The Bruins are looking to close out a great November with a win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. If the Bruins manage to win tonight the team would have snagged at least one point in all 13 games this month.
Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli spoke with Toucher & Rich about the team’s success in November, center David Krejci, forward Chris Kelly and Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Bruins went on a ten game winning streak ending with a shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings the Friday after Thanksgiving. The team bounced back the next night with a win over the Winnipeg Jets. Throughout this run the Krejci line is getting opportunities, but they’re not scoring goals. Krejci has said that he’s feeling a bit of pressure being in a contract year.
“I think that’s a natural feeling. I think David’s game has come around. It would be nice to have that line going full throttle because the other lines have been doing pretty well for the types of lines they are,” Chiarelli said.
The guys went on to discuss the Washington Capitals firing Bruce Boudreau. There are stories swirling that Alex Ovechkin had something to do with the decision to let Boudreau go. If you’re a general manager on a team how do deal with having a superstar and keep control of the ship?
Sometimes a feeling of entitlement comes along with winning. Is there a fear that this team might regress back to a state where they feel that they can coast and is Chiarelli confident that Claude Julien will have the ability to wrangle that?
“When you win the amount that we’ve won in 12 games you’re just not going to sustain that, so at some point you’re going to lose and you’re probably going to lose a couple…We’ve got a good coaching staff and they’ll figure it out too. I feel confident in the staff and I feel confident with the team if we’re faced with another dip,” said Chiarelli.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Phil Kessel will take on the Bruins twice this week. Kessel is leading the league in points so far this season, what is different about Kessel now then when the Bruins had him?
“Just like you’ve seen with Seguin, he’s another year in the league and he’s getting older, he’s getting stronger, he knows what to expect. He might be in better shape too from what I seen, he’s not bent over as much sucking wind,” the GM said.
Plus listen to see what Chiarelli thinks of Chris Kelly and whether the team has talked to him about a new contract. Also find out what the the GM thought about Max Pacioretty being suspended for his hit on Kris Letang.