Thursday, July 11, 2013
Julien: Putting offseason 'puzzle' together
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Speaking for the first time this offseason, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien addressed a number of topics on Day 2 of the organization’s development camp.
* On trading Tyler Seguin: “To me, trades are part of this game and as a coach you’ve just got to accept it like a player and move on. I’m going to tell you right now: Tyler Seguin is a good hockey player and he has an opportunity to be a great hockey player, too.
“But we also got [Loui] Eriksson, [Matt] Fraser, [Reilly] Smith and [Joe Morrow], who are good players. As you know, Eriksson being the main guy in that trade. I think we’ve got some good players coming in as well. For now, it’s about putting that puzzle together where our team will continue to be competitive and have a chance at the Cup again.”
* On dealing with Seguin: “My main job with him was to deal with it as far as the hockey part was concerned. He came into my office and we’d watch video, we do this, do that. I honestly didn’t deal a ton with that [off the ice] stuff. The GM is the one that kind of takes over those situations whenever it’s needed, but there are other players that go through those little things here and there. My main preoccupation with him was his game because that was the important part. My job is to get the most out of the player on the ice and that’s what I tried to do.”
* On whether Seguin took his play seriously: “As serious as any 21-year-old would. We talked about [Brad] Marchand before and we’ve talked about other young players. You’ve got a guy like [Dougie] Hamilton, and right now his job is he’s got to work harder in the gym and get stronger. Those guys, everyone as a 21-year-old does not always have the maturity to be a professional in the gym, or here or there. You work with all those young guys the same way. Do different players have different challenges? Absolutely.”
* On Tuukka Rask's extension: “I’m really happy he’s still with us. What I’d like to do here is probably give [GM] Peter [Chiarelli] and Tuukka the opportunity to express themselves more on this situation because they’re the ones that did the work. I’m the coach that gets the gift. I’m happy to have him with us.”