On how he plans on breaking up time in net between Jeff Zatkoff and Peter Budaj:
I’ve got to do a lot of work in the next three or four days, really breaking down Peter’s schedule that he’s had in the league and not going too far back on it. … Basically, you break down how he’s played against certain teams, home-road, things like that, and go from there. It’s going to be performance-related now. We’ve got to honor how guys are playing right now. It’s no different than a player or a defenseman, so that’s how you’re going to base it.
On Peter Budaj:
We’d seen him lots in training camp last year and we’d seen him in New York last year and I’ve seen him in the playoff lots last year and I’ve seen him in training camp this year, so I’ve seen enough. And, obviously, ive seen lots of his career. I think the biggest thing for me was getting to know what kind of person he was. He was a popular guy, and hopefully he can come in and give us some decent games.
On balancing the pageantry of the night with the need to pick up two points:
It’s a long break. It shouldn’t be a 55-minute break between [the start of] warm-up and puck drop. It should not be. That’s an issue for both teams. [Reporter: So what happens when you have those ceremonies?] Damned if I know. I’m not used to it. Don’t talk to me about it.
On the on-ice pageantry:
Seeing those old guys out on the ice and all that, I look forward to talking to them. I’m familiar with most of those guys. It’s exciting for me to see who’s coming and who wasn’t able to come more than anything else.
On Jonathan Quick’s “warrior mentality”:
I think that’s evident around the league. That’s how he’s known, as a great competitor. With that comes injury. Quietly he’s played with a lot more injuries than probably anybody in our locker room over the years.
On Quick’s willingness to enter post-whistle scrums:
That’s part of his makeup. I think that he’s looking more for his teammates to do that rather than him, but I think he senses all those sorts of situations pretty well and has a good handle on it. Hey, that’s why we love him, right? That’s what I said after the game. You guys were asking me how he did it. Well, he did it sliding. It’s what he does, right? He could’ve done it yesterday in practice. That’s how he is.