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Transcript from Head Coach Claude Julien on 9/29

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS TRAINING CAMP

Tuesday, September 29 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTPRACTICE PRESS CONFERENCE
On how practice seemed to him…
Yeah, well we’re getting near the end here and I think there’s a lot at stake for a lot of guys so it’s important for everybody to be at their best. So it makes for some interesting and good practices.

On if the players not on the ice today were cut from the team…
They’re not cut until the team releases that and I don’t know what was said to be honest with you. I’ve got the guys that were at my disposal today. They give me that roster and I work with that. So if they are, they’ll probably let you know later today so. I haven’t talked to Sweens [Don Sweeney] after practice either.

On if the fact that Zdeno Chara is skating is encouraging to him…
Well yeah that’s again, I know you guys make a lot of day-to-day but that’s the way we look at it. Day-to-day and every day he keeps getting better, it’s encouraging so you know. Is he playing tomorrow? No. I can tell you that; I think you guys know that. But he’s still day-to-day and it’s encouraging news for us, as I’ve said all along, and he continues to skate on his own so hopefully we’ll see him with our group there soon.

On if it’s still a possibility for Zdeno Chara to play in preseason games…
Yes. Every day is a new day to evaluate him and, you know, right now tomorrow he’s not because he hasn’t practiced with the team and we’ll see how he feels moving forward here.

On the progress from Spooner…
Well I think he learned that last year, I don’t think he learned that in this camp. And I think he’s learning the responsibilities that comes with the game at this level and he’s just getting better about it. He wants to get better at it as well. So just keeps working at it and, you know, that doesn’t come over night. There’s still some improvement to be made. But you know he’s a lot better than he was at the beginning and that’s what we want to see from those kinds of players.

On what areas Ryan Spooner needs to improve upon…
The game without the puck, you know. The game without the puck, you know. It’s like for supporting down low in our D zone and, you know, being in the right position to back check and stay on the guys an those kinds of things that the game without the puck is where…he excels with the game with the puck so, you know, we like that about his game- we always have so. But in order to play in this league you have to be at least decent in other areas. You can’t just do one thing right and think you’re going to play in this league. So he’s gotten better in the area without the puck and as I said before that’s what we want to see. And if he continues to improve he’s only going to get better.

On if there seems to be good chemistry with Loui Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron’s line…
Yeah I don’t think there ever was any issues there. I think when I say issues as far as…I think they all enjoy playing together. Played a little bit together last year and, you know, it’s just a matter of getting to know each other and when they do, you know they find that chemistry that makes them real comfortable, you know, it will only make them better. So that’s a line I think, you know, you can feel comfortable playing against other teams lines because they excel in both areas of the ice, you know. They’re good defensively and they’re good offensively as well. 

On the difference it makes to have a productive fourth line…
Well, you know, I’m not quite sure that I understood your question well. But I think that the fact that, you know, I think we have guys now and you looked at last night, you know, I think it was [Max] Talbot, [Joonas] Kemppainen and obviously [Chris] Kelly and they created chances. To me I thought they were one of the better lines last night for a good portion of the game so, you know, to have that luxury is great. And not only that they create some stuff and they seem to read off each other well, but they’re all guys that you can utilize as PK killers as well and three of those guys are good at it. So you have an element there on the fourth line that brings you a little bit of everything as well. They might not be as highly gifted offensively as others, but at the same time they still bring that element to the game that we need.

On Joonas Kemppainen and what he’s able to bring to the table besides his size…
Well there’s also the experience part of it right, you know. Even if he hasn’t played here he’s 27 years old so he’s played pro for a long time. So he’s got a lot of things that works for him right now and it gives him an advantage there. And for us it’s just a matter of seeing, you know, in the long run is he a guy that we want in that position. And, you know again, until the regular season starts I can’t really tell you in all honesty with the guys we have left here, they’re just guys that every one of them probably could play at some point here or there in our lineup. So there’s going to be some tough decisions at the end. So you know he’s…I like his size, I like his strength, he’s got a heavy stick, he’s a smart player, you know he’s an experienced player. And again, you know, a guy playing in North America for the first time he’s adjusting well so. Those are all things that are playing in his favor right now. But there’s other guys that we have to look at and say, you know, short term and long term where we’d be better off.

On the plan for Jonas Gustavsson and Jeremy Smith in the last two preseason games…
[Jonas] Gustavsson is going to play tomorrow. He’s only played that half game there, so he’ll get a full game tomorrow and then we’ll see where we go from there.

On what Jonas Gustavsson and Jeremy Smith have to do to be better than Niklas Svedberg was last year…
I don’t know. I think it’s a matter right now of seeing where that confidence and having that goaltender giving you the confidence. I think last year for some reason even though the numbers weren’t that bad, we found a lot of scrambling in the net and I think it made everyone nervous at times so that was one of the things. But you know, had we been in a better position last year then we were, you know you obviously would have used him a little bit more he probably would have been better as well. But we had to go with Tuukka [Rask] so those are just circumstances and this year you want to have a goaltender that you hopefully can put in there a decent amount of times so that Tuukka [Rask] gets his rest.

On if David Krejci is feeling okay after he got hit behind the net in practice…
That’s because he got a stick in the face.

On the veteran defensemen that get an opportunity and new responsibilities now that Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg are injured…
Well I guess the torch gets passed along, right? You know they were in those shoes, you know, a few years back and now it’s an opportunity for them to kind of help those young guys out like they were helped by veterans. And you know they feel comfortable enough they feel experienced to be able to do that and they should, you know. So you know Mack [Adam McQuaid] has been with us now for at least I don’t know five years. And then, you know, Torey [Krug] has been with us now for you know I think it’s his third full year. So these are all things that eventually you know your experience has to kick in and when you’re missing guys like Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] and Zee [Zdeno Chara] you have got to pick up that slack and help the young kids out. Because at the end of the day it’s a team game and as well as everybody around you does the better it is for you. So you know we have to think about it as a group and not as individuals saying, “Well you know I’ll take care of myself and you know his problem is his own.” I think we have some guys here that are willing to help the guy next to him to make him better because it’s going to make us all better at the end.

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