It’s probably the easiest thing, to just lay back and act like the hard part is over. But it’s the exact opposite. Just making this team, it was a big challenge, but sticking with it is a whole different story.
I just sent him a text to congratulate him. I think he’s deserving, everybody who knows him here knows what kind of a person he was and what kind of a leader he was on and off the ice. They’ve got a young team over there and the minute he signed there, in the back of my mind I thought he had an opportunity to become the Captain there and I think they made a great choice—very deserving and because of who he is and what he represents and what he does for a hockey team.
Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, on Andrew Ference being named Captain of the Edmonton Oilers
The biggest thing is that this team is always competing, and playing hard. Mistakes - they will always happen, nobody’s perfect. But as long you’re working hard and compete every shift and every game…
It’s tough because you want to do whatever you can to make the team and at the same time, you don’t want to make any mistakes. So, it’s, like you’ve got to play really good hockey. You have to play really good hockey all of the time, but it’s kind of like you’re fighting. You have to be ready for anything, and you have to put everything out there…
You can’t overthink the game; you just have to keep doing the same thing that got you here - you know, just keeping it simple is sometimes best.
I’m still shooting for being ready for Training Camp. I’ve had no setbacks so far and things have gone well and moved along. I feel pretty good in workouts so I feel pretty confident that things will be fine and I’ll be ready for camp.
It would mean a lot. That’s the goal since the beginning. It’s a team that believed in me when I was 18 and when I was coming up and now, like I said before, it’s my home…. I love the city, love the people and definitely the organization and my teammates. So I definitely want to stay here, and hopefully we can work something out.
Bruins’ center, Patrice Bergeron, on July 2, when asked about signing a long-term contract extension with Boston, whom he was drafted by in 2003
On July 12, the Bruins announced an eight-year contract extension for the alternate captain, which makes him a Boston Bruin until at least the 2021-22 season.
That’s the goal since the beginning. It’s a team that believed in me since I was 18 and I was coming up. Like I said before, it’s my home - I feel like it is. And I love the city, I love the people and definitely love the organization. So it would mean a lot to me, and hopefully we can work something out.
BOSTON, MA - No team is 100 percent in the Stanley Cup Final. The wear and tear of the NHL postseason is not for the faint of heart. So, although it’s become a tradition after elimination, to finally reveal the well-kept secrets of injuries that creep up, General Manager Chiarelli wasn’t too keen on rattling them off Wednesday afternoon.
"Sometimes it looks like you’re making an excuse when you just roll off all the injuries," said the GM. "We had a lot of injuries. We were banged up. A lot of our guys are banged up."
(You can read about some of the break-up day revelations here: http://bbru.in/18h8kl2 )
When asked by a reporter if Zdeno Chara was going through any injuries, Chiarelli revealed the Captain was playing with a hip flexor injury that was “pretty potent.”
Like his General Manager, though, Zee hadn’t wanted to speak of his injury when questioned by reporters earlier in the day if he had been 100 percent.
"I’m not going to go into it. I was not affected by it," he offered. "Like I said, we were all in some ways banged up but that’s what we all do."
"I’m not going to use my body as an excuse, that’s number one. I take full responsibility for what happened and you know, it’s something that I don’t regret. I gave my all, I give effort every game I play and I competed as hard as I could. You know, I gave it all and sometimes you’re still going to come up short. That’s what it is."
Well put, Captain…
A popular phrase for the desperate team facing elimination in the playoffs is that they have “nothing to lose.” That desperate team is the Bruins tonight, at TD Garden, as they face Chicago in a do-or-die Game 6.
But defenseman Torey Krug wasn’t buying that phrase this morning, as he spoke to media following the team’s pregame skate.
"That’s a weird phrase, "Nothing to lose,’" remarked Krug. "We have everything to lose."
This isn’t a “go out and there see what happens” situation for the Bruins - this is a “go out there and make something happen” mindset for them.
"You go down swinging. You throw everything on the table," said Krug. "You do whatever it takes to get the job done, and that’s the mentality we have."
Read more of the Bruins’ pregame thoughts heading into Game 6: http://bbru.in/10OXd02