Julien: Goal of camp is evaluation, not wins

Julien: Goal of camp is evaluation, not wins
September 20, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Claude Julien says it's more important for his staff to evaluate all players thoroughly than it is to win preseason games.

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BOSTON -- With the Bruins making more cuts on Friday, coach Claude Julien talked about his goals for the preseason after the team's double training-camp sessions at the TD Garden.

The biggest goal is to make the right decisions on the right players. Not just for the now, but also down the road. Because you never know what can happen in an 82-game season.

"We have to look at players and see who's ready for this level, or who's close to it anyways," said Julien. "There's going to be some injuries, there's going to be some call-ups, so you look at some of these players.

"Not only that, but during the season, sometimes you make trades and then you've got to bring some guys up. There's all kinds of things that can happen. You saw this year, with the cap issues. We had to move some guys, and we got some guys back, but it still opened some spots for others."

Julien made it clear that the goal to training camp and preseason games was not the result of the games, but more so the result of the evaluation process for those players who may be filling the final few roster spots.

"You've got to make sure you have a good read on all your players that are in your organization that are deserving of being looked at and if they're ready with either the experience or what they've accomplished," said Julien.

"At the end of the day, as disappointing as it is to lose 8-2, the goal is not the outcome of the game. It's what you get to see from your players."