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Claude Julien pre-game: Leafs

Claude Julien pre-game: Leafs

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

Boston-Bruins-LogoOn the problems that the Toronto Maple Leafs present…
Well I think I guess it’s the same problem that every team has- they come in, they play well, they play hard in our building. But what I’ve found from Toronto’s team is that, you know, over the past few weeks you’ve really seen their structure come together, you know. They’re playing a lot better and they seem to be I guess more in sync and probably a lot more comfortable with what they’re being asked to do. So that’s kind of a natural situation given that they’ve got a new coach that’s trying to put something into place here and they seem to be real confident and obviously hard working so, you know, things are starting to come together for them. So as far as I’m concerned I don’t think there’s any difference between preparing for this game than there was in the last game against Minnesota- we respect them a lot.

On Matt Beleskey and his production and if he’s having some bad luck right now…
Yeah I think, you know, when you look at his game and the chances he has last game he had some real good chances. He came before the crossbar that would’ve tied the game so, you know, I think it’s just a matter of time for him. What we’re looking for from Matty [Matt Beleskey] is to continue to shoot when he has the opportunity to shoot. To me he’s working hard, you know, he’s competing in all areas so, you know, sometimes with those players when they do those kinds of things you just have to be a little bit patient and hope that, you know, he gets a little bit of puck luck there and he starts getting the goals that he deserves.

On coaching with Mike Babcock in the Olympics and what he learned from him…
He was my roommate- he snores at night [smiles]. Okay he’s going to tell you I do so. No, I think Mike [Babcock] is always very well prepared, you know, very intense coach like most of us for that matter. But, you know, we all have roles to play and at the Olympics if you go from being a head coach to an assistant coach you have to change your demeanor too, you know. You have to compliment the head coach. But there’s no doubt when he takes on a task he takes it seriously and he wants to succeed and whatever it takes. So when we were at the Olympics we were a really well prepared team you know. And all of us kind of agreed with the approach obviously and we were all proud coaches, but we were a well prepared team and he made sure of that. You know, on the bench when I say he stays on top of everything. But you know some of the qualities that Mike [Babcock] has is he really uses the people around him well. So you know I had the clear job to do either in the preparation or even on the bench, you know, and etcetera with the rest of the stuff. He’s just a guy that covered all of his angles. So that’s what Mike [Babcock] brings to a team and you know he’s as a competitive as the players are which is what has made him a real good coach.

On if he’s looking forward to working with him again for the World Cup…
Yeah I mean working with him and working for, you know, your country and getting an opportunity to do that. It’s always great because not only do we have that opportunity and that privilege but we also I think evolve as coaches being together and learning a little bit from each other and taking a little bit from each other as well that we think could help our coaching get better. So that’s the thing that I enjoy as far as, you know, between coaches. But also the competition is…you don’t get much better competition than what you see in the Olympics or probably what you’re going to see at the World Cup.

On bringing up Max Talbot and if there’s a comfort in doing so…
Well he’s an experienced guy, you know. And I think that’s the comfort level that you’re talking about, you know. He comes, he competes hard. He understands what we’re trying to do here so it’s not like we’re trying to teach somebody. So that’s I guess the luxury that we have with Max [Talbot] being in Providence. When you bring him up you’re bringing a veteran player that’s played the game. But he’s not nervous about playing in this league and understands- he’s been with us since last year- so he understands exactly what we’re all about here.

On if the hope is that Frank Vatrano just misses tonight…
Yeah Frank [Vatrano] will miss tonight. He’s still day-to-day but will miss tonight. He should be practicing with us tomorrow is what I presume. So that’s how close he’s getting.

On if he has a better sense of how long David Pastrnak will be out for…
Not really because, you know, he’s still on crutches. So he’s so far away I don’t really get into that. When he gets closer probably I’ll put my nose in there, but right now he’s too far away.

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