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CLAUDE JULIEN PRE-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE

CLAUDE JULIEN PRE-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On Coach Joe Sacco taking over power play role…
Actually both guys are, Jarvy [Doug Jarvis] and Joe [Sacco]. Last year Geoff [Ward] and I took charge of that and this year both those guys are going to look after that.

On trying to build on or change the power play…
Yeah I think they’re going to put a little bit of their imprint on it. I think for the most part its basically going to be a lot of the same things that we’ve done. I don’t think there’s going to be a ton of changes. We always want to get better but last year I think we finished third. It was a big improvement from the last years.

On Chara still being impressive physically at 36 years old…
Well he continues to dominate in the fitness testing every year. He wants to be the best. He continues to be the best. Just saying that is pretty impressive of an athlete his size. It’s not easy when you look at pull-ups. Your six-foot-nine, your two-fifty, and you’re doing more pull-ups than anybody else. That’s not just impressive it’s really impressive. I think that speaks for itself.

On Chara trying to play as long as he can…
There’s no doubt I think every athlete wants that. Every athlete tries to play as long as they can and he’s doing the right things to be able to continue playing as long as he can. You’ve seen other athletes not do that and as good as they can be they can fade pretty quickly. No doubt that he’s doing the right things right now and again continues to impress us with his conditioning.

On being a trickle effect when you take players out of the lineup…
Well I think it’s a trickle effect with anybody coming out of the lineup. You move guys in different places. What we like about Chris [Kelly] is he can play wing and he can play center. He’s got that versatility that our other guys have had in the past. I think the more guys that you have that are former centers that can play the wing the better it is. We believe a lot in the importance of winning face-offs and starting with the puck so those assets are really valuable for us.

On the tough lineup decisions…
Yeah it’s always a great situation. You’ve heard me say it many times, when coaches have tough decisions, right now its coaches and management have tough decisions to make on who’s going to stay and who’s not it means you’ve got a great situation here. It means you’ve got depth and that’s what you’re looking for in an organization. Those problems are tough problems but they’re good problems. I guess at the end of the day you have to cherish those situations because it could easily be the other way around.

On making lines and their development throughout camp…
Well it’s getting close which you can see from this morning’s skate. We’ve got some guys together right now and were still—first of all were trying to get that going in our camp is trying to get the familiar faces together but also trying to evaluate. So right now were at the stage where were trying to do both. First when you didn’t see those guys together much, were trying to evaluate players. We’re trying to get players that have an opportunity a chance to showcase themselves in the right situations. If they’re goal scorers or they’re people that put up good points it should be top line players and you put them with top line players and that way you get a better evaluation of that individual. As far as chemistry is concerned there’s not going to be a ton of changes. At the end of the day you see right now Loui [Eriksson] is a possibility with [David] Krejci’s line. They’ve been together a little bit in practice and you’re going to see them in game situations but were getting close to that. A lot of guys have been together for quite a while when you talk about Marsh [Brad Marchand] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and you look at [David] Krejci and Looch [Milan Lucic] for example. Two guys normally with good chemistry it’s a lot easier to throw a third guy in there. When you have three new guys on a line it’s a bit tougher. But normally the one guy adapts pretty quickly so I’m not overly worried about that right now and I don’t think we’re going to be the only team trying to deal with that situation but we’re there now. With three games left we’re trying to look at that and look at the evaluation as well.

On what he expects from Jordan Caron tonight…
Well right now it’s hard because we don’t know who our bottom line guys are right now. Just a lot of battles going on so it’s hard to say this is what you want. We’re still evaluating that part.

On instituting a fine for diving being effective…
I think it’s a step in the right direction no doubt. A couple of things from that is that it’s not easy for referees to call diving. And those examples of players that looked like they were diving yet they stayed down and they were seriously hurt and it looked like a dive. It’s a tough call for referees to make and we understand that. I think the best results from that is going to be in the war room they’ll be able to review those things. You saw in the playoffs last year, for example, when you look at the [Tomas] Plekanec where he didn’t really get hit but he grabbed his face, you know the first one, they got him the second one. It’s a situation where they’re able to review it properly. Not only is there fines and warnings and everything else but also the players themselves have agreed to let the media and the public know who those guys are. So basically it tells me that ninety percent of players at least don’t want that in the game so they’re trying to police it themselves. It’s not always easy for coaches. You can tell a guy “don’t dive” but even on our team we’ve seen a few of them and I don’t stand for that but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. You have to understand that were trying to get it out of the game and you gotta do it the right way. You can’t do it the kind of way where referees can be put in a tough position as the example I just gave you.

On icing changes…
No because most teams have done that. What it allows you to do is, I guess, your centerman is going to be tired but he’s going to go in there and he may cheat on the first one and just get a warning and then the next one he has to stay in there and take it. It’s not necessarily a switch, which buys you a couple seconds but it delays things a little bit but I think everybody was doing it. Every team was doing it. The old saying ‘if your not cheating you’re not trying’, right? You try to find ways to get your rest and every team was doing it and now the league caught onto it and the referees have adjusted that. To me it’s the same for every team so I don’t see it as an issue for us.

On Lucic’s expectations coming off a wrist injury…
It was a wrist issue. It doesn’t stop you from working out as far as running, cardio and a lot of different things you can do. You talk about working on your core part of your body. That doesn’t stop—a wrist doesn’t stop that. The only excuse you would have is maybe his hands maybe aren’t there yet and I think that was pretty apparent. But the rest there’s no excuse to me. I think he came into camp in real good shape and his hand has not been an issue more than it’s trying to get the comfort of his wrist back to where he’d like to see it. The only way you can do that is working on it in practice and doing a little extra with his hands and working on that part of it. To me he’s no different than most of the guys. [Carl] Soderberg, [Chris] Kelly they were out way before that. They didn’t finish the season. You would expect a little bit of rust in their game, but there is some rust in Looch’s [Milan Lucic] game and a lot of it is from his hands.

On when exactly Lucic’s wrist was injured…
I think it happened in the last game when he went to push a guy in the corner, so it happened in the last game. The fact that he was able to finish the game was pretty impressive. As you know breaks sometimes happen. You’re warmed up, you play through it and the next day you come in and say “wow its stiff”. We’ve had a lot of those things happen in the past from blocking shots and all that stuff. Guys are pretty resilient and once you’re warmed up—you see guys playing with injured knee and they don’t realize how badly it is until the next day.

On news on Camara…
No. Still the same evaluation I gave you last time.

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