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Training Camp Press Conference Transcript from Head Coach Claude Julien on 9/14

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS TRAINING CAMP QUOTES

Saturday, September 14, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On Zdeno Chara being down low in the power play…
We’re tinkering with that. Obviously we’re going to have a look at that and we’ve got some guys that we feel can shoot the puck from the back end and can do some things but Zee [Zdeno Chara] is probably one of our best guys at screening with his big body and stuff like that. We’ve known that for a long time but it was just probably what we felt we didn’t necessarily have for the back end so it is something we’re experimenting with. And those same five guys too we could move them in different places and it can still be a power play force with Zee back at the point.

On Loui Eriksson’s role in the power play...
He could, I think right now we just work with guys that we had and [Carl] Soderberg might be a fit too with a guy like Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and [Loui] Eriksson. But they're not on the same team right now so those are things that we’re looking at as well. So we just put him in that position with some other guys for the time being.

On his first impressions of Matt Fraser and Riley Smith…
Well it’s pretty exciting because to me it just gives us that much more depth of players you know that can play. So it’s up to them now to stick and to make their spot. Obviously there is a lot of competition there but it’s pretty exciting because there are going to be a lot of options and a lot of tough decisions when the time comes to make those.

On talking to Matt Fraser and Riley Smith that there is opportunity for them in Boston…
Well they’ve known that from day one. We’ve made it clear to everybody that there’s opportunities for guys here, and some young guys to come in so they're aware of that. I think when you look at both those players, I’ve said it before, Matt Fraser is known as a real high end, skilled player and you can see he has really good skills, shoots the puck well and so does Smith. Smith’s got more grit to his game but also goes hard to the net and can shoot the puck well also. So both those guys I think are great acquisitions. We can talk about Loui [Eriksson] and say how good of a player he is and rightfully so but there’s some other guys that came along with him that I think are going to be NHLers.

On if Jarome Iginla, David Krejci and Milan Lucic are feeling more comfortable with each other…
Well it’s a matter of getting used to playing with each other in different areas and yesterday I thought they were even better than they were today. Today down low is just about recycling the puck, it’s a little different than on a rush so they were trying to figure it out between the three of them and it’s important that we give them some time to develop that chemistry. But right now I still think they're a pretty good fit when you see David [Krejci] the way he passes the puck and then how good Iggy [Jarome Iginla] can shoot the puck,I think it’s a good match there and Looch [Milan Lucic] is Looch. Looch will make some room for those guys and he’ll create some space and certainly do his fair share of scoring as well.

On the smaller nets used in practice…
It is what it is as they normally say. I haven’t seen enough to tell you what positive and what negative it’s going to create except the fact that sometimes that puck is in and it’s out so quickly. It’ll be interesting to see if a lot more goals are under review or whether it’ll still be a clear situation. I think it’s too early for me to acknowledge that because it’s the first day I’ve experienced it on the ice.

On the new hybrid icing rule potentially being implemented next season and issues it might cause…
Well there’s no doubt it puts a lot more pressure on the linesmen. I can tell you right now they’re not always going to be right. Kind of have prepare yourself for that and accept it if we’re going to head in that direction with that rule. That’s just it; it’s about a race, and if the linesman judges that the offensive player is going to get there [to the puck] first, it’s [the icing] waved off and if he thinks by the time they get to the dot that the defensive player is going to get to it first he blows it down. So it’s going to be added work and added pressure on the linesmen. So we’ll have to adjust to that. And again I haven’t really had a chance to talk to our coaches in Providence about that. I looked up the video this morning of it to make sure I was clear on all of that stuff. And the next step is to maybe talk to those guys and see how it’s going to turn out in those exhibition games; preseason games.

On the improved accuracy of Johnny Boychuk’s shot, especially in the playoffs, and on if it makes his case for possible inclusion on future power plays…
Well I hope he can answer that question, because our message is always ‘hit the net.’ Sometimes you feel it and sometimes it’s about confidence; and in the playoffs, whether he got that one goal that just got his confidence going again and kept it going, that’s one thing. I think a player is in a better position to answer those questions than I am because we’re encouraging them to shoot more. We’re encouraging them to put pucks on the net and everything else. And we want production from our back end so it’s up to them to do the things we ask them in order to make that happen; whether it’s support the play or hitting the net and releasing your shot quicker, and when you talk about all those things a lot of it is about confidence.
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