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|03.05.09 at 1:33 pm ET|
One thing that has made Claude Julien so popular among his players is his ability to clearly define roles for his team.
He wasted no time on Thursday at the morning skate prior to the Bruins game with the Phoenix Coyotes in doing so for newcomers Mark Recchi and Steve Montador.
He was clear with them – don’t try to do too much too soon. Just play your game.
“They’ve been around,” Julien said. “We’ve already had our one-on-one meetings. I even tried to not give them too much information because I don’t want them going out there and over-thinking. Just go out there and play. We think you’re a good player and that’s why we got you. If there’s some adjustments to make along the way, we can make those. They got the basic crash course. Now it’s just go out there and play.”
Julien was one of those watching Wednesday’s trade deadline with great enthusiasm.
“Well, hopefully our whole team can give us the energy we need but those two guys are certainly bringing some life to our hockey club,” he said. “By the time 3 o’clock rolled around, we were a better team than we were at 9 o’clock, just with the addition of those guys.”
He could notice a jump in his team’s collective step on Thursday morning. They could use one after the performance they gave against the Flyers on Tuesday night, giving up three in the third as Philly captured a 4-2 decision.
He also could tell that some players were relieved that they weren’t the ones dealt out of town from a first-place contender just to shake up the team.
“There’s no doubt that that the guys this morning were pretty excited this morning, not only for still being here but for the additions,” Julien said. “We’re pretty pleased with what’s happened and looking forward to taking another step in the right direction.”
More of what Claude had to say:
“We have a young team. We have a lot of young players that are playing big roles on this hockey club and he’s certainly one of those players that’s going to come in certainly help those guys get better and probably help them along the way. Not only coaches develop players but sometimes players like that can help players progress as well.”
“There’s not much you can say to those guys that’s going to make them feel better. All they need to know is that there’s going to be some competition and they just have to be ready that when somebody has a tough stretch or tough game and they get inserted, they need to be ready if they want to stay in.”
Then there was the reaction from Recchi and Montador:
“I got in late last night,” Recchi said. “Steve and I got in late last night. I’m just going to come in here and fit in and be a piece of the puzzle. I’m just going to try and do what the coaches ask, be a good teammate and help out anyway I can and focus on what I do best.”
“More exciting than anything, what a place to be coming to play,” Montador said. “The history here, I’m familiar with a number of the players. My agent, Steve Kasper, played here, coached here and he’s been telling me Boston stories since I’ve been with him the last ten years. A lot of tradition, I’m very excited to be a part of the Boston Bruins.”y need to be ready if they want to stay in.”
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