On the Blackhawks’ traditional success in integrating younger players:
Well, they have some great players, so that usually makes it easier for every team. It’s not like there’s a drop-off.
On what Jeff Carter has done to facilitate his line’s success this season:
Jeff’s a good player. I don’t know if you watched him last year or the year before. He had 30 goals and 60 points. He’s in the prime of his career. He’s been a pretty important part of our team for going on five years now.
On whether he’s seeing a “different level” with Tyler Toffoli:
No, I think he was really good last year until he got sick right around Christmas. Wasn’t feeling good, and then was diagnosed with mono and never really got his game back again. I think it was just an energy thing. He’s a good player. I think he’s our best right winger, that’s for sure. If it’s just based on goals, then yeah, I mean, you’re seeing that he’s up there in the league, but you’re basing it on the whole game that a player has to play to be successful. When they say a ‘200-foot game,’ well the biggest part of a 200-foot game now is the offense part, when you look at it. If guys aren’t scoring, they say because they’re not playing a 200-foot game. That means they’re not good enough going towards the other team’s net. 200 feet now is a given. Everybody plays it. He plays that whole game, and because he can score, it gets noticed.
On trying to find the right mix of wingers to play with Anze Kopitar:
We’ve moved him around lots. Kopi’s still going to play his minutes. He’s still a really good player. You know, it’s like when you asked about the start with Chicago, look at Jonathan’s wingers this year. It’s the very same as Kopi. It’s almost identical. You’ve got a top player, and you’re looking for some guys that’ll get to work with him. Very same.