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Transcript: 09.10 Head Coach Claude Julien

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

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September 10

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN

On if he’s optimistic about the labor negotiations…
I think you have to stay optimistic in regards to obviously the season starting on time, but we all know that there’s a big challenge ahead. As a coach, I still have to prepare the same way I would if there was no issues at all, and I have to be ready to go on the 21st, and that’s what I plan on doing.

On if he thinks this labor dispute will be different than the last…
I’d hope so because last time the lockout lasted the whole year and I just can’t see that happening again. You know, we’ve made such good strides as far as our sport is concerned, it would be a shame to take a step back, but I think everyone kind of understands that there are two sides to the story, and I don’t think as a coach sitting in the middle -- you have just got to wait and hope that it gets resolved. Certainly, that’s my hope anyways.

On if he thinks his players will be ready to play hockey when the season starts…
Yeah, there’s no doubt in my mind. I don’t think I can honestly say there’s a single lazy player on our hockey club that would stop training or stop getting themselves ready for a season because I think everyone is anticipating that there is going to be a season and that’s the way it should be. So there’s no reason at all to slack off when it comes to conditioning and training. They train hard all summer long so why would they stop now. So, I’m confident in that area.

On if too much rest could be a challenge for him…
Well I think the bottom line is that too much rest would apply for almost everybody. So I don’t consider that an issue, I think it’s more about the mental state of our hockey club. I like the echoes that I heard after we were eliminated, and in watching the playoffs, how guys really felt that when LA lifted the Cup, it got taken away from us. We want it back and hopefully that hunger is still there come the start of the season.

On how happy he was for Brad Marchand on his contract extension…
You’re happy for any of those players that get those kinds of extensions. They’re warranted, I mean, you don’t just go out and give guys contracts just because you give out contracts, they have to be earned and our organization has been like that as long as I’ve been here, anyways. It’s always been about the merit of it, and he certainly deserves it. He’s had some good years with us, and continues to want to get himself better, and you can see it in his work ethic, and even as far as his focus on trying to get ready for games, and that he’s a pretty focused individual. He’s got a great character, good personality and his teammates and his teammates really enjoy being around him as well.

On how his summer was…
Too long.

On if he’s been back on the ice yet…
The hip is fine, just waiting for the training camp to start and get back on my skates. No, it’s been great as far as rehab is concerned, and hopefully, I’m a new man and I can be a little quicker out there.

On the status of his hip…
[Laughing] Lower body. Day-to-day and as soon as camp starts, I’m ready.

On if there are backup plans for a shortened training camp or shortened season…
Right now, you don’t do that because right now, my preparation is for the 21st, so it’s my initial plan. If something happens, we’ll find out sooner or later what the delays are, and how much we’ll have time wise for training camp if there’s a delayed start. So there’s those kind of things you adjust accordingly as you move forward.

On what he did during the last lockout…
Well, I kept going into the office at least a couple of days a week and did some either video or reviews, and even preparation for your team. I just tried to sometimes go back and review what you’ve done also, just to make sure you don’t slip out of it either. That to me served me well because had the season started that year, I would have been ready to go. Again, just one point after the New Year they said it was done for the season so, you know, like anyone else I shut her off.

On if he’s going to speak to all of his players before September 15…
Absolutely. You’re going to talk to your players. I certainly don’t plan on getting into the issues that they’re going through with the ownership. I don’t feel it’s my place, I don’t feel it’s my job, and I’m the guy that’s in the middle. You work for the owners and you work with your players, so I think it’s a matter of just staying out of it and respecting both sides, and keep your fingers crossed that it’s going to get settled.

On if he will tell his players to stay ready…
Yeah. You talk to them and ask them the same questions you guys are asking me: ‘How was there summer? How are they feeling? Are they ready to go?’ It’s basically the same thing, but today is a day you want to let them enjoy themselves as well. It’s for a good cause and I think we want to stick to that.

On if he’s been in touch with Tim Thomas
No. Timmy has been in touch with agents. He’s been in touch with Peter. Again, there is a time when a coach has to take a step back and this is where I have to do that. That has to be resolved between upper management and himself and his agent.

On if he liked the Patriots performance yesterday…
Yeah, it was a good start. I thought they played well, and good luck to them.

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