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Transcript from Head Coach Claude Julien on 9/27

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS TRAINING CAMP

Sunday, September 27 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On if any cuts have been made…
They’re in the process of making them, Steve. And right now I think we’ll have something for you guys today. Just a little later on and I guess right now all I can tell you is ill be more than happy to talk about it tomorrow once all that stuff is released.

On if David Krejci is resting today because he was not at practice…
He’s cut. [Laughs]. We sent him down to Providence. No it’s just a day off for him, there’s nothing major there. So some guys are a little tighter than others and training camp’s tough so we gave him the day off today.

On if Tuukka Rask is getting antsy to get in goal…
Tuukka’s [Rask] going to play tomorrow. So Tuukka [Rask] will be playing tomorrow and our goal is probably to play him tomorrow and Friday. For right now that’s our goal. So two games closer to the end of camp and closer to the start of the season. And he’s very, you know, he was very receptive to the point where he thought that would be enough for him. He skated a lot, practiced a lot so he just wants a couple of games. And so that’s what we’re going to end up doing with him.

On if he’s gotten what he wanted from the defensive players competing for a roster spot…
Well I think so and the part is, you know, you never hope for that scenario, you know. Probably the competition would have been cut down a lot earlier had Zdeno [Chara] and Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] been there. but now in a positive way it just gives other guys more time to get looked at and us a better assessment of them down the road so whether it gives them a better chance of making it or gives us more confidence to bring them up and know what they can do and then having more confidence having played more games I think there’s a lot of positives that you can take out of that. But definitely that competition has ramped up now that we’ve got Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] that’s out for at least eight weeks and again Zdeno [Chara] is doing well so he’s getting better every day.

On if there’s any performances from last night that surprised him…
No, I just liked the way we competed, you know. We were a young team I thought last night versus, you know, a more experienced team. I know they didn’t have quite the full team but they had a lot of their veterans in the lineup. But you know, I thought David Krejci, you know, his line was good because David [Krejci] was so good. But our young guys, you know, really stepped it up. I thought they competed hard, and it was nice to see those guys, you know. It was [Noel] Acciari’s first game he showed some grit, you know, and even penalty killed. And those [Anton] Blidhs and just to name a few guys there. Even [Jake] DeBrusk, which I think is you know really smart- he protects the puck well in the offensive zone. So we saw a lot of good things from those players. You know [Anthony] Camara…those guys they didn’t back down from anybody. And there was a hit in middle ice that, you know, was, you know, in my mind was a clean hit but you know because it was a bit on the blind side right away Anthony Camara reacts. So you like those kind of things from the young players. Being engaged in the game the way they should be engaged. So a lot of good to talk about last night. You know Tommy Cross is another one who, you know, has been so good in Providence, you know. He’s always been I guess questioned about his skating a little bit and we all know he’s had some knee issues at a younger age, but to me handled himself real well. And there was no issues with his skating and the pace of the game last night so this is…it’s good for him I mean he’s a real good…he’s a gamer, he’s a leader in Providence. So he’s gained a lot of respect in a lot of points in our mind where he’s, you know, he’s still here and he’s still battling for a spot. 

On changing line combinations and if it would it be too soon after a couple of games to say, ‘OK Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak’ and check that one off and now figure out the others…
Yeah, we may. As I mentioned the other day, you know, we may try Pastrnak with Bergeron and Eriksson with — and we may not. We’ll play along, and I know that both players are smart enough to kind of switch around and that kind of stuff and I’ve done that in practice a couple of days, so those things may happen. You know, again, there’s certain players — I think you’ll see in the next few games there are couple of players moved around, and just to experiment with it. Like I said, for me the preseason is about learning more about the individual and about the combinations, because during the season, things are going to happen and you’ve experienced it at least once, you have a bit of an idea of what you’re dealing with, so I’m trying to learn as much, because we have a lot of new faces in our lineup. I’m trying to learn as much about them with different players as I can.

On if he still feels like he has a lot of work to do, heading into this week with three games…
Yeah, we do. But that’s a great — I’ve said along, that’s a great problem to have. When you’re battling to figure out who should fit where and who should be here and who is not — that’s a great battle to have. And we’ve got people watching the games from up top all the time, we’ve got coaches on the bench not only watching the game but also seeing the demeanors of players and what happens out there, so there’s a lot of things that need to be discussed and you know, I’ve always said, it’s not always the best players that make the best teams, you know. You’ve got to look at the best individual that’s going to make your team the best and sometimes you need a little bit of everything and that’s what we’ve got to try and figure out here.

On what he has seen from Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak on that line with David Krejci…
Oh they’ve been good. That line’s gotten better all the time and you know, I think Matt Beleskey is a guy — David’s second goal there on the power play, shot from the point, it’s because Matt’s in front of the net — there’s a screen there and he’s gritty and he’s going into the corners and he’s a guy that’s coming into an organization trying to figure things out and trying to work his way in, and to me, I’ve seen a guy improving all the time. I like his game — he’s in your face, he competes every shift and that’s what we want out of our players, are guys that are going to come and compete all the time, and he’s going to get better, and playing with David Krejci, he’s going to get his scoring chances as well. David Pastrnak, same thing, I thought he skated well and made some good plays and you know, he’s not shying away from anything, and whether sometimes he gets knocked down or not, he’s getting in there and again, those are things that we want. That line is finding some chemistry right now and that’s nice to see.

On if Malcolm Subban is still with the team…
[Smiles] Silence is golden right now. Sorry, Steve.
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