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CLAUDE JULIEN ON HIS PLAYERS: “THEY KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO….”

CLAUDE JULIEN ON HIS PLAYERS: “THEY KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO….”

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME

On whether David Krejci has been cleared to play…
Yes.

On the possibility of infusing more speed into the fourth line to complement Daniel Paille…
It’s just a different line. I think it’s moving guys around here. So it’s not what we look for; we’re looking to win a hockey game, and not so much — with each player here, they know what they have to do. So I’m expecting more of the individual player himself doing what he has to do, and if that’s the case, then the lines should fall into place.

On the different linemates Daniel Paille has played with…
Dan [Paille] has to worry about his game. I’m telling you the same thing: I don’t care who players play with. They need to show me what they can do, and it’s when you start wondering whether you’re having success versus who you play with — I don’t think you’re focusing on the right thing, and it’s our job to put the right players together. But we can only do that if players are bringing their best, and then you’re able to manage it that way. I don’t think Dan has to worry about who he’s going to play with more than how he’s going to play.

On the expectation that both teams will come out hungry today, given their starts to the season…
Yeah, they [Colorado] haven’t scored a goal yet and we know they can be an explosive team. They’ve got the talent to score goals. On our end, I don’t think we’ve been real happy with our first two games, so there should be some desperation there and it should make for an exciting game. If they play with the same desperation that I hope our team’s going to play with, it’s going to be an exciting one.

On whether Jordan Caron will play on Monday…
Possibly, yes.

On Jarome Iginla’s influence on this team last season…
Well, he’s a veteran player that came in and gave us, I guess, the type of line we were looking for at that point. Scored 30 goals for us. We needed to fill that gap when we lost [Nathan] Horton, and I thought he did a good job of that. He’s a quiet leader, goes out and leads by example, a great individual. I think he was well-liked by his teammates and the coaching staff. We all enjoyed having him around and it’s unfortunate — again, those are the situations that you’ve seen us go through with the salary cap, and we just couldn’t afford to keep him. It wasn’t from him not wanting to come back or us not wanting him back; it was a matter of a business situation that both sides had to look at.

On whether Jarome Iginla’s presence helped David Krejci and Milan Lucic achieve more consistency…
Well, I don’t know if I can answer that because we haven’t seen Looch [Milan Lucic] and Krech [David Krejci] together, and whether they have that consistency or not. So if they still have it this year, is it because of him, or is it because they just are consistent? So maybe I’ll answer that halfway through the year. You can ask me that question again.

On whether this might be a good time to use Niklas Svedberg…
I guess we’d see what the situation is. Right now we’ve given the guys Friday off, so everybody had a day off here. Yesterday was an easy practice so it’s my job to manage that. But nice try.

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