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Bruins’ John-Michael Liles press conference

Bruins’ John-Michael Liles press conference

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHN-MICHAEL LILES

Liles 1On what things have been like since the trade this afternoon…

It’s definitely been a little bit of a crazy day. I was actually in the rink in Carolina just getting some treatment this afternoon when Ron Francis pulled me aside and said that he traded me to the Bruins and so then it was a whirlwind after that, calling my wife and letting her know and just starting to get everything together. Obviously it changes a lot of things really quickly, but I was really excited when I found out. Now, just sitting in the airport waiting for my flight in Raleigh.

On his excitement level…

I’m really excited. I spoke with Don Sweeney today. I’m really looking forward to joining the team. I was fortunate – we actually played the Bruins a few days ago, so they’re pretty fresh in my memory. It was a pretty impressive win they had against us, from Tuukka [Rask] on out. They scored some nice goals and really had a nice game against us, so to be able to join the team and hopefully help out in any way that I can I’m really looking forward to it.

On his type of game and how he’ll fit into the defense…

For me, the system that I played the last couple years in Carolina has been a quick puck movement system. It really puts a premium on defensemen getting the pucks to the forwards quickly, but at the same time trying to join the attack and bringing a second wave. That’s been a strength of my game for a long time, that’s what I’ve always tried to focus on. I’m definitely not the biggest guy, but I try and play solid defense at the same time, and hopefully help out on the offensive side. It’s obviously going to be learning on the fly for me, but I’m really looking forward to getting in there and helping out any way I can.

On the excitement of being in a playoff race…

Yeah, I mean, the last time I was in the playoffs the Bruins beat me with Toronto in the seventh game. So yeah, honestly I’m just happy to be joining a team that will hopefully continue making a push for the playoffs and get back in. I know they’re in a great spot right now and hopefully myself and Stemper [Lee Stempniak] can add to that. Once you’re in the playoffs anything can happen and that’s what it’s about. It’s about winning and trying to win a Stanley Cup. I’m no different from any other guy in this league, that’s the ultimate goal to start every season.

On if he knows Lee Stempniak…

Yeah, actually Lee and I have played World Championships together and just have played against each other for a long time.

On if he knows anyone already on the Bruins…

I played with Monster [Jonas Gustavsson] in Toronto and then I know Torey Krug a little bit. Beyond that, I really don’t know a lot of guys on the Bruins, but I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of them. There are a lot of really good players on that team.

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