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SAY WHAT: 'FEELING STRONG OUT THERE'

The buzz around the locker-room before tonight's clash with the Bruins

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MARK GIORDANO ON BEING A GAME-TIME DECISION:

"Been ramping it up the last week, week-and-a-half. It feels really good, really comfortable. I'm getting close and like Wardo said, we'll go through the afternoon and figure it out. But, really close and really feeling strong out there."

 

GIORDANO ON RECOVERY PROCESS:

"We've done everything. There's been days when I've taken contact and days when you push it skating. Obviously, the staff here does an unbelievable job with the treatment, It feels really good and turned the corner quick. Hopefully I can get back there if not tonight then the next game. ... You get that excitement back again when you come back. You get that surge of adrenaline in skating with the guys. It's going to be good energy that I've saved up the last three weeks."

 

Video: "Feels comfortable out there so I'm getting close."

 

GIORDANO ON ADDING GUSTAFSSON AND FORBORT:

It's unbelievable getting two guys that have proven themselves in the NHL and we're going to be able to insert them into our lineup right away. Anytime you can add depth, and you look at our D core right now - doesn't matter who's in or who's playing with who - it's solid throughout. Really good adds and really happy to have them with us."

 

GEOFF WARD ON INSERTING THE NEW GUYS:

"For them, the game doesn't change that much in the NHL, in terms of how everybody plays. That's a good thing for us. It's just a matter of them sitting down with the coaches for a couple of minutes and just going over things that may be a little bit different. It's not too hard, these guys have played enough hockey that they know what's expected of them in all three zones. They know what their strengths are and how they need to play, so they'll be ready to go tonight."

 

WARD ON GUSTAFSSON'S PP PROWESS:

"He's got great deception - you can see it right away, the way he moves across the top of the blueline," interim head coach Geoff Ward said of the D man. "The top player on the powerplay is huge in terms of what he can do, because he often sets up the flankers. He'll manipulate the penalty-kill into one side or create an opening the flankers can exploit. The fact that he sets it up so easily up top there is a huge addition for us."

 

Video: "They looked good on the ice this morning."

 

DEREK FORBORT ON HOW HE LEARNED OF THE TRADE:

"We had an off day in LA and I was hanging out at home and got the call from (Kings GM Rob) Blakey, he told me I was going to Calgary. I was pretty pumped when he told me that. Get to be part of a playoff race and get to come here and help the boys."

 

FORBORT ON DEBUTING TONIGHT:

"There are a couple different things as far as systems go, but I only played 12 games with the new coach in LA. We were playing a 1-3-1, here it's a 2-1-2 or something, so it shouldn't be hard to get back to that."

 

Video: "I was pretty pumped when he told me that."

 

ERIK GUSTAFSSON ON TRADE TO CALGARY:

"I was home, waiting. I knew something was going to happen, but I didn't know where or when. Those two days were kind of long. It felt like a week. I'm really excited to be here right now and I'm really excited to play here in Boston tonight."

 

Video: "Calgary is a hockey town... it's going to be fun."

 

GUSTAFSSON ON PLAYING ON THE FIRST PP UNIT:

"It's going to be fun lining up on the blueline (in that situation). We have the skill, we have the shooting mentality, and we have guys in front of the net. What I'll do is try to get the puck to guys on the flanks, try to get the puck to the net and good stuff will happen."

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