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Training Camp Press Conference Transcript from Head Coach Claude Julien on 9/20

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS TRAINING CAMP QUOTES

Friday, September 20, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On tomorrow night’s lineup…
Yeah, we’re not there yet.  We’re pretty close to our whole team. We’ve still got to look at some players but there’s a little bit more going in all the time and so that’s what’s going to be for tomorrow.

On Patrice Bergeron’s status…
Yeah Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] going to play tomorrow. Give you something to write here [laughs]. Who’s got the tweets going?

On Coach Julien’s impressions of Loui Eriksson…
Yeah and I think as we get closer to I guess, our real group and you’ll see him get better even I think than last game. Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] not there so that does make a difference for any line, anybody that plays but with him the reliability and getting the pucks out of your own net and stuff like that so you know, like I said the other day, Marchy [Brad Marchand] was trying to do too much in Baltimore and he was all over the ice so I think with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] there it will settle things down a bit. You’ll probably see him excel even more and be a player we all know he’s going to be.

On last night’s lineup and the evaluation of it…
Yeah, that’s just it you know we have to look at players and kind of see who’s ready for this level and who’s close to it anyways, and there’s going to be some injuries, there’s going to be some call-ups so you look at some of these players and not only that but during the season sometimes you make trades and you’ve got to bring some guys up and there’s all kinds of things that can happen. You saw this year with the [salary] cap issues. We had to move some guys and we got some guys back but it’s still opened some spots for others. You’ve got to make sure you have a good read on all of you’re players that’s in your organization, that’s I guess, deserving of being looked at and ready with the experience and what they’ve accomplished so I think that’s what it was. Yesterday we fell a little short as far as rosters not comparing and I said that last night but when we saw the roster, instead of just panicking and changing what we need to see is players. At the end of the day as disappointing as it is to lose eight to two, the goal is not the outcome of the game more than what you’re getting, going to get to see from your players. We’ve got to see plenty. Some of it may be some inexperience, it may be just for some just not quite ready yet. From others, some of our veterans it was about their timing and their decision making and you could see that there was a little better rest there as well so we’ve just got to keep working on our game and get it back to what we normally do. There were a lot of things that were left to be desired in our game yesterday. It wasn’t really a good one and so we’ve got a chance to go back at them there tomorrow and hopefully we give a better showing.

On the balance between guys for the third line but not seeing them all…
Well, like I mentioned, we got to see some players but this is our third game out of seven so we still have four games and we’re working towards that. And at the end of it it’s about making the right decision on the player that you want in that place before the season starts. And it may take a little bit of time once the season starts but you can't make your decision early and say “these are the three guys who are going to play in that line” and not give any body else a chance that may deserve it. So you got to, not gamble, but you got to make those decisions along the way and you're seeing guys playing with [Chris] Kelly at times and some guys are playing with somebody else and sometimes you see them going back with Kelly. We’re just trying to evaluate them in their position number one and number two, after we’ve evaluated them in their position as an individual, we think they're one of those guys that we consider, you’ll see near that end that you’ll probably see those guys on the line getting ready to play together.

On if the lines not getting a chance to develop will be a challenge…
Well, yeah I guess. But tough, I don’t know if it’s tough but you're going to have to give them time to build more chemistry. They're good players, they're still going to do well but it’s that or you make a decision earlier on and you don’t give those other guys a chance. So somewhere a long the way there’s going to be, if you do it the way you're saying then there’s some guys who won’t have a fair chance to prove themselves and I that the right approach? So one way or another there’s going to be a little bit of negative that comes out of it but by the end of it you’ve made the right choice with the right players and that’s what we’re looking for.

On the next round of cuts…
There’s some that are being made today. And again, these guys right here and the other guy that was in the back that ran off, they usually let you guys know. Our guys are dealing with that stuff I think right now.

On how he decided to put David Warsofsky in for a penalty shot…
I looked at my bench. No, I mean, we had practiced it in the morning and we’ve had some shoot out guys and I think [Providence Coach] Kevin Dean at one point told Bob [Essensa] to radio down and said we’ve had him – I think he was one for one or something like that – so it was an exhibition game so hey, give it a shot and he did well.

On if Warsofsky is seen in the mix for this year’s roster…
Well, right now, we feel we’ve got a good idea of our seven but it’s not carved in stone yet. And there’s some guys that – he’s one of those guys that we’re looking at and you can throw [Kevan] Miller in there and you’ve seen [Zach] Trotman. They're different players, and don’t get me wrong here, you got a guy like David [Warofsky] who’s smaller and moves well and moves the puck well, you’ve got a guy like Miller who’s more like a McQuaid type of player. So you’ve got different looks with Trotman who shoots the puck extremely well from the back end and has had success that way. So we’re kind of looking again, a little bit of what you said earlier, you got to find out down the road if those guys are not with you to start then who are you bringing up and you have a better idea of who you got.

On there being an eighth defender…
Yeah, there could be eight, there could be seven. But probably more likely you're looking at eight.

On there not being a veteran Defensemen…
Yup, that’s because I think, we’ve gotten to the stage now where those guys that are in Providence have got a few years under their belt. So when we have the Aaron Johnson and those kind of guys, those guys were young players in Providence who were just starting. So you needed that veteran kind of I guess center D but right now I think we feel good enough that one of those young guys could come up. Just like last year, we brought up [Matt] Bartkowski, we brought up [Torey] Krug and they’ve stepped right in. So we feel we’ve got some guys there that could possibly do the same thing for us and that’s what we have to look at in this Training Camp.
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