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Training Camp Press Conference Transcript from Head Coach Claude Julien on 9/12

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS TRAINING CAMP QUOTES

CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS CONFERENCE
Thursday, September 12, 2013
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On Jordon Caron and his progress…
Well we know what kind of player he is, he just has to go out there and do that. He’s big he’s strong, he’s got to be strong against the walls, he’s got to make sure that he gets in there quick enough on the fore-check and then we do get the puck in the offensive zone. Like I said, he should be strong against the wall but at the same time he’s a guy that can take pucks to the net and go to the net and bring some offense to his game as far as wanting to be on the side of scoring opportunities. So we don’t want him to just think about not getting scored on, we want him to think about being a good two-way player because he’s capable of doing that.

On Matt Bartkowski and his progress from previous years…
Well I think the first thing I would say is that he’s come to camp in better shape than he ever has. I think that’s part of a player maturing into a good pro and he’s obviously figured it out, which every player has to go through. So that’s a good start for Matt this year. And obviously, the way things went for him last year with us, finishing up the season with us, he’s coming in with a lot of confidence. I think right now it’s basically his job to lose, as far as being here with our hockey club. He took it seriously enough to come in the best shape ever and right now the confidence that he’s gained throughout the last part of last year playing with us has certainly helped him. Those jitters that he had, it probably didn’t help that his first few games were always in his home town against Pittsburgh, but now he has an opportunity to see other teams around the league.

On if Bartkowski is at a level where Julien feels comfortable keeping him in Boston throughout the season…

He’s in a situation now where, as you know, we’ve got at least three young guys that are going to be battling for a regular spot in the lineup and I certainly wouldn’t say he’s going to be in and out. Camp is just started today, again it could be injuries it could be all kinds of things. He may play so well that we’re not going to want to take him out of the lineup. I think there’s a lot of things that will get resolved here as camp moves on and a lot of it will depend on their play. Their play will help us make that decision.

On how Campbell looked at practice…
I think he looked good. He’s skating well, and I don’t think that’s the issue right now with him as far as his skating and all that stuff. It’s more about the contact part of it. You have to make sure it’s healed well enough that it doesn’t fracture itself again. And you saw there was a little bit of bumping and it’s at that stage where it’s so close. But training camp is where you’re able to be a little bit more cautious. The regular season doesn’t start for almost a month, so it gives him time to recover properly and give our doctors a better feeling of saying ‘we feel confident that he can play now.’

On general observations taken from two practice sessions…
The one thing I can say is everybody came in really good shape. And that’s a real plus because when even the Providence players come in shape the way we’ve asked them to come in shape, that’s a good sign. It’s a credit to those guys down there. I know that Whitey [John Whitesides] goes down there and works with them, and the young guys from the development camp in the summer time, there’s a lot of guys that made a lot of progress even from July to now. So that’s what was probably more impressive is that we got some really good players that seem to understand what it takes and what we expect from them. And it showed on the ice, I thought we had pretty good pace today for the first day on the ice; the ice wasn’t the greatest but our guys skated pretty well considering that. So if the ice gets better as we move forward here, hopefully we’ll get better as a team as well.

On Jarome Iginla being on the David Krecji line and Loui Eriksson being on the Patrice Bergeron line…
Well that’s basically what it is. I think we traded for those guys not to say ‘you guys are on a tryout’ but to put them in spots where we think they can fit in. Again, this is what training camp is for, we’re going to give them that opportunity to maybe build some chemistry, get to know each other a little bit better and at one point we are going to have to make a decision whether it seems to suit our needs or not. But I thought the [David] Krejci with Looch [Milan Lucic] and [Jarome] Iginla, especially later on I think Iggy was kind of finding his way with that line and it got better and better. At first I think he was just trying to fit in and feel his way through and that’s what you would expect out of a guy coming in to that line up with those two guys. Same thing with Loui [Eriksson] and that line, I thought those guys were looking a lot more to pass to each other than they were to accomplish a shot or a scoring chance. So those kind of things will fall into place as the day progresses.

On Jarome Iginla being set in his ways and how much the team has to adapt to him…
Well I think people realize we did that with Jags [Jaromir Jagr] last year. We pay a certain way and the type of player he was, if we wanted to get the most out of him, we had to kind of let him play his game. You notice there’s things that he did that a lot of our players didn’t. But with Jarome, one of the reasons we liked having Jarome is that he likes going up and down his wing, he’s not a guy that is all over the place. He’s a power forward, a lot like Horty [Nathan Horton] was and he can shoot the puck. He can be physical and gritty and everything else. I don’t know how much we have to adapt to him or how much he has to adapt to us. I think it is actually a pretty good fit when it comes to him being on our hockey club and I think that is one of the reasons he called us and wanted to play for us.

On Zach Trotman playing with Zdeno Chara…
Not necessarily. I think we kind of tried to mix our Ds with our younger players. Our Ds are so used to playing with each other and mixed and matched into pairs that I think it was more important to balance things out a little bit. But that’s not to take away from what [Zach] Trotman did at the Rookie Camp because he was a –or at the Rookie Tournament I should say – because he was by far their best player. He shoots the puck so well, he’s made a lot of progress in the past year, he’s really coming around. So he is certainly a guy we want to keep an eye on but the fact he’s with Zdeno [Chara] is more of a balancing thing out.

On evaluating players on a one-on-one basis…
Well there’s one on one and also there’s going to be exhibition game that we’ll be able to put them in; certain situations, certain spots. But I think as the most important thing right now for them is as individuals to show that they belong on our hockey club and I think that is the first thing that should be looking at and if they deserve that look then we’ll hopefully place them in that position where they get an opportunity to play on that line.

On whether he would like to keep that fourth line together…
They actually did look pretty good today too again. They’ve been together for so long and I know the question is probably reflection whether Dan Paille could be moved up and I haven’t written that option off. There’s no doubt it would effect our other line, our fourth line, and as you saw last year when we lost Gregory Campbell, it wasn’t the same. So we have to balance out what it is going to mean and at the end of the day, Dan’s going to want to help us the best way he can. If it doesn’t effect his ice time, then there is no issue. I think that as a player, if he is going to play “x” number of minutes on that line and he would get the same on the other line, it really doesn’t matter. Players want to play with people they are successful with and Dan has been with that line but at the same time he does bring some speed, he does bring a real good fore check and that might be a solution to our third line and maybe somebody else is going to have to step in to his spot on the fourth line and give us that. So the one thing I don’t  want to be is narrow minded and just have one thing in mind and say ‘this is what it is going to be’, it’s that or bust. I think I’m going to keep those options open and those are things I have thought of already.

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