Quick on Picard's 'I'm just sayin'


Quick on Picard's 'I'm just sayin'

Jonathan Quick called in to speak with Comcast SportsNet's Danny Picard on his podcast 'I'm Just Sayin' today to talk playoffs, celebrity status, and pizza.

Quick, a Connecticut native and UMass alum hasn't let his success in the playoffs go to his head. He talked about how he likes to spend his rest days, mostly doing recovery and planning for the next game. He even made it out to a comedy club with some teammates to relax.

So far during his time in the NHL, he says the biggest lesson he's learned is that it's not only what you do on the ice that matters, it's also what you do away from the rink, like getting proper nutrition and rest.

Some of the conversation turns to pizza, though, even though Quick says he won't be getting anything from Antonio's in Amherst, Mass. until after the finals are over.

Picard asked whether or not Kobe Bryant would recognize Quick if they walked by each other on the street. Quick said that Bryant had attended some games in the last month, but that he probably wouldn't recognize him. Apparently Quick doesn't get recognized often, which is hard to believe after the way the playoffs have gone.

Picard asked Quick if he felt like he wasn't getting enough work on the ice. The Devils only took 17 shots in Game 1.

"Yeah, absolutely, every game's gonna see its own challenges," Quick said. "Whether it's when you don't see too many shots, it's more mentally challenging to be ready for every time they do throw the puck your way . . . Being a goalie you just know your team's doing a great job in front of you and you just try to do the same for them."

For more of the conversation, check out the video:

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Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

BRIGHTON, Mass – While the NHL debut for Charlie McAvoy is a matter of “when” rather than “if” at this point after agreeing to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Boston Bruins, the jury is still out on Boston University center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and University of Notre Dame winger Anders Bjork become pros. 

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney says that Forsbacka-Karlsson has yet to make a “final decision” on his status for next season after BU’s elimination from the NCAA hockey tournament, and Bjork is readying for the Frozen Four this weekend along with the rest of his Fighting Irish teammates. The 20-year-old Forsbacka-Karlsson just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Terriers and posted 14 goals and 33 points in 38 games with a plus-11 rating, and has not given the Bruins any firm word on his plans for the immediate future. 

The urgency perhaps isn’t there for the Bruins to lock things up with Forsbacka-Karlsson right this second, because he wouldn’t be a factor for this year’s NHL team. 

Meanwhile the Bruins can’t do anything with the 20-year-old Bjork until at least the end of next weekend, but have been mightily impressed with a player that’s posted 21 goals and 52 points in 38 games for Notre Dame this season. Bjork had three assists in the game that propelled Notre Dame into the Frozen Four, and there would be a great deal of urgency for the Bruins to lock up a talented forward that might be able to help them right now. 

“I’ve been able to see [Bjork] a few times including the regional [in New Hampshire] last weekend, and he was outstanding. He played every other shift, he set up goals in the game and he’s had a really nice progression as a college player this season,” said Sweeney of the explosive Notre Dame junior, who was far and away the best player at B's development camp last summer. “They’ve done a fabulous job with their team, and hopefully they get to the Finals on Saturday against Harvard, and we get the best of both worlds seeing how our prospects play in the final game. He’s had a tremendous college career to this point, and we’re excited about his development.”

McAvoy is the front-burner issue for the Bruins at this point, but it would surprise exactly nobody if both Forsbacka-Karlsson and Bjork join him in Providence in the next couple of weeks as they wrap up their AHL season.