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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS FLORIDA PANTHERS
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME
On being able to roll four lines…
Well it’s been really good for us I guess, with this tough schedule, that we’ve been able to spread the ice time around a lot better than we have in the past. That’s been good for everybody. We realize that we’re in a stretch here of playing four in six nights, and when you have to play back-to-back games, it’s important that you utilize your bench as much as you can when you have that luxury. And we do. It’s been good for our team, and it certainly hasn’t stopped anyone from producing.

On getting Chris Kelly ice time on the third line in the third period…
Yeah, just because of the score, I was able to do that. I started him off at center, then put him on the wing, and then moved him up to the third line, just to give him a period of adjustment and to give him that opportunity. When a guy hasn’t played in six weeks, I don’t think we stood there with high expectations more than wanting an opportunity for him to get his feet wet, and to catch up to the speed of the game. As the year goes on, it does pick up. I thought he handled himself well.

On Carl Soderberg still crashing the net in a 6-2 game…
Well Carl [Soderberg] does that even in practice. That’s just his way. I’m not going to say he’s reckless, but he has no fear. It’s great to see a guy like that, with his size, just go in there and get his nose dirty, and it doesn’t matter what time of game. You tell your players to play to the final whistle, and that’s what he does.

On if the Bruins have been scoring more because of stronger defensive zone play…
I don’t think I’ll pinpoint one area, because I just think our overall game has been better. Tonight we had a great start again, which we did last night on Long Island, and that’s been real healthy for our hockey club. I thought in the second period, with that four-nothing lead, you start getting cute a little bit, and you get away from the type of game you want to play, and you get a little bit of a setback. But we were able to reel our team back in in the third period, and come back and play the way we want to play, so that made a big difference. It’s just our overall play. We’re a committed group right now. We seem to be excited to play. We seem to have the right energy. You can sit here and try and figure out the reasons why all night long, but the season’s a long season, and every team is going through that at some point.

On what he expects in Thursday night’s game against Montreal…
I think right now it’s really important that we continue to look at our game. Our game’s been good, but it’s always a good game against the Montreal Canadiens, and it’s always been a great rivalry. But let’s not look at it so much as a rivalry more than we need to continue bringing our game to the table every night that we’re playing this week, and finish it off on a good note here with five games left before the Olympic break. And that’s where our whole focus is, and you’ve got to try to not get dragged into this big build-up that we have every time we play them.

On if the Bruins benefited from their break last week…
There was, there’s no doubt. You talk to the players, and it’s easy to get a day off here and there, and tomorrow they do have a day off. But you get two days off, it makes a big difference. The first day, you just try to unwind. That second day, you feel like you’re getting the rest you really needed. So I thought that was huge for our hockey team, to be able to keep them away from the rink for two full days. They came back last week with lots of energy, and the next two days at practice before we went to Philly. I think at this point, guys aren’t going to get out of shape, so we don’t have to worry about that. But the rest is a big thing right now, and we had that luxury that we took advantage of.

On the Lucic-Krejci-Iginla line…
They were good tonight. The [Patrice] Bergeron line was good another night. Soderberg’s line scored, so our scoring is spread out pretty well. I don’t think you can really focus on that one line, although it is a good line, we’ve been fortunate to get some goals. The highlight goal tonight came from a fourth-liner, so we’ve got to listen to this for the next week [laughs].

On if it mattered who the opposing goaltender was tonight…
No. We’ve played against Tim [Thomas] in Florida. He’s been here, although he didn’t play, he was up in the press box. Eventually, you kind of turn the page. For us, we did our scouting report on the goaltender like we always do, every game, and it was as simple as that. So it didn’t really matter. Tim’s always going to be a part of this organization for what he’s done, but right now he’s on the other side, and we just have to look at him as an opposing goaltender.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the fans tossing hats and thinking he scored a hat trick…
Yeah I thought it was mine I felt something off my chest, but either way I still was able to get rewarded tonight. It’s been tough as of late in the goal-scoring department, but I felt – especially in the last three games in Philly and even today – that I was getting more shots, more scoring opportunities in scoring areas where it’s a high percentage. So it was good to get rewarded. I’m sure they’ll look at that one again, like I said I felt something and hopefully it is mine. But like I said if not, good shot by Zee [Zdeno Chara].

On whether Tim Thomas came out at him on that goal…
Yeah well he’s an aggressive goaltender he always has been, I think that’s one of his strengths and it’s been one of his strengths for a long time. So I was just trying to get in position while [Dmitry] Kulikov was trying to box me out there, and Timmy [Tim Thomas] was aggressive on that, and a couple bounces our way and it ends up in the back of our net.

On his line producing now that they are breaking out of the defensive zone…
Well I think that has everything to do with it. I think that’s the biggest factor – that we’re able to get out of our zone cleanly, and get going on the rush, and then establish some o [offensive] zone play. We had a tough stretch there in early January kind of in the middle of January there where we weren’t doing our job by producing, and we kind of got it started in the Dallas game there by getting some results and that’s what we have to bring. Like you said, it all starts with our play in the defensive zone, and being able to get out and make good clean breakouts and supporting each other all over the ice and that’s what gives us success.

On whether watching the other lines have success motivates his line to step up…
Yeah and Iggy [Jarome Iginla] had a big night in Philly as well. So you just wanted to kind of keep this good feeling going. We kind of talked about turning things around starting in that two-game road trip in Dallas there. And it seems like our game is definitely moving the right direction. I think the biggest thing is that we can’t get complacent or even bored of playing the right way, and you saw that in the second period there where we kind of hit a lull and started to cheat and get away from what’s given us success as of late. But we got back to it in the third period and we’re going to need that moving forward.

On whether they want to finish strong heading into the Olympic break…
Yeah you obviously want to end off on a high note before the break. Obviously for guys like Krech [David Krejci] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Zee [Zdeno Chara] and Tuukka [Rask] and Loui [Erikkson] they want to get on a good roll heading into the Olympics to represent their countries. Obviously they’re all playing real well right now. As a team has success individuals have success as well. But I think for all of us individually and as a team we want to end this off the right way before the break starts.

On whether Jarome Iginla was trying to pass on the first goal…
Yeah he was trying to pass. I kind of yelled at him that he had time and then he saw me off to the side and he made a good pass, and I was able to get that one. [Did Tim Thomas get a piece of it?] Yeah he got a piece of it and I was able to pounce on that. And then the second one, Iggy [Jarome Iginla] was in front of the net too – actually I didn’t even see the puck I just tried to get my stick in there and it ended up bouncing in the right spot. [Did he poke that one loose?] It was either him or me right before that one. So like I said, when it’s a tough time getting goals you just kind of have to go in those areas and try to find the dirty ones. More times than not you’re going to score that way in this league than the pretty shot from the high slot bar down. But like I said, it was nice to finally get rewarded here.

On everyone contributing and at least eight players being in the double-digits for goals…
It’s huge because it doesn’t put so much emphasis on one guy scoring all the goals. We’ve never been a team with a 50-point goal scorer or anything like that. We’ve always had success by having different guys stepping up at different times, and our team play is what has given us the most success. It seems like the lines are clicking and the line combos that are together right now I think that’s why like you said eight guys have been able to hit that double-digits in goals. But in saying that, we want to keep pushing for more. I think it’s great that it almost seems like we’re pushing each other to want more, and I think that’s a good thing to have in this room.

On how he would rank Shawn Thornton’s goal…
It will definitely be a highlight of the night around North America. I would say for right now I would put it in the top three or four of goals of the month. It was awesome to see him do what he did there, and I know everyone had a good chuckle because we love seeing him score and get rewarded when he does. It almost seems like when he does score he gets the pretty ones, and that one was probably his prettiest since he’s been here on the Bruins.

On whether it was ‘just another game’ facing Tim Thomas…
Then again, it was the first time playing him back here in Boston where he made this his home as a goaltender for six or seven years. You can’t take anything away from the success he had here, and how hard he competed and they type of teammate that he was in that sense and how hard he battled as a goaltender for the Bruins every night. So I think it did mean more playing him the first time in Boston over playing him in Florida. You know, he’s still a great goaltender. And we just wanted to play our game and come out on top like we did.

On whether they are able to play with more effort knowing they will get a break soon…
Yeah like you said because you know you are getting some good time off – and almost much-needed time off in that sense with how many games and travel and all that stuff that’s been thrown at us with this Olympic schedule. So you want to give it all you’ve got with these five games left because really there’s nothing to save it for with a two-week break. We have talked about that definitely – about leaving it out there before the break, and we have five more games to do that and keep staying sharp and staying on our game and keep pushing for more.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On winning three straight game leading up to Montreal on Thursday…
It wasn’t an easy road trip, but I thought we played well. We played with a lot of jump and a lot of energy. Even tonight, we played a strong game I thought for most of the game. But still, there are things to improve upon and for sure we got to get ready for next game. It’s going to be a big game. We just got to continue to play the same way.

On the last six games being his best stretch of the season…
Anytime you capitalize on the chances you have, it shows on the scoresheet. It makes a big difference when you’re playing with a lead, especially this time of the year. These games, it’s way better than creating chances and not scoring, and then all of the sudden they score one and it’s a different game. For sure, it’s a much better feeling to play with a lead.

On getting a standing ovation from the crowd recognizing his 500th career point…
These fans are great. I can’t thank them enough. I really appreciate it and I didn’t expect it, obviously. I was little bit uncomfortable over there. What can I say? Like I said last night, it’s a privilege to play in this league with these kinds of players and compete against the best. I’m very fortunate to be able to reach that milestone and stay healthy. It’s never been my priority, so it’s a great thing that the fans showed. I really appreciate it.

On facing Montreal for the first time this season at home on Thursday…
Yeah, the schedule has been a little bit all over the place. For sure, it’s going to be a big game. We have a few left before the [Olympic] break, so we want to for sure finish on a strong note.

On the team learning to close games out…
Yeah, we started to play a little bit away form our system.  You could tell that it started to be a run and gun game, and that’s what we have to be careful of and not fall for that. We just got to keep playing the same way, not score. But then again, we were going into the third and we’re again back to our ways.

On describing the team’s play right now…
I think that we’re playing a lot with what we are known for and what the identity of our team is. To be honest with you, it’s a lot of fun to be on that kind of a roll.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On what Tim Thomas said after he scored…
The next whistle we had a shift down there and he said “are you kidding me?” He was actually laughing; he was as surprised as I was I suppose.

On how the team has been playing since Dallas…
Yeah, I think everyone’s going. We haven’t really had any passengers from the goalie on out. I think there’s obviously been a few stretches here, five-ten minutes that we get away from it a little bit but we regroup pretty quickly and get back to playing our style of game. I think that’s helped us have success for sure.

On how the team has beat a variety of teams in a variety of ways…
The guys are playing well, they’re playing a pretty solid game all around. Like I said, our style of hockey, we’re not getting into the trap of trying to chase personal stats, we’re still sticking to the way no matter what the score is. Playing our style of hockey and I think that has helped our effort for 60.

On if he thinks practicing against Tim Thomas helped him score his goal…
I don’t know if I ever scored a goal on him in five years in practice so that might have been my first right there. He seemed to stop me a lot in practice. Information? I mean, yeah we’ve played with him, we know how he plays. But that stuff doesn’t really go through my head when I’m coming out of the corner with the puck – what his tendencies are – I’m kind of just looking for where I can go with it and hopefully it works out. Honestly, on that goal, Piesy [Daniel Paille] brought a lot of guys to him and created a lot of space for myself. Being on the back door I think – he was chirping me that I looked him off actually.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On the altercation with Tim Thomas at the end…
He was the one that did it, you should ask him.  I was just going for the rebound.

On making an aggressive play at the end of the game in a blowout lead…
We can’t stop play because there is 30 seconds left, we have to try to score the whole game, I don’t know.

On if any goalie has ever punched him in the face before…
No, I haven’t seen that before.  He hit me in the side of the helmet, I’m fine.

On what the Bruins are doing well right now…
We play strong from our own end through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone; I think that’s the key.  We don’t give up too many chances and then we create some offense as well.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On watching the team play as well as they have since the game against the Dallas Stars…
Yeah they have been playing extremely well. I think for one the work ethic has been there. It’s a big key to success right now is we’re going out there and working hard. Every line is playing well and contributing at some point, so it’s good to see.

On what felt better as the game went on…
Just I think fitting in, just the pace of the game, knowing where to be. I think just the whole feel of the game.

On getting his stride in the third period…
I thought I was put in a position all night to succeed, to do well. Playing with Thorty [Shawn Thornton] and Soupy [Gregory Campbell] was great and I played a little center, a little with them, and then I played with Carl [Soderberg] and Loui [Eriksson] in the third back at center, so that was a full night, but it was fun.

On getting penalty kill time…
Yeah I was glad we took some penalties. [laughing] I thought the whole game went well, and I was used properly, and Claude [Julien] did a good job of playing a guy that hasn’t played in 22 games. Yeah, I felt good.

On the way Tim Thomas ended his career in Boston and whether it was strange…
It was, but I hope – I think with time people forget, and they tend to remember the good things, and Timmy [Tim Thomas] did a lot of good things. We won a Stanley Cup, and that’s something that is special for every guy that was on that team. In 20 years if they have a reunion, I’m sure Timmy will be back. I hope Timmy’s back. I hope everyone is back to reunite.

On whether he thinks the last six games have been the best stretch the team has had this season…
I think it’s more consistent. There’s times in a game where you have lapses, but the lapses that we’re having right now are not too long. They’re a few shifts here, a few shifts there and then we regain focus and get back to playing our system and our game. Watching it, especially the two games, I don’t like watching to be honest, but it’s an easy game from up top and you’ve got to remember that. But I thought they all worked hard and made good plays. Even up top it’s such a different game, and they’re still making the right plays, and it’s good to see the two games that I watched on the road.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On what he thinks about the last stretch of games…
Solid, solid. From that Dallas game on I think we’ve been pretty consistent. It’s resulted – we’ve lost one point out of those games since Dallas and it’s been going the right direction. Today, we got that four -nothing lead and let lose a little bit there but regained our momentum in the third and got the nice win.

On if the defense has become more organized…
Yeah, for sure. I think the biggest thing is we’re doing the job you're supposed to do yourself, not doing the other guys job and when we do that it is more organized and doesn’t look like a yard sale out there all the time. That’s been a great sign, and cutting those goals against down too is great for our defense and the whole team. So it’s a good building block for sure.

On all the goal scoring…
Yeah, we score five, six goals a game you kind of expect to win. I know it’s not going to happen every game but It’s good to have that offense going like that. We’ve been scoring goals because we play our system not because we’re trying to do too much out there and that’s a great sign.

On Shawn Thornton’s nice goal …
I don’t know if I want to pump his tires too much here, I’m sure he’s going to do that himself. It was a nice goal, he wasn’t passing that puck, I saw it, he wanted it against Timmy [Tim Thomas] especially. He got it, I’m sure he’s really, really happy now.

On what it was like to play against Tim Thomas in Boston…
It’s no different. You're more worried about the offense, you're more worried about your own doings. But obviously it’s always fun to play against him. You’re used to being on the same team and we got the W too so that’s good.

On what Tim Thomas said to him in warm-ups…
He was just saying hi. I didn’t get the chance to see him yesterday because we played so I was just saying hi, how are you doing, how are things going, nothing too, too crazy.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On whether they feel that they have had consistency since the matchup against the Dallas Stars…
Yeah we had a tough stretch a long time ago, but the last five or six games we’ve been playing pretty good hockey, so we’ve just got to keep it going. I think we’ve got five games left before the break, so just try to get as many points as we get and go from there.

On scoring six goals in a game and playing with a lead….
They kind of came back a little bit in the game on that power play goal, and it didn’t break us. The next shift was big. We came back at them. We got the next couple goals, and the game was over.

On the last six games being their best stretch this season…
I think we’ve been playing pretty good the last six games. Not only one line but all four lines are putting the puck in the net, so that’s good to see, but we would like to continue playing like that. So like I said before, we have five games left before the Olympic break and try to play the same way and I guess get as many points as we get.

FLORIDA PANTHERS HEAD COACH PETER HORACHEK
On what led to the poor start tonight…
Well it wasn’t a very good effort for the whole game I think.  I don’t think that our guys were in the mindset to play; I think that it was pretty disappointing all the way around.  If your mindset isn’t to go out and compete and play hard then you aren’t going to have any success, especially coming in here.  It starts with that, you’re not ready in the first period in here, they had 19 shots and I counted us with maybe one scoring chance.  I don’t remember very many times we were down in the slot in front of their end, I don’t remember very many forechecks where we kept the puck in their zone.  That kind of effort is not going to go very far so we don’t have a choice but to regroup and move forward but that’s not going to be winning hockey that’s for sure.

On if Tim Thomas’s attention was averted with all the hype surrounding the game…
I don’t really know.  That wasn’t his best game but I don’t think there were a lot of solid efforts from many of the players.  I don’t know who played well, I don’t think anybody did.  I can just categorize it as disappointing and we have to regroup and find a way to be back at our competitive self and try to get back at it in Toronto and play a solid game again.  We are taking the approach of this is a seven game series.

On the power play goal they scored…
It gives you a little something to work with.  There’s some success from some of the things you tried to do and some traffic.  That is overshadowed by the rest of the game, it’s just disappointing.  Like I was saying before we have to find a way to get back on track, we have to find a way in Toronto, call that game three and say ok we have to win that.  It’s 1-1 now, that’s our approach going into it; it’s just really disappointing.  I don’t know if you have been in a playoff game before but if you lost 1-0 or 9-0, it’s still one game.  So hopefully I can throw this one out and the guys can look themselves in the mirror and say that I am ready to compete.  So that’s what is going to have to happen, because that wasn’t very good.

FLORIDA PANTHERS FORWARD BRAD BOYES
On if Tim Thomas felt extra pressure in this game...
He’s, I know he wanted to come in, he wants to play well. He wants to play the way he’s played all season, if not better. This is his old team; he’s got quite a résumé from here, people he knows. It was tough, not only for him maybe not being the way he’s been all year – which has been awesome – but as a team we didn’t help him out at all. For a guy like that to play as well as he has all year and everything he’s done for us, to not play well for him in this game when it’s a big game for him, it’s just too bad. We’ve got to, when we do things like that as a team, we’ve got to realize [that] a guy like that, with as much as he’s done for us, we’ve got to play better.

On Shawn Thornton’s goal...
Yeah, I didn’t know he had that. But it’s, we look at it as different than I’m sure they will. It was a great goal, it was a nice move and stuff but we can’t let that happen at that time in the game. It’s another thing – we’ve got to bear down, we’ve got to play the body. He kind of just did what he wanted to do and made a nice shot at the end, too. But it, those are things that we kind of shoot ourselves in the foot. There’s goals out there that we gave up that are our mistakes and our problems and we’ve got to [not] give them up and limit them to chances that they make, that they create and odds are we win the game.

On the team finally producing on the power play...
Yeah it’s good to do that as long as we continue to kind of keep going and get a few more bounces. It’s a simple play; it’s nothing spectacular. It’s a shot on net and we’ve got to do more of that and hopefully we’ll generate a few more bounces when it comes to power plays but it’s good that we got one at least. Like I said, we’ve got to figure [it] out and keep going with this.

On the team’s lack of production on the power play in recent weeks...
It’s tough because there are times when we create so many chances, so many opportunities. We had great plays and times to score but we didn’t. It’s not as if we were bad, we just didn’t score. We did everything else. So, it’s good that we get one in but there are games that we could have had six on the power play, five-on-threes, we had great chances in Buffalo. I guess it wasn’t as bad as the record might have seemed, but still you’ve got to score at the end of the day.

FLORIDA PANTHERS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On if he had fun tonight…
Well, no. I think I might’ve enjoyed myself watching the State of the Union more. No, probably not.

On the Bruins attack coming at him throughout the game…
They’re a good team. They made the Finals last year for a reason and they played a good game against us tonight, combined with us not playing our best game, myself included. They took advantage of it. They just kept coming at us. They rarely let up. When they did, we scored a couple of goals and then they turned it back up.

On feeling frustrated with Bruins players in the crease…
I didn’t notice them in my crease any more than the other teams to be honest with you. Nobody was really running into me until the end there. [Carl] Soderberg, the play before that he did quite a hard jab and then all of the sudden the puck is up in the air, you’re catching it, and his stick is in my throat. With less than a minute left in a game and they’re up by four goals, 6-2, I took exception to that. But other than that, I didn’t notice. That’s the way the game is played nowadays. Guys are in and around the crease.

On the relief of getting his Boston homecoming out of the way…
Yeah, I guess so. I didn’t expect it to go this way. I felt good going into it. I felt like I was going to play a strong game, and well, you can see the results. The good news is, in this league a loss is a loss. It doesn’t matter what you lose by. A win is a win. It’s one loss in our category but we can look forward to next game to making it a win.

On the crowd cheering him in the beginning of the game and taunting him toward the end…
I didn’t really hear it too much. I hear that everywhere. There was really not a lot of feelings. At that point it was like, let’s get through this game, try not to let any more goals in. I was more focused on what was happening on the ice than what was happening off the ice.

On what Ed Jovanovski said to him after the game…
I don’t recall. I was in my own world a little bit skating off there.

On the difficulty of playing in Boston with a different team…
I felt very comfortable being in this building and stuff. For me, I feel comfortable. Obviously, I didn’t feel as comfortable when they started getting 19 shots in the first period and a couple of goals going in, but I felt comfortable coming into the game. I actually felt very comfortable at the beginning of the game. And then all of the sudden the first goal kind of gets you on your heels—a turnover there and then a power play goal. Maybe it wasn’t a power play, actually—kind of misplay by me on the second goal there. Knuckle puck from Zdeno [Chara] where I tried to reach around and grab it and it went off my glove. That wasn’t a good sign. Still, you got to stick with it. That could’ve been the last goal they scored for the game if things go the right way. Obviously, as you can see, that’s not the way it worked out.

On if he reminisced about his days with the Bruins while he was in Boston…
Yeah, absolutely. Like I said, it still feels very comfortable. I know I’m on the Florida Panthers, obviously, right? I know I’m not on the Boston Bruins, and I’m happy where I’m at and I’m excited to be a part of that organization. But this still feels like a home arena to me if that makes any sense.

On if he’s content staying with the Panthers past the trade deadline…
We’re not out of it yet. We had seven games remaining—now we have five with this road trip starting. We looked at it as a best of seven. The win we got at Detroit was win one, and now today is 1-1 in our series. We’re looking at making up ground. The next few teams that we play are teams that we’re chasing. I’m not looking that far ahead to be honest with you. I’ve got enough games every other day and travel. I got enough on my hands right there.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On if it’s nice to have Chris Kelly back…
Well it’s another body that has been out for a while. [He has] good experience, [he is] a good leader and certainly, I guess, it’s a good time for him to come in now. So we’ll let him work his way in slowly.

On if he will be put back in at center with Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg…
Not necessarily, maybe not at the start. We’ll see how the game goes on here so I’ll work it that way.

On how he has liked Carl Soderberg at center…
He’s done a good job. He’s played center most of his career so it’s not like it’s something new to him. But he’s, again, you look at the goal that he scored, it wasn’t from the middle of the ice but staying wide so he has done a great job as a winger as well. It’s been nice for us to see that when we do have some situations up the middle that we can use him there. But he’s done a good job, even down low – big body, he just kind of battles, he’s heavy – So I think he’s done a real good job there.

On is his experience he’s gained makes him more suitable for other positions…
Well that’s what new guys have to do right? They have to work their way into it and I think he’s done that. He had a little bit of a, I guess, a little bit of an edge there because he was with us at the end of last year. So he knew exactly what he was stepping in to. But he has just gotten better with time and that’s about a guy getting used to North American hockey versus European hockey and getting more confident in that part of the game. He’s had to adjust from being a centerman to a winger so again those are a lot of things to ask a guy to start a season and think that he is going to be at the top of his game.

On if sending Ryan Spooner to Providence was an easy decision…
I think it’s a – you know, he has been really good for us. But at the same time he still has some things to work on. We can look at his point production, at the same time he has no goals. So he’s got to learn to start taking more goals to the net. He’s a great playmaker; he was a minus one player. We knew at times when he got stuck in our own end with his line, he was really struggling with helping out with the D. So parts of his game still has work but there is – to me if he keeps improving the way he has there’s a good future here for him. Love his speed, love his creativity and everything else but when you play in the NHL you need a little bit more than that. He’s going to work on that and there’s probably a good chance you're going to see him here again this year.

On coaching against John Madden who he coached…
John’s always had a pretty good hockey mind and that’s the thing that kept him in the league for so long. He was a smart player in New Jersey for many, many years. He was utilized, with Pando [Jay Pandolfo] actually, to play against other teams top lines and he shut them down. So he’s got a really good hockey mind so I’m sure they’re taking advantage of that. Again, he’s a good face off guy so probably helping out in that area as well. But I think a lot of players enjoy staying in the game after they’re done and this is a great opportunity for players to get in to coaching, whichever level it is. Some are more fortunate than others and they skip a few grades and get right to the top.

On Adam McQuaid…
Again, I haven’t paid much attention to that because he is not ready to play yet. Whether that’s some news for you or not, he’s just not ready yet. We’re just taking it day by day and waiting for the medical staff to say ‘you know we can take that next step with him’.

On if Adam McQuaid is working out or completely inactive…
I think he’s working out. Again when guys are injured they are kind of out of my control until they tell me they’re ready. So I think he has been working out but I don’t know to what extent.

On what it will be like playing Tim Thomas in Boston
The same. Again, guys, he hasn’t played here but he has been here in this building. We played against him in Florida so at one point you turn the page and move on and I think that’s what we’re doing and I’m sure that’s what he’s doing as well.

On if he has asked players to “empty their tanks” leading up to the Olympic break…
No, I haven’t to be honest. There is a time to push more than others and for me that’s not this time of year. I have – the only thing I’ve asked is what I’ve told you guys: let’s see if we can get a real strong finish here before the Olympic break. But that had nothing to do with emptying the tank, it was more about let’s play smart hockey here and good hockey and if we do that we’ll win the fair share of our games.
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