GEOFF WARD ON GETTING THE SEASON STARTED:
"The mood around the group is good. They're ready and looking forward to the game and now it's time to play for real. Everybody's looking forward to it and we've been waiting a long time for it."
MATTHEW TKACHUK ON ANIMOSITY VS. JETS:
"I'd say there probably will be. Anytime you play a team in the playoffs, one team always comes out on top and one team always goes home. That sits with you all summer. I'd expect them not to be happy with the way things went for them. We're expecting to play as physical and that demanding-type of hockey we played in the summer and try to beat them on the scoreboard and try to beat them physically."
TKACHUK ON THE STRIDES IN HIS D GAME:
"I always thought I was pretty solid in my own zone. I've played with Backs for all these years and playing against the other teams' top lines and making sure I was responsible defensively. I wasn't used to that growing up. It was all offence, just go, go, go. Playing with Lindy, we're not trying to be a shutdown line; we're going in there and trying to produce as much offence as we can. Just with the little sample size we had last game, we think we can be one of the better lines in the whole division, both on the offensive and defensive side."
TKACHUK ON UNIQUE ROAD TRIPS:
"Normally when you go on the road, you fly in, go to the hotel, you go to dinner. That's the only difference - dinner at the hotel, and I'm sure they've got something set up. The regular game day on the road, it's the same stuff. Wake up, a little breakfast, pre-game skate, have a nap, then go play a game and get a win. Maybe the day before (will be different), but you've got to roll with the punches, however they come."
JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON PLAYOFF REMATCH:
"For me, personally, that season's over with. ... Looking at this season, we're going to be playing teams nine or 10 times a year, so I'm sure you'll have a lot of things boiling up instead of looking at things in the past."
GAUDREAU ON PLAYING WITH SEAN MONAHAN:
"Extremely excited about that. He's a close buddy off the ice and have played pretty much every game since I've been here together. We're really confident in each other and we're excited to get this thing going, because there aren't too many other players in this league that I want as my centreman. We're fired up about this year and we both want to have success."
WARD ON COVID-19 PROTOCOLS ON THE ROAD:
"Our medical staff and training staff has done just a phenomenal job in dealing with the parameters of the health issues that are there, and the regulations that the health people have put out. We really trust in them to get it done. Myself, there's nothing really new. We have to remind ourselves that one small thing can become something big, and our guys are really cognizant of that. We're looking after the things that we can control and everything else will look after itself."