On whether it is hard to envision how they are a better team without Boychuk…
It is hard, but you look at our management and their track record and what they’ve done over the last seven years and what they’ve done with the teams that they’ve put together. They’ve always done a great job so as a player I’ve never questioned any of the moves that they’ve made trading big names like even [Phil] Kessel and [Tyler] Seguin and we’re still able to be an elite team in the NHL, so we trust that the management believes in the guys that are in this room, and we have to believe in each other as well.

On whether he thought a move like this had been averted when Reilly Smith and Torey Krug signed their deals or whether he was surprised when the trade happened…
To be honest, I didn’t even know what to expect. I had no idea what management was thinking. I was more focused on just trying to get myself ready to go with the injury and all that type of stuff more than what was going on from that standpoint, and the move was made. You hope that what we got in return can turn into some pretty valuable players, and still as a player I think there’s a lot to look forward to heading into this season even with this deal.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On Johnny Boychuk trade…
Well I think that we all really feel that Johnny is such a great teammate. Always loyal and always willing to do whatever is being asked for him. It’s not very easy to see one of your teammates and good friends to be traded but I’m sure that everybody tried their best to keep the team together. We have to move on. Obviously we wish him all the best. He will always be very much missed and all of the memories we have while he was playing here are always going to be with us.

On making the team worse while trying to win a cup…
Well you don’t know if it’s going to make us worse. It’s something that I guess I really wish that we’d be able to keep everybody together for a long time but you always try to improve the team. At certain times it’s not always easy, like I said, to keep certain guys in positions. Sometimes, as we know, it’s a game of numbers and we know who were talking about right now.

On tonight as a shock when the season starts Wednesday…
Yeah I mean it’s something that we have to turn the page on. Focus on what’s coming up. You have to be willing to adjust to these kinds of situations and moves. Sometimes they come early in the season and sometimes they come right before the trade deadline. It’s just one of those things that you have to be able to take and then basically move on. Like I said, were all going to miss him. We all know Johnny was such a great teammate on and off the ice. He was always happy, always made it very fun but it is what it is. Sometimes things like this happen and players can’t control them.

On winning the cup with Johnny…
Yeah like I said, Johnny was always such a fun guy to be around. His presence was always such a gift for this team. Winning is always something that’s always on top of the list. For sure, those memories will always stay with all of us.

DETROIT RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On the shootout…
Well, we scored, and they didn’t.  So, it was good to win.  Obviously, they have a real good team, and they had a real good team dressed tonight.  [David] Krejci must’ve pulled a groin or something—he left.  But I thought our kids played hard, and it’s an exhibition game, but we look forward, just like them, to being done and starting the regular season. 

On the Red Wings’ chemistry…
Well, to be honest, we just played a bunch of kids tonight, so a lot of the real guys weren’t playing, so those lines aren’t going to be the same starting Monday. 

On if the performance of the young players…
They played hard, and I was impressed with our group today.  We had a stinker last night in Toronto; we were embarrassing.  So, today it’s good to bounce back and play hard.

On specific improvements from the last game…
Well, we just were on the puck; we played harder.  We were a little more organized.

DETROIT RED WINGS GOALTENDER PETR MRAZEK
On whether this win gives the team confidence closing out the preseason…
It’s always good when you finish preseason [with] a win, so I think we are ready for our season.

On how much stock they put in the score of a preseason game…
You’re getting used to the system and [you] try as hard as you can, so we played really well today and I think that all preseason games were a good effort from everyone.

On how he feels about this team heading into the regular season…
We’ll see what happens, but I think we have a really good team. We’re trying really hard to go to the playoffs and be confident, so I think the team is going to be really good.

DETROIT RED WINGS GOALTENDER JIMMY HOWARD
On where the team’s performance at this point in the preseason…
Well, we haven’t even played a game yet together as a team.  We’ve been pretty much split up here from the get-go at the start of camp, so we’ll see this coming week how everything comes together for us.  This is probably one of the better preseasons we’ve had in a while, so it’s good to see.  I think guys came back in shape and ready to go. 

On why he believes it’s been a good preseason…
I think the disappointment over the last couple of seasons—early round exits in the playoffs—for us, it’s high standards being part of the Red Wings organization.  We need to perform better. 

BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI PRESS CONFERENCE AT 4:30 PM
Opening statement…
Today as you know we traded Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders for a second round pick this year which is Philadelphia’s pick that they had acquired. Second round pick next year and a conditional third round pick this year if he’s traded to the Eastern Conference throughout the remainder of the term of his contract this year, so a little bit of protection. This is a tough trade we. We all like Johnny. I spoke with him shortly after the trade was consummated. I told him ‘you know Johnny; we brought you here from Colorado. You did everything we told you to do. You got better as a player. You were patient. You got better. You’re a part of the fabric of the team and this was really hard to do but there’s an element of business to it, an element of hockey and we tried to get ahead of it a little bit.’ He was upset, I was upset, I’m still upset. He’s the one who’s moving. That was my exchange with him. This deal was bordered around a couple things, one our cap situation, two trying to be proactive on team planning. I look at this a little bit globally like this may be one in a series of two or three steps throughout the course of the year. I wish I could do everything at once. We were involved in some deals for players and as I said to you back in June or July, this is stuff that we have to peck away at. Unfortunately this is the type of stuff that comes first. I feel like we got very valuable return. Those are real viable picks that can be used to draft players or acquire players.

On the trade being a cap issue versus getting good return Johnny…
You know what Joe, it was both. I’m not going to put a number on it. Part of my job is projecting the market and I see where Johnny’s market is going and all the strength to him. He’s earned it. He’s winning battles and he’s a good player, he’s earned it. Part of it was that. Part of it was doing some housekeeping for our cap issues and part of it was the strength of the return. That strong return. You look at those three things and you make a decision to move forward. How does it impact our team? He was very well liked and I’m sure the guys are bummed and they’re probably a little bummed at me for doing it. It’s about making the team better now, tomorrow and the next day. Arguably this doesn’t make us better now, obviously, but it’s something that when I look at it in a series of steps it’s the right move.

On decision to keep him and let him walk or getting a return for him…
We’ve got a lot of people to sign and your right there’s a list of priorities and part of my job is to prioritize things. That’s a little bit of how it shakes out. I’d love to keep this team together player to player as long as I could if I felt it was prudent on the hockey front and the financial front. And I’ve tried to keep the critical mass together and I’ll continue to provide the right moves for the organization. Your right there’s a lot of factors involved. We could have kept him and—you know if we keep him were not trading him at the deadline. We keep him were using him so that played into the fact. You can see what you could have gotten at the deadline but I don’t weigh that as one of the factors here.

On defensive depth…
That’s part of it too. We have guys that are going to step up. They’re not the same player as Johnny. We’ve got players that are returning from injury in Adam McQuaid. We’ve got players that are coming into their own in Matt Bartkowski. We’ve got a player in Dougie Hamilton that’s really picking it up. We’ve got Dennis Seidenberg coming from injury, shaking the rust off. He was good last night. He’s getting better every day. We’ve got Zee [Zdeno Chara] who’s trained in a terrific way this year. He’s increased all his performance metrics. You have to rely on the other D picking up the slack and that was in our equation as to what the other D would do. There’s a bunch, if you heard me, I’m sure you did hear me prior to the camp starting, about mixing and matching the lines and seeing what the pairs are and we went through that process and came up with this.

On who’s moving up for D…
I’ll leave that up to Claude [Julien]. Obviously we’ve had discussions about it. I feel like he’s got some tools in the toolbox. We’ll see how the performance goes. We’ll see how this first part of the season unfolds. At the end of the day he’s got to decide.

On what’s next on the agenda for Peter Chiarelli…
I don’t know, gotta to check. Just see how the team performs to start the season. We have a couple of combinations and permutations that we can start our roster at on Monday. So you may see a couple of recalls and the fact that we put Cunningham and Jordan on waivers today, doesn’t mean that their cut it means it gives us flexibility to move them up and down. So just kind of piecing the roster together, getting the roster done on Monday and preparing for Wednesday.

On where the team is in terms of cap space…
I don’t know exactly. I mean, obviously we’re in a much better spot than where we were. For me to explain what we have to do to invoke the LTI – there’s two scenarios: one invoking it prior to the start, and one invoking it after the start. When you do it one way, certain players with bonuses are treated one way. When you do it the other way, certain players with bonuses are treated the other way. So I want to see what happens tonight. You know, there’s some players that are auditioning tonight. So we’re still up in the air.

On his impressions of Simon Gagne and whether there have been any talks about a contract…
My impressions are that he’s getting better. I think he’s skating better, he’s starting to get his hands back. He’s been away from the game – he’s skated for most of the year, but he’s been away from the game for the whole year. I spoke with him this morning, and I made a proposal to him in the sense of, ‘Look Simon [Gagne], I see you getting better, I want you to stick around and practice with the team.’ He didn’t say yes or no, but I think he suggested he would want to stick around. He feels that he’s getting better. So that’s kind of a play-it-by-ear, day-by-day see how his legs feel, see how his hands feel, and just kind of see how it goes.

On the idea that losing Johnny Boychuk won’t help the team make a Stanley Cup run this year, versus long-term planning…
A lot of people have been saying that. But I mean, you’re right – trading away a good player like Johnny [Boychuk] who plays number three in minutes and plays on that second pair defending and shuts down – you’re right. Now, having said that, we’ve got players that we feel can fill – not with Johnny’s shot, but with either their skating or their strength. We’re getting players back. So it’s a tough call. He’s a good man and he’s a hard player. You have to make the call taking into account the five or six factors that I went over. As far as the team, I feel good about the team. I think there’s still areas where we can tweak, and that’s my job over the course of a shorter period of time – shorter meaning I’d like to see how these guys look in 10, 15, 20 games. We’ve got some young players that are pushing, and we’ll see how that goes. So it’s easy to say, ‘Let’s keep keeping the team together and it will subsequently be as we won four or five years ago it will be the same team and we’ll win.’ Now, it doesn’t happen that way. Dynamics change, people change, the way they approach things change. And I’m not trying to keep refreshing, it’s just that we want to get better and sometimes you can’t do it in one step. That’s how I see this.

On projecting the market for Boychuk and whether they tried to see if he would do something this year…
No.

On wanting to get a look at the team over the course of 10-20 games, and whether it’s safe to assume there won’t be any other moves in that time period…
There might be. A lot things can happen. So there might be. I mean, you want to see how the team gels and gets together. There’s some new dynamics going on – some new faces and some new dynamics. So you want to see how that goes.


On whether these will be the seven defensemen on the roster, including David Warsofsky…
Yes.

On David Warsofsky being on waivers, and whether that is the same situation as he mentioned with Jordan Caron…
Same waivers. When a player goes through waivers he’s either claimed or he clears. When he clears then you have the option to send him down and pull him up, and send him down and pull him up, all within 10 games or 30 days from the start of the season. So what I told those two guys was, ‘We’re putting you on waivers. It doesn’t mean we’ve made decision, it means that we’ll see how the rest of the weekend and Monday turns out.’ And at least if they clear it will give us flexibility to send them down and pull them back up. Again, that’s more about what I was saying about invoking before or after on your LTI exemption.

On the timing of those waivers…
Today at 12, tomorrow they clear or are claimed. 24 hours. So they were on today at noon.

On the situation with David Pastrnak and whether he can go to Providence or not…
He can go to Providence. There’s something in his contract that says that the player shall have the right if assigned to go to Södertälje in the Swedish league. So it’s going to be a collaborative decision as far as where or when or if he will be assigned. So don’t put pressure on David [Pastrnak] like, ‘Hey what are you going to do?’ There will be a thousand Tweets saying here’s what David [Pastrnak] is going to do. I’ve had discussions with his agent. And I thought he acquitted himself well last night, he’s playing tonight.

On whether there’s a chance they keep David Pastrnak for the first few games to get a better look at him…
That’s a good question. Maybe we do part of that in the minors and part up. You know, I really brought him and Linus Arnesson over too to get them some games, and we didn’t get them for either. We got two for David [Pastrnak]. So we might. We might put him down and play, or maybe he lights it up tonight and it’s like how could you not put him in the lineup?

On whether there is an exemption if he plays a certain amount of games in the AHL…
I’ve got to give you guys CBAs. So I might be wrong on this I’ll have to double check, but there’s no contract slide or anything – I’m not wrong on that – if he goes and plays in the American league – sorry there is a contract slide – it pushes. There is a professional game requirement – professional American league games, but it’s for 20 year olds, so he’d be an 18 year old, so that takes away from waivers. If David [Pastrnak] is a waiver player in three or four years then… I don’t think that will be the case.

On whether Pastrnak could play the entire season in the AHL and his contract would slide…
Yes. And that’s because he’s a first-rounder under the Swedish transfer.

On whether Linus Arnesson has gone back to Sweden…
Yeah you know what, we sent him back. He was ready to go back. And that’s my omission that we didn’t let you guys know. He’s back with his Swedish club.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On Providence players going back to Providence…
Yeah they all went back last night after the game. We’re anticipating probably recalling [Ryan] Spooner for tonight again. So far that would be the only one.

On looking at Spooner on the wing again…
Probably yeah.

On assessment of Gagne…
Just the fact again, I sound like I’m repeating myself, but just the fact that I’ve seen him get better as camp has progressed. When a guy like him who’s been in the league, had some success who’s got some experience has been off for a year and you see him improving, you’re a little intrigued on what kind of progress he can make. We’re gonna have a tough decision to make with him. We want to certainly give him that opportunity for his sake and for ours. A little intriguing. I don’t have a real opinion on him yet because I think there’s still some things that we think he can get better at, and whether it happens or not that’s another thing but I guess the assessment would be progressing.

On tonight changing your mind about Gagne…
Well it could, and I’ll tell you why because I felt that our team—you weren’t there were you yesterday? I didn’t think so—I feel that our team yesterday looked a lot better after having a day off. Training camps are tough. You’re starting the season, its grinding and I thought the day off that we gave them this week really helped everybody. He hasn’t had a chance to showcase that. He may be a lot better tonight after having that rest like everybody else did.

On Malcolm Subban’s camp and potential…
I think he had a good camp and the second question is yes. He’ll play in this league but he’s a young goaltender and we all know that goaltenders always take—or we feel goaltenders need some time to develop a little more than the players playing up front and I don’t think he’s any different. If you look at Tuukka [Rask] I guess Tuukka is a good proof of that. He paid his dues in the minors, he was patient and he comes out and becomes a number one in the NHL and is a Vezina Trophy winner. I think Malcolm [Subban] is a lot in that same boat. I see a guy from last year to this year, and we remember the game he played here against Detroit. He kind of felt that after a few goals he kind of lost his focus. Last night he was on top of his game from start to finish and he made some good saves. He was good in tight sealing the post and all that stuff. They had some rebound chances and that kind of stuff that he handled very well. So I saw progression. Last year they shared but I think Svedy [Niklas Svedberg] had most—a little bit more of the games and probably this year’s gonna be his opportunity to take over in Providence eventually and hopefully or possibly we see him here at some point this year.

On confidence with Malcolm filling in as a starter…
Oh absolutely, I think what he showed yesterday, and I’ve said that before, he’s probably one of the quickest goaltenders I’ve ever seen go side to side. He’s got that quickness and good reflex. Certainly he’s a guy that I’d feel confident, watching him play, if he was called up I wouldn’t have any issues with that.

On assessment of Craig Cunningham…
Well I think that’s why he’s still here. We appreciate that. We feel with [Greg] Campbell’s injury right now and different things, it’s a guy that we have to have a serious look at whether it’s the start of the season, whatever the case may be. He’s certainly a guy that’s paid his dues down there, he’s worked hard and he’s earned that opportunity here. Again he will be part of those tough decisions we make here before opening game here on Wednesday.

On being good to see Campbell practicing…
Yeah and he’s a month behind, as you know because of that. To have him back skating and we know how Soupy [Greg Campbell] is, he’s a pretty eager athlete. He wants to get back in there with his teammates and he’s going to work hard at its going good so far and it’s encouraging to see him on the ice, period. He started the other day and we’ll see how he progresses here as he goes along.

On Campbell still being doubtful for Wednesday …
Absolutely.

On Warsofsky playing tonight…
No.

On reasons why Warsofsky didn’t play last night either…
There’s other kids trying to get jobs too. No he hasn’t, Matt. We have a lot of our veterans that stayed out of the lineup last night that have to play in the last preseason game. It’s tough sometimes to make those decisions but you have to make them.

On confidence in the young forwards that played last night…
Some of them had good camps and we just felt that they’re not quite ready yet. Other guys had mediocre camps that we felt that we would have liked to see better camps out of them, and they felt that way too so it’s not just my opinion. Some guys felt like they didn’t have as good of a camp as they would have liked. But you bring a lot of those guys back that you feel are your good prospects last night, and they all did well. All of them, I thought, played a pretty good game. I think [Alex] Khokhlachev and obviously everyone who followed the game or saw the stats, Spooner played his best by far game last night. Sometimes the reality of things makes them react and a lot of those guys—[Seth] Griffith had a great camp and again he played well last night. When you give him an opportunity to score, he will score but there’s still some areas I think Griff needs to work on. He’s not a very big player and when you play wing you have to be strong along the walls and D’s are pinching nowadays, so there’s little things. There’s a lot of guys in Providence that talent-wise they can play here. Skill-wise and skating-wise they can but the parts of the game that you can’t always teach, and it’s about will, determination and experience in the minors you can’t buy here. So sometimes it’s about going there and working on that part of their trade and you hope down the road that you’re going to see them with your team.

On judging players on years they have played in the minors…
Yeah that’s exactly it. We’re trying to I guess—Fluto that’s a good question—were trying to balance all of those things in our decisions. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet a little bit there and say there might be some growing pains and then for some players it’s about going back to the American League and learning those things. For others the best way for them to get better is by learning it here right now or improving at this level here because they’ve done all they can in the American Hockey League. All of those decisions come into play and for other guys it’s a young player, and we’re gonna use [David] Pastrnak as an example. It would have been ideal to see him play more preseason games. He’s in the lineup again tonight, again we need to see him. It would have been a lot better if we could have seen him play more and be with us for the whole camp rather just this ladder part. You have to look at the potential that maybe he has and make your decision based on that. Like saying listen, in a month from now—because he missed a couple weeks—a month from now how good will he be or do we just still think he will benefit more from either going to the minors or whatever decision us and upper management decide to go with him.

On Torey Krug and Reilly Smith…
I thought they both played well. When you look at Reilly Smith’s goal it was a beauty, the effort just to get around and stay with it. Really I think it was a real encouraging sign for us as an organization to see those two guys come in late but being so good in their first game. I thought that Torey [Krug] again, when I say Torey made some mistakes there were some areas he looked a bit rusty but overall I thought he played a good game as well. It was refreshing to see those two guys in yesterday and be as effective as they were.
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