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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. DETROIT RED WINGS
Monday, September 28 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:30 P.M.
On what he thought of Tuukka Rask’s play tonight…
He was fine. I think that, again, that third goal is probably something that I’ll look at, could be a reviewable during the league, during the regular season I should say. I’m going to look at it a little bit closer. But some of those shots were really top shelf. They were good goals, it’s his first game so like anybody else he’s entitled to have those games. Not those games – it wasn’t a bad game on his part at all. I think he’s our number one goalie and we’re not here to evaluate him, we’re here to evaluate the others. For him, it’s to find his groove. First game and no doubt he’ll feel even better in the next one that he plays.

On the play of Joonas Kemppainen…
I think that whole line was good tonight. I think for the longest of time that was probably our best line. They were generating stuff with their forecheck and creating turnovers and stuff like that. I think the three of them had some decent chemistry there tonight. I didn’t mind that line at all. He continues to be smart, he continues to be strong. I think if anything, a guy that comes here for the first time only gets better with time.

On if he’s been watching the game differently during preseason to determine how he will decide what plays to review…
Well, I think a lot of it’s going to depend. It’s like football, it comes from upstairs, it comes from the people around that get an opportunity to see the replays. More or less, you’ve got to really base yourself on your opinions, and if they think it’s worth challenging then you challenge. Tonight, when I looked at the replay up top I saw the leg behind Tuukka’s pad and kind of dragging it. Now, did it happen after the fact that the puck had gone past his glove and trickled in or did it happen before? So I’ll look at that and even the referees want to learn from those kinds of things. It’s a learning process, so we’ll look at that stuff. My instinct was to challenge that had I had an opportunity to. Absolutely those are things that in preseason you kind of have a mindset on, saying what would I do in this situation here?

On if Kemppainen is less of a work in progress than he thought he would be…
Not from what I saw. Again, I didn’t see him live I saw – again, I keep saying it – I saw him on tapes or videos or whatever you want to call it. He seemed like he was a real smart player, seemed to be in the right positions. When they told me about him and I looked at him, I actually thought he was a pretty intelligent player and with his age he’s got some experience, he’s played pro for a while. That wasn’t necessarily a concern, I don’t think. Biggest thing was, how is he going to adapt to North American hockey? When you’re playing on a smaller rink things happen a little quicker and stuff like that, so he’s shown me that, first of all, he’s not afraid, he stood there in front of our net and wasn’t going to take anything from the other team. I like a lot of things about him and on draws he continues to be strong and smart, penalty killer. We’ll continue to evaluate him as well.

On Chris Kelly helping Kemppainen…
Well there’s some experience on that line and that’s got to help. You know, I thought Kells [Chris Kelly] had a pretty decent game tonight and that line created chances so that was also a positive to take out of tonight. That the so-called fourth line tonight was giving us some offense and some opportunities.

On evaluating communication between the defenders & Rask…
Well all of that definitely comes into play but I think were evaluating more the back end than Tuukka [Rask]. You’re right with that. We had some young d’s here and we’ve got some spots to fill and spots to win and spots to lose. So we’re looking closely at those guys on the back end so that’s the evaluation process. So you look at some of those goals tonight, we didn’t get much help and, you know and that first goal the guy walks right into the slot and [Drew] Miller had a pretty good shot there that hit the corner. That’s not to absolve Tuukka from anything but it’s his first game. We know what kind of goaltender he is. He’s not the guy that we need to talk about and start worrying about.

On the Red Wings’ second goal…
On that second goal, I’m trying to think here. Well no I think if anything, yeah I thought it was a mix up there between our two d’s were we laid it in and you know our righty change our lefty change hoping our lefty would go right and be closer to the bench and somehow he stayed on the same half of the ice. Two young d’s on that one there that allowed them that breakaway.

On David Pastrnak’s growth during the preseason…
He still has to work on a lot of things. I think we like him. We like his game. He’s a skillful guy and like you said he creates a power play just with his speed trying to get through but I saw tonight two-three times were he lost his stick and they weren’t slashes or anything so you’ve got to be able to hold on to his stick. He’s got to be a little heavier with his stick and those are things that you allow a young player to experience and to get better at as he gets older. Again, he’s only nineteen years old so there is a lot of things that we have to be patient with but those are the things I think that he still wants to get better at, stronger along the walls and coming out with pucks. But his speed, his creativity, his shot, you know, this guy puts these on his heels when he attacks against them. You know, to me he’s obviously a much better player than he was at this stage last year.

On how valuable end of preseason games are to young guys…
It’s like that every year, Joe. I agree with that. I think as you get closer to the end, whether it’s the guys that are still around which are obviously the guys that should be around but then at the same time you see certain guys separate themselves from others and we all know that the beginning of training camp you’ve probably got half American league junior players and you only have to dress eight veterans so it’s a different lineup as you get closer to the end so there’s no doubt that it give us a better opportunity to evaluate certain guys that are still in the running here.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On his first game …
Good to get it out of the way. You kind of forget how tough it is out there. It doesn’t matter how much you workout or skate, it’s always different when it's a real game and I definitely felt it. It’s good to get that first one out of the belt and to keep moving on that.

On what he gets out of a preseason game…
I think at this point I focus on myself and getting my game where I feel like it needs to be - it’s just with the feel and everything. Today I felt that timing was sometimes a little off, angles were a little off at times – not natural all the time. Those are the things I need to work on, but I think in the bigger picture too, looking at the breakouts we did a pretty good job today and communication was pretty good too.

On whether he was interfered on the third goal…
I don't know, it looked like it afterword. I mean, [I] made the initial save, I just couldn’t handle it - it hit something and then went in the net. I don't know, I think that’s one of those situations they probably look at during the regular season.

On communication with new defensemen…
Good, I think, as I said I thought today was pretty good. The first period I had to handle it a couple times, the first one of the game I just made a bad pass, but after that I made a couple good passes. A couple guys talked to me where they wanted the puck to be and I think they did a good job in front of the net, clearing some sticks and some players. I think it was good.

On the importance of his communication with the defense being strong to start the season…
Yeah, for sure. Whenever the team dumps the puck to me I think in the perfect world we would like to breakout and then communication becomes a big thing. That’s what we’ve been talking about. Then again, when the defense gets the puck, I need to be talking too. Those are the things we need to be on top of right off the bat because you want to get off to the good start. That’s going to be a big key.

On how many games he needs to get back his timing…
Hopefully not more than two [laughs]. It’s just a matter of getting out there you know? You can stop the puck, but getting out there and getting the feel of the flow of the game and stuff like that. We’ll be alright.

On whether the team needs to better defensively than last season…
Yeah, for sure. I mean we obviously talk about those things we know what we need to do. I think for example today we played a pretty good defensive game, we had a couple breakdowns, but those things happen. As far as protecting our net and getting the puck out, I thought we did a pretty good job and I think a lot of times last year it was poor from us, we were just scrambling around in our own end. Today there was that one phase for about a minute in our own end that ended up costing us a goal, but other than that pretty good.

On the importance of getting the puck out of their own end…
For sure, we’ve been practicing that and trying to get that timing going, making good sharp passes and getting the center support and stuff like that. When that becomes second nature, it’s a lot easier. When we don’t have to be guessing what’s happening out there, that’s a big part of generating that speed.

On the Bruins’ new breakout strategy…
When you’re tired you have a better chance of getting out of your own end - that winger gets caught down low and you just chip it off the wall and go straight to their D and nobody is there then the other team generates a scoring chance and that happened a lot last year, starting a scramble in our own end. I think that it’s been good. We kind of have that support underneath and then we breakout as a unit. When the center gets the puck he has so many more options than the guy on the wing.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND  
On what happened to his leg during the game…
I had my leg kind of out and the guys just kind of hit it, or fell on it or something, and jammed my hip. But it’s fine; it just stung a little bit.

On his on ice chemistry with Patrice Bergeron…
I think it’s coming along, we’re trying to work on it everyday. It might take a little bit of time but it’s a lot better than last time we tried it. I feel a lot more comfortable with Loui [Eriksson] out there; and he’s making good plays and he’s a really good player, so I think we’re going to be a good line.
 
On if it’s easier to work on chemistry during the preseason than in the middle of the regular season…
I think it’s just more pressure in the middle of the year than preseason. It’s more of a time to get the kinks out and kind of work on things like that. It’s expected that that’s what you’re going to do in training camp. Each team has new guys coming in, new faces, so you need that time to adjust and to learn how each other play, and that’s what preseason is for.

On the importance of scoring during the power play even if it’s late in the game…
Yeah, for sure, it’s big. Every game, every situation, you want to make sure you’re working on your game and getting your confidence going for the regular season. You can’t just get into a season, flip a switch and turn it on, you’ve got to work on it and it’s something you want to build on everyday.

On more work put into the dirty areas paying off during the regular season...
Yeah, for sure, it’s how you practice and how you play. Preseason will transfer over into the regular season and into games, and that’s a game that we need to play. We’ve got to be able to go to the front of the net, into the corners and win those battles. It cost us too many games last year and we can’t let that be an issue again this year.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOE MORROW
On how his game has developed throughout camp...
Well, I mean they compete-level everybody, and all the players that are on the team right now and the groups that we have are very high so everybody is pushing each other to make that next step to make the team that much better. So it’s been a really successful camp in that aspect of things of developing people and getting ready for the season.

On opportunities for defensemen with Dennis Seidenberg out...
Yeah, there will always be some sort of sense of urgency to be able to prove yourself night in and night out regardless of how many people are here or if somebody gets hurt or not. So it’s definitely a good opportunity for me; it’s a good opportunity for everybody else as well when somebody gets hurt. You never want to see someone go down like that but it definitely does open up different opportunities for different people.

On how his game has changed since this time last year...
Just kind of more familiarity with things, with the system, with the players on the ice. You kind of grow with them and you develop chemistry and you know how they play and where they’re going to be, so it allows you to play with a lot more confidence and take a little bit more ownership on your game and try and develop more and be a player that’s going to help win night in and night out.

On if the intensity is increasing as preseason comes to a close...
Yeah, I mean everybody wants to be on that day one roster, and everybody is still pushing for a position regardless of how many guys are still here. But it’s still up for grabs, they’re still going to play the best players that are playing the best at the time to win that opening day game and everything after that too. They’re building a team to win this year and to get back to what they’re used to and what they’re known for. So everybody is working towards the same goal.

On if playing with a goalie like Tuukka Rask in net changes his defensive mindset...
I mean, I feel like if you start depending on your goalie more than you should then you’re going to have some pretty big lapses in your defensive system. So, I mean you’ve basically got to play like you have a little kid in the net behind you and every shot is going to go in. But, with such a phenomenal goalie like that that’s not the case and it does have a little more reassurance to it, but at the same time you’ve definitely have to play the same game as you always would regardless of who’s in net.

On who he feels most comfortable playing in a defensive pair with...
I feel like me and [Adam] McQuaid play quite well together, but at the same time a D partner is a D partner. You’re always going to work together to become a pair and it’s so much easier if you have some sort of chemistry with someone and you know what they’re going to do and how they’re going to play. So, you know, you talk to them before the game or during the game or anything and you have to develop it really quickly when they switch up this often. But at the same time, everybody here is a great hockey player and you can’t go wrong with anybody beside you.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On his breakaway…
I just tried to go blocker side. He just read it. There’s a thousand things that go through your head, so yeah, some… some time there, so, you know, he made a good save.

On whether it was encouraging for his line to be able to create the chances they did…
Yeah, I felt… I felt pretty good. I think, you know, as a line we were moving our feet and creating some chances and we were skating well. I think that was the most important part, especially early on. You know, for a lot of us it’s our second or third game and you can see guys starting to get their legs under them.

On what he thought of playing with Joonas Kemppainen…
I thought he played really well. He does a lot of the little things well. He’s a big, strong guy. Does well in the circle and, you know, reads the play well.

On whether Kemppainen is his kind of player…
I think so. I think… he doesn’t cheat the game. He plays the game right. He works at both ends and Max [Talbot] and I are talkers, so we try to make the game as easy as possible for everyone and I thought… I thought he played well.

On what the takeaway is as a group from this game…
Obviously it’s not the outcome we wanted, but I thought for the most part our legs were going. We created, you know, a lot of good chances and you’ve got to take the positives out of that game. You know, the scoring chances we had, they were there. We just didn’t capitalize on them, and, you know, I think you can see guys starting to find their game again. That’s a long time off. To jump back in and expect to be perfect is kind of unrealistic, but I think guys are starting to get better.

On whether he felt or saw a difference in himself…
The last couple of days is really when you see your legs starting to feel a lot better. You’re starting to get into the routine. You go through it every year. It doesn’t matter how much you skate or how much you work out. It’s just… it’s different. It’s different. Camp is different. It’s a lot of volume. The ice isn’t necessarily the best, you know, but today I started feeling better.

On whether playing with Kemppainen is like when he started playing with Carl Soderberg because of their experience with European hockey…
Yeah, I think there’s some similarities there. I think obviously both coming over at a later age and being used to the European hockey as opposed to North American hockey there’s going to be some adjustments, but I think… I’ve only played with him one game and I haven’t really skated with him either because we’ve been in different groups, but you know, he looked good to me. He skated well. He read the play well, and, you know, he’s not afraid of getting in the corners and battling and things like that, so he seems like a North American to me.

On whether he’s been itching to play with some of his potential linemates…
You know, I think everything is done for a reason and, you know, when they figure out who’s going to be playing with whom, I’m sure they’ll let us know, and we’ve still got some time before the regular season. Some practices before, so I think there’s a lot more than just thinking about a couple of guys to try to build some chemistry. I think they’re thinking of the group collectively and what’s best for everyone.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZACH TROTMAN
On the way the defense has improved throughout the preseason…
I think guys are getting used to having more pressure on them on the forechecks, getting used to reads, kind of getting some chemistry with other players and partners. We’ve gotten to play with each other for a couple of games now, so I think you’re going to notice breakouts are a little cleaner and the neutral zone is going to be a little cleaner. Then kind of jump up in the play and stuff and adjusting to that – the tweaks that we’ve made to our system.

On his chemistry with Torey Krug…
I thought it was good. The last game was our first game we’ve played together in a while, so I thought tonight, we did a lot better – myself especially, helping him out on the breakouts and stuff, talking more and knowing where he’s going to be. I thought that was better tonight, and obviously there’s room to improve because we didn’t win, but we’re making strides.

On playing with a player with so much breakout ability…
I mean, it’s nice. It means less work that I have to do most of the time. So it’s nice to play with him because it looks like he’s kind of caught in a pickle sometimes and he’ll, you know, spin or make a fake something and get the puck out of the zone. So yeah, it’s nice to play with.

On the takeaways from Monday’s game…
Consistency. You know, we just need to stick to our game. I thought we came out good. Obviously, had a hard time getting shots on net and sustaining some O-zone time, but we got away from our game a little bit there and that’s kind of what cost us, so just sticking to our game there for an extra seven or eight minutes and that could be the difference in the game tonight.

On playing in front of Tuukka Rask…
He made saves when he needed to. We’ve got to help him out a little more, but Tuukka’s Tuukka. He’s one of the best if not the best. So he’s good. It’s his first game.

On whether he feels like the team takes more chances when Tuukka Rask is in net…
I’m not really the kind of guy who tries to take too many chances. I try to take care of my own end, obviously, so just because he is that good doesn’t mean I need to make him prove it all the time.

On the impact of the adjusted defensive system on his game …
I mean, I’m obviously going to try to join the play when I can. I did in college, I did it in Providence – it’s one of those things where you still have to pick your spots, make sure the breakout’s going to be clean, it’s not going to come back the other way, but I definitely believe I have the skating ability to jump up and still get back at the same time. So yeah, I look forward to continuing to try and find those spots and try to get up in the play and try to create offense.

On whether his defensive partner makes a difference in his ability to execute the adjusted system…
I mean, I’m not going to call Kruger [Torey Krug] out for the rush that he’s joining. That’s his game; he’s offensive. That’s his specialty. So if I see him going, I’ll pull back for him. It’s something you adjust to game to game based on who you’re playing with.

On his personal takeaways from Monday’s game…
I thought the breakouts were better tonight, the entry to the zone was a little better. I’d like to see myself get some more shots through. It’s the beginning of the season – it’s still preseason – so keeping it simple and playing a strong game is the main focus and you build from there.

On his status with the team as the regular season gets closer…
I’m just going to work. It’s where I want to be, and I want to make the most of it, and I know we want to make the most of it as a team this year, so obviously, ultimate goal in mind is to win the Stanley Cup, so it starts now and we need to continue to try to take steps forward and make sure our game is ready to go by October 8th.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On if he feels an extra sense of opportunity to stake his claim on the team because of injuries and because Head Coach Claude Julien wants to take eight defenseman…
Yeah, I think so. I mean I don’t think my intentions have changed coming into camp regardless of anybody getting hurt. You know I want to push for a top spot and I mean that continues now.

On if there’s anyone he’s felt the most comfortable playing on defense with…
Well I’ve only played with Linus [Arnesson] for three games so. But I think we’ve played pretty well. Sometimes. So I don’t know what their plan is to switch things up or no so.

On if it’s important to keep an open mind at this stage…
Absolutely, yeah. You know, it could…I mean even into the regular season it changes all the time, throughout a game so. I’m going to learn to play with a few different guys.

On what’s different in his game now versus one year ago…
You now I’ve worked out a lot of skills and a lot of things over the summer and you know getting my shoulder back, and that’s a done deal now so I’m ready to go.

On if he feels good physically after a couple games under his belt…
Yeah, I think so. You know I haven’t been as physical yet. I think that’s a timing issue. It’s going to come back. And you know the first couple games you’re kind of looking around kind of like, you know, “What’s going on?” Because it’s been a while. But I think now I’m starting to figure it out and you know the timing with hitting and stuff like that will come.

On if it was comforting to have Tuukka Rask behind him in goal…
You know it’s still in preseason I don’t know if I noticed that yet but you know it is good to have Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] back in there. You know he’s a world-class goalie and you know we feel comfortable playing in front of him for sure.
   
BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On if the intensity is starting to increase...
I think so. It was a good game, maybe we didn’t take the puck to the net as much as we wanted, but I think they did a pretty good job defending too. I think we also had some changes to maybe shoot it more, so maybe do it next time – take the puck to the net a little bit more and I think we get some more scoring chances and scoring opportunities.

On what the team takes from the preseason games...
Just you have to take the good things you do out there, and I thought the three other games we played we were really good and we’ve been winning. So I definitely thought it was a good test for us to do today and we were under three-to-nothing late in the third there and I think that’s something we need to work on, coming back in those games. Like I said, they did a pretty good job defending and [Jimmy] Howard made some great saves. Maybe we had some really good chances but we didn’t score those, so it was a tough game in that way.

On the power-play effort to score late in the third...
Yeah, I thought we had some good looks on the other power plays too, and I think we hit the crossbar in the second and we were moving it pretty good. So it was definitely nice to find at least one goal.

On the importance of developing chemistry in the preseason...
It’s important. You definitely want to come in with high confidence and feel good about yourself and your game when the season starts. So it’s definitely important games here to get that feeling that you have that confidence to make plays and play good. So, it’s definitely important.

On playing on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand...
I just try to create chances and play good. We know we’re going to play against probably the best line on the other team when we go out there, so it’s just being good in position and try to play better than the line you play. Of course, they’ve been playing for a while together and they’ve been doing a good job. So I’m just going in there and trying to help them.

DETROIT RED WINGS HEAD COACH JEFF BLASHILL
On how the Red Wings played tonight…
Well I thought we did some good things that we can build off of. I thought obviously Jimmy Howard was really, really good, and that was probably the difference in the game. It’s a great sign to see him, back-to-back he’s been really good. But I thought we had some young guys in there, and I thought they performed pretty well.

On going ahead in the second period after a choppy first period…
The first period there just didn’t seem to be much happening, but that’s the way lots of games go, and you’ve got to find a way to make sure that you continue to build on it. I thought the second period, we kind of traded chances back and forth, and the third period, they kind of took it to us a little bit, but again, Jimmy [Howard] was good.

On if it helps to get a preseason look at a division rival…
Yeah, I mean we know that they have really good players, and we know that they have the opportunity to have a really good team, so I think getting looks at each other is part of what the preseason is. I think the biggest thing for us is, we’re focusing on ourselves and trying to make sure that we become a better hockey team every day.

On if he likes where his team is at right now…
I think we’ve still got lots to get better at, and that will be our focus tomorrow. We have two practices tomorrow, we’ll just focus on getting better.

DETROIT RED WINGS GOALTENDER JIMMY HOWARD
On how he felt tonight…
Getting there, getting better and better each and every game. It was nice to be able to get into a full game relatively early in the preseason. So it seemed to be getting, I wouldn’t say easier, but more and more in tune out there.

On if it’s difficult to be in tune with different players in the lineup during preseason…
Well that’s where communication just comes in handy out there. You’ve got to communicate, especially when lineups are different every single night, and you’re not used to playing with some of the younger guys that are just coming up and making a name for themselves. So, just communicating with each other is probably the biggest thing.

On getting a preseason look at a division rival…
Yeah, they’ve had some overhaul here in the offseason, but they’re still going to be a dangerous team come regular season. Preseason is a little bit of a different beast. Everyone’s just trying to get the rust off and find your game so you can get off to a good start.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD TOMAS JURCO 
On his goal tonight…
Felt great, it has been awhile since I’ve scored a nice goal. It’s a great feeling, for sure.

On how his game has progressed through the preseason…
I’ve felt better each game, just got to get used to some stuff. I just got to get into it and I think it’s going to get better every game.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:50 AM
On if there are any updates on Zdeno Chara…
Yeah, he’s doing better. He skated this morning early and so things are going as expected I guess. It’s all encouraging.

On if he has any idea when he’ll be playing again…
Not right now, I mean we’ve kept it day to day because you know he’s progressing so obviously not tonight. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes here. And you know like anything else we’re going to be more cautious than anything. And you know same thing with David [Krejci] yesterday you guys asked, you know. It’s been a long camp and a lot of guys, you know, started getting a little stiff so we’re over cautious with him – we don’t want anything to go wrong. So we just…this is how we’re handling some of our veteran players.

On his impressions of Joonas Kemppainen…
Good. You know, he’s a real smart player. I think, you know, he’s a big body he’s strong. You know even in positioning and protecting the puck… he’s strong on draws. Like I said I think he’s a real smart player. He’s an easy player to play with – reads the game well and stuff like that, so I like that. I think, you know, right now it’s his first time trying to really get used to North American ice and I think he’s done a great job so far at that, I guess adjustment, if we can call it that. Because you know to me he’s looked good so we continue to evaluate him like everybody else and can’t say that I’m disappointed that’s for sure. 

On Joonas Kemppainen’s offensive skills…
Well from you know I mean…I saw tapes of him, I’ve seen him play our games and obviously upper management has seen him play and you know some of what I watched was from the World Championships and he had an offensive side to him. Like you know when he goes to the front of the net he makes plays and he’s good and tidy around that net and stuff like that so. I think, you know again, you might see more of an offensive side to him as he gets more comfortable. Like any smart player I think you really want to make sure they’re reliable and once they, you know, they prove that they’re reliable they get more comfortable and they start bringing yet other elements to their game. But I know he’s capable of being a decent player offensively as well.

On his impressions of Colin Miller…
He’s been good. You know I think at times I’ve seen a guy who really wants to show that he belongs. And you know maybe at times trying a little too much. But that’s our job to kind of get him to tone down his game a little bit or relax and say, “Listen, you know, we know what you can do,” and stuff like that. But he’s been good I mean he’s got…you can see he’s got a good shot. I like his mobility. He’s a good skater. When you talk about, you know, breaking out of our own end that’s an element that, you know, guys like him can bring to our team because they’re such good skaters. So again, as you can we’re getting closer to our group here. Those are all tough decisions that we’re going to be dealing with at the end.


On what he thought of Colin Miller’s defensive skills…
He’s a good stick, you know. He’s got a good stick. And obviously coming from the [LA] Kings organization, you know, they’re pretty good at the defensive part of the game as well. So I think he’s had good coaching there. And again, if you’re not 230 pounds you have to be smart. You hear me say that all the time. And if you have a good stick and you’re in good position defensively you’re doing your job, you know. Biggest thing is to try and eliminate or at least get the puck back as quick and possible. So whether it’s through physicality or through being smart and having a good stick it doesn’t matter to me. As long as it gets done quick.

On if he liked Malcolm Subban’s progress and what he needs to do to make it to the next level…
Well I think I’ve liked his progress. Obviously he’s a lot more confident, poised and you know determined to you know to be a good goaltender at this level here, you know. I think when you look at him he’s still a young goaltender. He’s going into his third year and you know you’d like for him to kind of take over the American [Hockey] League like you know there’s no reason why to keep him back there and it gives him an opportunity too to mature. I say that all the time. So many goalies need time to mature. And even the ones that come up early and you know there’s some examples out there. It takes them a while to kind of get the hang of what you need to do here and for him to be here and practice more than play I’m not sure that was the right thing for young goaltender so. It doesn’t mean you’re not going to see him back here. I think if you goes there and he plays the way we know he can play down the road he’s going to force our hand again to bring him up or do something. So it’s in his hands. I like the progress he’s made as far as goaltenders are concerned. From his first year to now there’s a big difference. So even that last game...like there was some pretty hard shots coming from that point there and but he played well. He made some, again, some unbelievable saves laterally. He moved across quickly; he made a couple of game savers there so. Definitely liked the direction he’s heading in.

On optimistic he is with the two goalies he has left…
I’m optimistic you know. It’s too bad because you know when you look at a goaltender and you look at another guy that plays up front, you know, whether it’s a defenseman or that he has a tough game and you know you write it off and when a goalie has a couple of tough goals against him right away we write them off. Well he’s entitled to have a bounce back or he’s entitled to be evaluated properly as well. So you know we’re talking about [Jeremy] Smith. And then [Jonas] Gustavsson he’s got some experience we need to look at him too. The possibility is you’ll probably see him in New York. You know Tuukka [Rask] is playing tonight so you know we’re going to try and evaluate the best we can here but we have to make some decisions here. And just because you make a decision at the beginning of the year doesn’t mean you’re going to stick with it either so. It’s a matter of making the right decision and making the right moves moving forward here.

On if Tuukka Rask will play the entire game tonight…
Yes.

On if David Krejci will skate in the second group today…
Yes. He’s skating with the other group.

On what kind of an opportunity this is for younger guys like Austin Czarnik to play with veteran NHL players…
Yeah well we want to see that too. We’re evaluating a guy and no matter what, you know, you get down to, I guess to the last few numbers, you look at different players and even if they’re not here the evaluation we can make on these guys knowing that can be a call up and what they can bring to your team, you know. Whether it’s reliability or whether it’s creativity…you know that stuff. It’s important to see those kinds of things. So you know he’s been with Frank Vatrano for most of camp and, you know, now he’s got an opportunity to maybe play with some more experienced guys and we’ll see what he can do so. Like I said we’re still in an evaluation process here and he’s had a good camp and he’s here because he still deserves to be here.

On the evaluation of the younger plyers going into the final week of preseason…
Well we’re down to three games as you know. So we have to start making some tough decisions here and they are going to be some tough decisions. I’ve been impressed, I’ve been pleased with the number of guys that we’ve had at camp that have really made a good impression. Some of them are already gone, you know, whether it’s back to junior and you know I look at [Jake] DeBrusk as an example. And here’s a young kid that did an unbelievable job at protecting that puck, you know. He’s 18 years old and he’s playing against pros and he’s protecting the puck, and making plays, and taking pucks to the net like he did the other night, and cutting in and not afraid to take that puck to the net. Like there’s some impressive things from some different guys that we’ve seen so. Again like I said, we’ve got some real tough decisions coming up. But again, we’ve had a good number of players here that have really opened our eyes and that’s the encouraging part of it.
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