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Transcript from Head Coach Claude Julien on 9/19

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS TRAINING CAMP QUOTES

Saturday, September 19, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On Brian Ferlin losing weight this summer for this season…
I think it’s just finding that right balance as far as, you know, not losing your foot speed, but in his case continuing to be a strong player- he’s a big guy. I don’t think from what I’ve seen it’s really affected his time protecting the puck. But he definitely wanted to be at a better speed and you know in the NHL, when you join that league, you realize that it’s a half a step quicker than any league you’ve played in at least you know American league and down. So I think he just wanted to improve his foot speed and sometimes just shedding five to eight pounds is not a lot- it doesn’t mean you get weaker. Hopefully it’s the right kind of weight that he shed and it wasn’t muscle mass.

On his fourth line contenders and how we assesses them…
Well I think that I’d go back to what I said yesterday as far as we got a lot of things to figure out here, like what kind of identity that fourth line is going to end up being. Even though, you know, all those guys are skilled guys that can all play top three lines, it’s about figuring out here what we want to have. And you know again, it’s hard for me to tell you right now “this is what’s going to happen,” because every year there’s always surprises at camp where guys step up and really do well. Other guys really drop the ball you know for whatever reason- they either have a tough camp or things aren’t working out so there’s a lot of things that can happen. And until we get through some preseason games probably a lot of things will get clearer not just for us but probably for you guys watching.

On when he’ll start figuring out the lines…
I want to say sooner than later; probably in the next few days, you know. Probably not tomorrow, but after that it’s probably an open book as far as, you know, do we start moving guys on Monday or Tuesday. But we have to start cutting down soon and start working our way closer to a decent roster. You still want to keep some guys around, for many reasons. Some of them really deserve to have a good look and they deserve to play some games. But at the same time, with the amount of games we play, you want to be able to not utilize the same people all the time. It is training camp and the last thing you need is guys overworked early. You know they’re practicing every day plus playing- at one point they need to get a break here from some games. So we’ll kind of keep a decent amount of players for those preseason games, but right now we’re definitely a little high in numbers.

On if it’s good to see Kevan Miller back and healthy again…
Yeah he’s good, he’s been good for a while that way. I think right now it’s for him again to find his timing, his passing, skating, you know decision-making. When you haven’t played that long that’s what takes a little bit of time to get back. So this is the opportunity he’s got. It’s probably a good thing for him it’s training camp and it’s not the middle of the season that he has to do that. So he’s got lots of time here to find his, I guess his confidence that goes with the rest of his game.

On if he knows anything about Dennis Seidenberg…
No I haven’t, to be honest with you, I haven’t heard anything in his regard yet. And I guess I’ve had so many more numbers to worry about that I haven’t gotten around to that.

On if he has an impression of Joonas Kemppainen…
Well I think he’s doing well, you know. Again, first time you know coming to North America playing in I guess our kind of rinks in our style of hockey. So it’s just for me I see a guy who’s getting better and better all the time and that’s because he’s getting more comfortable he’s getting more confident. I saw him in the Rookie Camp, I’ve seen him in practice, and I’ve also seen some video of him playing for his country at the World Championships. He’s a really, really smart player. He’s good on drives, positionally he reads the play really well, he’s got great hockey sense and you know even offensively he’s not one of those guys that’s not going to necessarily going to wow you but you know the big high skill level, but he’ll make the skill plays that are going to result in goals whether it’s going to the net and banging those things in. And he’ll score that way; he can produce. So right now I think it’s a matter of giving him an opportunity to acclimate himself with all of us, but certainly it’s been exciting to see him get better every day.


On what he thinks about the goaltenders at Training Camp…
Well you have to. I think as a coach, you know, you keep an eye on that stuff and I know there’s a lot for me to watch- there’s different things. And thank goodness we have a goalie coach that pays a lot of attention to that and obviously the guys upstairs are watching that as well. But you know that’s probably going to be one of the big decisions we have to make obviously is picking that guys that’s going to back up Tuukka [Rask] this year and hopefully give him the rest that he needs during the season so you know there’s some great competition. Obviously [Jonas] Gustavsson is a guy who’s got some experience we know in the league, but [Jeremy] Smith was really good last year, had an outstanding season. I saw him in the playoffs and I know there’s parts of the game, where I know if it wasn’t for him, the game would’ve been over earlier and you know he gave his team a chance to win, which they did. [Malcolm] Subban was the same thing when I watched him in the playoffs. They both lived up to the occasion. You know he’s got two years under his belt now, you know so there’s a lot of competition. [Zane] McIntyre, you know obviously you have to have a good look at him. He’s a little young coming into his first pro camp but still, you know, what I saw in Buffalo was pretty impressive. Another goaltender who I thought in the second half had it not been for him, the game would have never gotten into overtime. So there’s, you know, there’s actually some pretty good competition even though last year it might have seemed a little bit where we might have not had the confidence or we felt that we had the right backup goaltender, I think this year there’s some good competition. I think by the time it’s done we’ll definitely be in a better position.

On having seasons where he plays mostly one goaltender, like Tuukka Rask and Martin Brodeur…
No, you know I don’t think in this game so much has changed. There’s not too many guys who can do that anymore. You know, Martin Brodeur was one rare guy that just kind of wanted the net and could handle it and he was a big body and he just had the ability I guess mentally and physically to handle that workload. And but at the same time a lot has been made about Tuukka and I don’t necessarily think that you know physically it was a real big issue for him I think mentally he had to really work hard. And I think he did a great job. And I think if he ever got in that position to have to do it again, he probably would relish the challenge, you know? But ideally, we hope that we don’t have to do that.

On if an optimum number of game in mind for Tuukka Rask…
You always do, I mean when I say that I don’t mean he’s going to play this game and this game, but you know you like to keep your goaltender…goaltenders like that are easily you know 60, 65 games you know in between that and it could be a little less, 58 depending on your backup goaltender. Any time your backup goaltender is playing really well it just allows your number one guy to get some really good rest. So I kind of have numbers in mind, but injuries could come into play where it just kind of throws all those numbers out the window so you don’t want to get wrapped up too much in that because you don’t know what’s going to happen along the way.

On if the guys who are faster have a leg up with the new breakout system…
There’s no doubt there’s a lot that we’re going to be looking at you know. Again, we have got to be careful here because you may get those guys that have better foot speed but they may not be able to do the speed on the other side of the puck you know. So we’ll say “jeeze” you know our offensive game has really improved but you know we’re scoring more goals but we’re giving up more you know we’re still in the same spot that we were before. So it’s trying to find that right balance that we do need some guys that can move the puck well but we do need some guys that can really defend well you know. We talked about the Zdeno Charas and the [Adam] McQuaids and those guys- they defend well. But you also need guys like Torey Krug to be in our lineup and you know we’d like to be able to find that right balance but at the same time its not so much about finding those guys more than having the guys that we have ready to you know support the attack when its time to support the attack and defend when it’s time to defend.

On his impressions of Colin Miller…
Yeah I mean he’s…I’ve noticed a guy who first of all moves the puck well, but his mobility you know skating backwards and laterally is really, really good so. I’m kind of, you know again I’ve got a lot of guys to look at so its been hard to really focus on one but I’ve noticed those kinds of things from him and I’ll be able to tell you more about players after I see them in game situations. The other part is you see guys sometimes that are a little nervous or maybe don’t look as good in practice as they do in games. So you have to allow those guys an opportunity to be quick to in those game situations you know I’ve heard good reports. What I’ve seen has been pretty impressive, you know. He’s got a great shot, he’s a good skater mobility wise so I mean he is 6 foot one, a decent size not overly big but as I said you need a good balance of those kinds of players in your lineup.

On Matt Irwin pushing for a spot…
Yeah, because again you know you sign guys it doesn’t mean you’re automatically in. I think he has to definitely earn his spot like everybody else. But you know the reason we did sign him is he’s got some experience so you know being here is one thing- being in the top six is another. So there’s those kinds of competitions too. I know we’re going to end up keeping at least one probably two extra Ds you know, we’ll decide at the end. But we could end up carrying eight Ds this year. We’ll see how that goes.

If he’ll do any special groupings tomorrow before the game tomorrow…
Yeah, the group that’s going to be on at 10:00 AM tomorrow will be the game group and tomorrow at that time we’re going to practice power plays. Just get those guys a bit of insight on what’s expected on that stuff in the future. That’s what you normally do in those situations and then we’ll have two more groups that’re just going to practice.
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