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Julien talks Bruins and Oilers

Julien talks Bruins and Oilers

 

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
David-Pastrnak-640x430On David Pastrnak and if he knows what his timeline is or if he’ll do a conditioning stint in Providence…
No timeline yet on him. Whatever we do with him will be up to upper management.

On Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid playing together…
We have what we have, we move players around the way we think is needed at this point and I thought they did a decent job of defending against the other team’s top line the other night. Whether it stays like that again, you know nothing changes here, nothing is set in stone. We just move guys around until as long as it works and if it does then we keep them together if it doesn’t we move them around. Nothing more than that when it comes to that pair – just two big guys that defend extremely well.

On Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid being on the team for so long but not playing together…
Because of circumstances. We had Dougie Hamilton who could certainly play against top lines when we had him here. He held himself well. So we thought those two were a better pair. Johnny Boychuk was here at one point. So a lot of reasons for that. So right now we have them together for the first time this year so like I said, things change on a daily basis around here.

On how long it takes him to make his mind up about pairings and lines during a game…
Depends on the, again, depends on how the lines going, depends on the individual and you know I’ve done that a lot more this year than in the past. I think that’s a well-known thing right now. And you know as a coach you do what you have to do to win hockey games. And you try and get the most out your players and you want some accountability if guys aren’t going then they’re either moved to another line or they’re healthy scratches and we just keep everybody on their toes that way.

On Peter Chiarelli and his relationship with him…
Well I thought I talked about that in Edmonton, you know I mean I’m repeating myself again. We had a good relationship. So it was…we had success together here. So there’s…you can’t say anything bad about Peter [Chiarelli] because he’s had success. He turned this franchise into a franchise that did a lot. And in this sport things happen and you move on, whether it’s a GM [General Manager] whether it’s coaches, we’ve all been through it. But you know, I think you’re starting to see with Edmonton, the team itself, is in the direction it’s going, I think it’s a matter of time he figures things out pretty quickly.

On if he thought that he would be leaving in the off-season because Peter Chiarelli left…
No. I signed a contract here because I liked it here in Boston. And like I said, that’s just part of the game. Those things happen. And then you move and work for other people. I’ve worked for other people before Peter. So not an issue there. It was…I didn’t know if I was going to be here either. Yeah. I just really, I brushed all that stuff off. It really wasn’t for me, I was patient enough to wait and give them a chance to make their decision. So that’s old news for me.

On if the game on Saturday is more of how he wants the team to play compared to when they played in Edmonton…
More of our game. It’s, you know, I thought we got caught into the…exchanging chances, going back and forth, you know, we’re a territorial team. So this is the type of game we need to play.

On if he’s seen Tuukka Rask developing as a leader over the years…
Oh I think he is; I think he’s always been a leader in his own way. You know a goaltender has to focus a lot on himself for games and when you go out there and you play the way he’s played over the years, to me that’s a leader. You know he doe speak up in the dressing room, I know that for a fact. But I don’t know if he’s grown into more of a leader. I mean guys get more comfortable over the years, but to me he’s always been a leader in that room.

On what his opinion of the Edmonton Oilers was the last time they played them…
Well I think it’s a team that seems to have a good structure. I mean the coaching staff is good there. The players there are good, you know. It’s just about putting things together and I’m sure there’s going to be some tweaks here and there, but you know we’re not going into this game tonight feeling over-confident. I mean they’re just coming off five straight wins- thanks to us I guess to get them going, right? [Smiles]. So we started them on that five-game winning streak. We’re hoping to end it.

On how he feels going into tonight…
Well it’s just I think our guys are realizing more and more game per game, game after game, we just have to bring what’s made us successful. And you know let’s not look too far ahead, let’s not look behind. There’s some games that were extremely poor, we pushed that aside and focused on the next one and had a better game. So again, there’s no secret- most teams will do the same thing as what I’m telling you. We just have to make sure that we’re focused on a game-to-game basis. Simple as that.

On Patrice Bergeron and if he’s seen him working on his offense more…
No, nothing’s changed for Patrice [Bergeron]. Just, you know, some years it goes in more than others. But he did have 30 goals, was it last year or the year before? So I don’t think his game has changed as far as being more offensive-minded than he was before.

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