Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Boston Bruins

Bruins News

Training Camp Press Conference Transcript from Head Coach Claude Julien on 9/15

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS TRAINING CAMP QUOTES

Sunday, September 15, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid pairing…
I didn’t even pair them for any reason. They’re together now right now, I think it’s something that we’ve seen in the past. Got a big defensive defenseman, that is strong and big and the other guy is quick and agile and will carry the puck so it’s a good mixture there. And that’s certainly something that we may see down the road but that’s one of the things that we like about it; there’s a good blend there.

On the steadying presence of Chris Kelly on the overall uncertain third line…
Yeah and he can play anywhere, from center to wing. So like I said there’s versatility in his game that’s been pretty important and useful to our hockey club. And he’s usually pretty good at adapting with whoever he plays with. He identifies their strengths quickly and uses that to his advantage. So right now we’ve got a lot of guys we’re looking at right now for spots on that line and like I said yesterday it’s going to be some tough decisions to make at the end.

On Kelly’s play last season and where he stands going into this season…
Yeah I think we saw the real Chris Kelly there at the end, the one that we’ve seen before, and I’m sure he felt much better about his game at the end of the season. That doesn’t take away that he was disappointed in his overall year. But you have to turn the page on those and look forward to the next one, and he’s got an opportunity to start, like I said the other day, the way he finished last year so I think that’s what he has to focus on.

On Dougie Hamilton putting on weight over the offseason…
I think it’s natural progression of a young player. When you’re six foot five, you can certainly add some weight to that frame of his and as a young player, it’s normal that he’ll be probably a little underweight and not quite as strong as his capabilities of being down the road are. But he’s taking the steps, the proper steps this year in getting a little bigger, and heavier, and stronger. So I don’t think it’s going to hurt him at all, I think he’s certainly going to be able to handle that adjustment but it’s certainly going to help his game as far as the battles are concerned. If anything it was more in our own end. It was a big adjustment for him last year to go from battling against Junior players to battling against NHL’ers.

On second year players getting a boost of confidence heading into their second year…
Yeah, I think you’ve seen that in a lot of players. You look at Tyler [Seguin] from his first year to his second year and you see a lot of that stuff. David Krejci, his first year when I was here we sent him down for a month maybe six weeks and by the end of the year he was arguably our best centerman. So you see things like that, you see players progress. Some get it quicker than others and a lot of it has to do with confidence because the skill level is already there.

On if and how much the preseason games will showcase which players are truly improving…
I think a lot. There’s guys that are great in practice, you get them in a game and you don’t see them. And you got guys in practice that are painful to watch sometimes and then you see them in a game and it’s like ‘Wow, what a different player.’ And that’s why you have to be careful when you analyze players, and I think the game is going to really tell the tale here and I think it’s important that we watch those closely this year because there’s going to be some real big decisions to make down the road.

On when the decisions for cuts will be made…
Yeah, no we’ve decided we’re not doing anything here until after we’ve played those first two games. So those first cuts that you guys are talking about here won’t be made ‘til Wednesday.

On the roster for Montreal…
Yeah, right now we don’t have the full lineup but it’ll be more of the first group that you saw this morning it will be players from that group there that’ll be going. So obviously, we have too many guys, some won’t and so we’ll just be kind of finalizing the roster. You guys will have access to that tomorrow morning. We skate at ten tomorrow so we’ll hopefully have it out just before practice for tomorrow so we’ll have everybody informed by then.

On who will back up Tuukka Rask…
It’s been good. I think when you look at the candidates we’ve got some pretty good depth. From the fact that Chad Johnson has looked really good and [Niklas] Svedberg who proved himself in American League last year and your first round pick, Subban, who obviously is a little young may not be ready right away but who knows when he’ll be ready as far as it could be sooner than later. So we’ve got some good competition back there and the competition has probably better depth than what most people think so I’m comfortable with what I’ve seen and I think they understand that, those guys that are battling for that backup spot understand what’s at stake. They’re certainly trying to be at their best here.

On Chad Johnson playing in the NHL after so little experience in the NHL…
Yeah, cause I think he’s had some years in the minors and I think he’s had some games in Phoenix and he’s had some decent numbers and played well enough to consider signing him. Again I’m not going to sit here and say I was the one pushing for it because I haven’t seen him play that much. Our pro scouts and Peter [Chiarelli] have watched and played enough that he certainly deserving of being brought into our organization and battling for that backup spot.

On Chad Johnson at the NHL level on the bench or in Providence…
That remains to be seen. I think if he’s ready he’s ready. It’s as simple as that. If we feel he’s ready to be a backup here we’ll make him a backup here and there’s some guys you could send down for conditioning when it comes to goal tenders and that you can work that out so, not an issue. I think if he earns a job I have no issues with him being here even if he’s got one year in American League. He’s had a great year last year and if we feel he’s ready then make that jump.

On feeding in new guys into the penalty kill and special areas…
Yeah I think that we’ll see some of that stuff in those preseason games. You’ll see some players killing penalties and we’ll see how they do and everything else. Down the road we’ll have to make some decisions as far as our final roster is concerned and you pick the best team or the players that will make the best team and you need that balance and everything else. So we have to have a serious look at that as well when it comes to making sure we have the right balance.

On playing in a special team…
There’s something that has to I guess convince you to make a decision sometimes those are the things. As much as we put them on the same level well this guy here can serve us more because he can do this, the other guy can’t. Absolutely, those are the decisions that have been made in the past and that’s why sometimes you’ll ask yourself why isn’t this guy on the team I think he’s good enough to be here and you’re right he’s good enough but so is the other guy but he brought a different element that we needed at the time.

On player ability to play a special team…
Sure, there’s something that has to, I guess, convince you to make a decision, sometimes those are the things, as much as we put them on the same level ‘well this guy here will serve us more because he can do this, the other guy can’t’ absolutely, those are decisions that have been made in the past, and that’s why sometimes you’ll ask yourself why isn’t this guy on the team, I think he’s good enough to be here, and you’re right, he’s good enough, but so is the other guy, but he brought a different element that we needed at the time.

On if any of the prospects stood out…
Well again, for me, I’ll be honest with you, when you’re dealing with almost four hours of ice and two sessions and you’re trying to give the guys an idea of what you’re trying to accomplish, and adjustments, sometimes, you know, you’ll see players but I’m not able to see everyone as closely as I will in a game situation so it’s hard for me to say like ‘this guy is just – but I can’t say I’m necessarily disappointed in any of those guys.  [Alexander Khokhlachev] is, for example, is a guy that, he’s hard to stop, he works hard, and everybody knows this kid, he may not be A-plus but he makes up for it with his work ethic and his skill level.  The [Jared] Knight’s are guys that can shoot the puck, and if he uses speed down the wall and then takes pucks at the net, those things we’ll see pretty quickly how well they fare against players in the NHL.

On Zach Trotman…
Yeah I mean I saw him a lot in Florida and, like I said before, he was probably their best player.  He’s a strong kid, he’s got an unbelievable shot, I think he’s improved immensely from where he was at the beginning of last year.  So those are guys that sometimes are dark horses, they’re late bloomers as far as maybe got overlooked when it was time for the draft, but their game starts coming along and I think he’s been a real good player and certainly he’s a guy that’s going to get some games and we’ll have a real good look again to see how he handles the next level. 

On the effect of skating with Zdeno Chara on a young player…
There’s no doubt that confidence-wise it’s certainly a big thing, and Zdeno [Chara] is pretty good at talking to his partner and helping him out, so I think it’s a big advantage for whoever ends up playing with him, and it certainly helps a guy develop.  I think Dougie [Hamilton] was there first hand to learn that last year.  You get plays best when he was with Zee [Zdeno Chara], and you can understand why.  There’s no doubt somebody that’s with him benefits from his presence.  Anybody would like to be his partner, there’s no doubt there. 
View More