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Pre-Game Quotes: Flames @ Jets

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

BOB HARTLEY

On the Jets home opener:

“This is one of the great buildings in the league, great fans. It’s their home opener, especially after a pretty successful road trip. It’s going to be a good test for us.”

On how his team is approaching tonight's game:

“It’s all about speed, our execution, limiting their time and space. They’re a dangerous team. Those guys, not only their forwards but their d-men are moving the puck well, jumping into the play. It’s going to be a good challenge.”

On Michael Frolik:

“Basically in the same chair, but the chair has many wheels. He can move on left, can play center, can play right, can play power play, penalty killing, play on different lines. He’s been very good for us. What a great team guy. I had a chance to talk to Paul before the start of the season. We had done our own homework but at the same time when you hear about a coach talk about a player that left and being so complimentary, I think that it’s easy to say that not only is he a great player but a great person also.”

On consistency:

“At 1-2, we need to be better. We’re far from playing the complete game right now but it’s still early. We want to practice the right way, to play the right way and we’re showing signs of this but have we played a full 60-minute effort so far? The answer is very simple, it’s no.”

MARK GIORDANO

“Obviously with the home opener, there’s going to be a lot of energy. There always is in this building, but tonight it will be a fun game to play and it will be special. [I'm] looking forward to it. There team’s big and fast and they really don’t have any holes and they’re showing it right now. We’ve got to be ready for another big test.”

His evaluation of the Flames' first three games:

“I think we’ve done some good things here in the first three games, but we’ve lacked a little bit of consistency which is something that we have to clean up right away here. A lot of teams are getting points still. I know it’s early in the season but they’re still getting those points and they’re still pulling away, so we’ve got to be more consistent tonight and play a full 60 minutes.”

On the Jets:

“I think our success against bigger teams is that we try to use our speed and our transition game. This is an aggressive team. They come hard, their D come, so if we can make clean plays out of our end, hopefully we can catch them and get odd man rushes. They’ve been playing well, I’ve watched a few of their games, and they look like one of the best teams in the league right now.”

MICHAEL FROLIK

On the Jets home opener:

“It’s a fun building to play in. I’m excited and it’s going to be a big game. We’ve got to do a good job.”

On the reception from Winnipeg fans:

“Hopefully there isn’t going to be booing. It’s a hockey business. It is how it is. You can’t really do much about it. I’ve been on different teams a couple times so I kind of know how it feels. It’s nothing very new for me. Winnipeg was very good for me for the few years. I just have to be thankful to them. It’s a good organization. It’s nice to be back and see the boys. It is how it is.”

On his role with the team:

“Right now I’m on the second line. It was kind of the PK again, and a little taste of the power play. It’s just really early to say. I think the ice time is kind of similar to what I’ve had in Winnipeg. It’s kind of similar. I just try to do my job and help the team to win the game.”

On if his role is more defensive or offensive with the Flames:

“I think it’s a little bit of both, still. You still need to be good defensively. It’s all a matter of offense is going to come. As a team you need to be solid on defence. That’s still the first mind set. The offence is going to come and obviously it’s more fun if you play in a little bit more offensive role. Hopefully I get that a little bit and we can have success.”

On the atmosphere at the MTS Centre:

“It’s the first game here for the Jets. The building is going to be loud, so just keep it calm and just go out there and make sure we are on our toes and make sure we are good defensively, don’t give up any odd-man rushes and try to put them on their heels, go after them, have a good forecheck, be physical.”

On if the Flames asked for a scouting report on his former team:

“There were a couple questions. I think it’ll be a little bit more before the game. I know Buff and stuff like that. He can hit pretty hard. I think we know each other pretty good. These teams play against each other so they know. It’s going to be a big game.”

THE OTHER SIDE - JACOB TROUBA

On tonight's home opener:

“I think we’re going to be pretty amped up, this being our first game at home. Try to channel our energy and emotions into the good start we want, and get on them fast, get on them physical and get on them early.”

On the atmosphere at the MTS Centre:

“I think we’re pretty used to it for the most part. I think we know what to expect. Maybe we can use it to our advantage more than what they’re going to know what to expect coming into this building. Just kind of use their energy and feed off it.”

His scouting report on the Flames:

“A lot of skill. They make some pretty fancy plays and some pretty plays down in front of the net as we’ve seen the first few games. They have a really active D, a really offensive back end. You’ve got to be ready. The more time and space you take away from them and be physical the easier we’ll make it on ourselves.”

On playing a more disciplined game:

“We know how we want to play and it’s a physical, mean game. There’s going to be penalties sometimes. We’ve just got to kill them off. We want to get the stick penalties out of our game and limit them as much as we can.”

The differences between the Western and Eastern Conferences:

“A little bit, I think. More physical and heavier I think. At the same time there’s plenty of skilled players on each side. At the end of the day it’s still a hockey game and what we do in here and how we prepare and how we play the game.”

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