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Claude Julien press conference: Flyers

Claude Julien press conference: Flyers

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

Claude-JulienOn why Matt Beleskey and Patrice Bergeron were not at Morning Skate…
Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] was out this morning for personal reasons and [Matt] Beleskey has an upper-body injury and will not play tonight.

On if he expects Patrice Bergeron back tonight…
Personal reasons…I think it’ll be decided today during the day.

On if Dennis Seidenberg skated for the first time today or on Monday…
You know what I think he did Monday, started skating on his own there Monday and he obviously skated this morning. So he’s back on the ice but still not close to returning obviously.

After the winning road trip and not having a home win yet, how important is it to win tonight…
Well it is and I think even more important is to be able to bring that game that we had on the road to our home building. I think that’s the biggest thing, you know. I liked our work ethic on that road trip, you know. Both ends of the ice…I think our back checking was as good as our fore checking and our offense you know was just as good as our defense on the road trip so it’s important that, you know, there’s still room for obviously improvement and I think we all know that. But I like the direction and the step forward that we took on the road trip. So to me it’s important to follow that with a good home outing tonight.

On when Matt Beleskey sustained the injury and what his prognosis is…
His prognosis as far as…we don’t know. As far the timeline of how long he’ll be out. It didn’t happen during practice it happened between practice and this morning. So I’m not really sure – I was just told it’s an upper-body injury. I know what it is obviously but that he wouldn’t be in our game here tonight.

On what he thinks of fired coaches requiring draft pick compensation in the NHL for their new teams…
I mean the league is going to look into that, you know. But as a coach, you know, I would find it a shame that I wouldn’t be able to get a job somewhere because the compensation was too high. Yet, they thought enough of me that they would be willing to hire me but they wouldn’t be willing to for a second or third round pick, you know. So I don’t know that the compensation…to me once you’re fired, you’re fired, okay? I’m not saying that if it’s a different situation that you’re not fired and you step down you say, “I don’t want to be here anymore,” whatever, “well we still own your rights until the end of the contract,” I agree with that. Because you know, they still wanted you, you’re the one that wanted to step down. But once you’re fired I think you should be, you know, you shouldn’t be held back from working anywhere because of compensation. So that’s, you know, whether it’s called a selfish thing on our part I think the thing that we want to do, we want to get back and work again. And at the same time I think it’s a benefit to the team that fired you because they don’t have to keep paying for doing nothing. So this is something that I think the League is going to look into and we’ll see what happens there but I know you’re talking about Torts [John Tortorella] going to Columbus, and so on so forth. You know, he’s got what? Two more years? Three more years after this year? They can save a lot of money just by letting him go work somewhere else instead of holding him back. That’s my opinion.

On if coaches, as a group, have brought that to the League’s attention…
Well we’ve talked about it but at the same time, DJ, I think it’s important also to understand that there’s teams that develop coaches. Why don’t we use the example of Detroit [Red Wings]? You know, how many coaches have they lost? Todd McLellan being an assistant coach and giving him the opportunity to be a head coach. Well he had an opportunity to grow in the organization so, you know, all of a sudden they say we should get some sort of compensation. So he wasn’t fired, he was promoted. So I understand the logistics of where that argument comes from. So I’m not naïve when it comes to that. So having said that, I think there’s two sides of it but I think as coaches I think our biggest thing was being fired, okay not promoted, but being fired we should be able to get another job without being held back without compensation.

On if he hopes that that’s changed this year…
Yeah, you know I’m going to be honest with you, that’s the least of my worries right now. My worry is about my team and, you know, hoping that we can get our team going in the right direction. It’s about hockey right now. Those are minor details to me and even though [laughs], you know, my name comes up a lot I’m still not worried about that. I’m worried about doing the job with my team.

On how he thinks the Philadelphia Flyers look on film…
There’s some parts of their game that are different but there’s some parts that are still the same, you know. They really… they excel in the offensive zone from, you know, plays from behind the net to, you know, creating things. But you know, their neutral zone seems a little bit different and their neutral zone fore check. So we’ve seen those things, nothing out of the ordinary, but a new coach and a couple of things that are different.

On if he’s seen a problem with the Bruins penalty kill so far…
Well there’s always room for improvement, there’s no doubt about it, you know. I look at some of the goals, whether it’s Zee [Zdeno Chara] poking the puck in one of them and you know. So there’s some of those situations that have happened but nonetheless we have to be better than we are. And you know we just have to be better in certain areas and whether it’s clearing the pucks, you know, from our end, I thought we struggled on face-offs. We go into face-offs yet we wouldn’t get the puck out. That has to get better. So there’s some areas where we can definitely improve on.

On if he’s talked to Zac Rinaldo about how to act when he plays his former team tonight…
Well I haven’t had a talk with him yet today. I think Zac’s been good about, you know, fine tuning his game a little bit. You know, our message was clear, it’s been well documented too, you know, I think this guy’s got some skill. He’s got some talent: he skates well, he fore-checks well. You see him in practice- he can make great plays, got a good shot. But sometimes the other part of his game would take over so all we’ve asked him to do is balance that out, okay? We don’t want him lose that edge that he has because it’s not a bad edge to have. He really can give your team a spark, he can give you some energy. In preseason he kind of turned the game around for us where we were able to come back and win because he got the other bench all riled up and that kind of stuff. So as long as he doesn’t cross the line for me, I’m good with that. I want him to be physical; I want him to agitate whenever he can, within the rules of course, but at the same time I want to see him play hockey. I don’t want to have a guy that just is one-dimensional and he has a skill level to be more than one-dimensional. So that’s kind of what we’re doing here with Zac [Rinaldo].

On what he thinks of John Tortorella being back in the NHL…
I’ve never had an issue with Torts [John Tortorella], okay? Anybody who knows Torts [John Tortorella] away from the game, he’s a great guy, you know. I know he’s also a good coach. And there’s been times where he’s struggled with, you know, certain situations, you know. Haven’t we all, you know? So I think he deserves that chance, you know. And he’s going to get an opportunity having said that, I feel bad for Todd [Richards], you know. He’s a good coach he really is a good coach and he had that team going in the right direction last year and for whatever reason, something happened at the beginning of the year, and you know more than likely that team will find his path again and Torts will get the credit for it. So I think with time Todd [Richards] probably would’ve been able to do the same thing but that’s, I’ll say it again, that’s the nature of our business sometimes.

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