On what he told players during the exit interviews
‘Don’t be satisfied.’ A lot of people will say a lot of good things, but if the bar was raised as high as it’s going to be, then we’re never going to achieve what we want to achieve. We did a lot of good things, but at the end of the day we fell short. Maybe not for the predictions before the year, but once you start gaining that respect in the standings and what we accomplished during the course of the year, we didn’t get done what we should’ve gotten done. We should’ve beaten Detroit because I still think we were the better team.
On using ‘anger’ and ‘bitterness’ from the Detroit series to serve as motivation for next season
Yeah. I don’t want to use those words, like anger, using them just losing to Detroit. Just not being champions at the end of the year. And never being satisfied with success, whether it be mediocrity or whatever the word you want to use. We want to make sure guys who have had a good year don’t come back and say ‘Hey, I had a good year’ and then they don’t train and think everything is going to be given to them, especially the younger guys. We don’t want them to be satisfied with that. We hope the anger with some of the guys, the older guys, who didn’t have the greater years, come back with a fire in their bellies saying ‘This will never happen again.’ You add those two combinations and hopefully come September, we’ll be ready to go more than we were even this year. And I thought we were pretty motivated this year.
On how the Ducks lost the series
As a coaching staff, we'll talk about that for a while. How you can come up flat in a Game 7. It’s the most exciting game you can play other than you’re playing for the Cup. We didn’t have as great a game. I’ll search all summer for a reason why. But I don’t have answers. If I had answers, I would’ve hopefully corrected them in the first 10 minutes of the game. We were playing from behind again. If we could’ve got out of that first period, everything would’ve been different. But we didn’t. It’s a lot of what-ifs.
On if Koivu and Selanne are part of his vision for next season
My vision is whatever Murph’s [Bob Murray’s] vision is. I work with that. If that’s what he wants, then that’s going to be great. I love both players. I don’t know what anyone of them is going to decide, or whatever Bob has to say, but he’s made some really great decisions in the past. I’m sure he’s going to make them again.
On the future of the organization
We believe some of our inexperienced guys are going to get better and play bigger roles. At this stage, [Kyle] Palmieri’s first year was pretty adequate but we think he can be better. Emerson Etem really came on at the end and we think he’s going to be better. Matt Beleskey is going to be better. Cam Fowler struggled a little bit in the beginning but at the end, he was as good as he’s ever been. Guys like that being better are a big part of the team being better. And there are other guys. We look for Devante Smith-Pelly to really bounce back. After a good first year and mediocre happenings in the second year, we think he’s still a really big part of this future. It’s up to them to be that way. Patrick Maroon showed a lot in the 12 or 14 games he played. Peter Holland did a lot of good things. Our young guys are really going to push the incumbents into being a better team.
On the absence of Toni Lydman for the last four games of the series
I think it hurt the stability. He was playing really good at the time. Our suspension of him being gone for four games was a lot greater than what happened to them for two games. We definitely got the worst end of that deal.
On the struggles of Corey Perry in the series
Just knowing Corey, it’s going to motivate him. I don’t know if he’s ever had any negative anchor in the past, in his career. He’s won the World Junior, he’s won the Gold medal, and he’s won the Stanley Cup. So this is a negative he’s receiving. I think it’ll motivate him to be better than he already is. I expect him to be tremendous next year. Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] had a down year two years ago and this year was very good. It’s hard to be great all the time. He’ll be the first one to tell you he wasn’t as good as he wanted to be. I’m positive next year he’ll come back with a vengeance.
On Perry and Getzlaf taking on more prominent leadership roles if Koivu and Selanne don’t return
They’re at the age. They’re ready. Not saying that would ever happen, but I have no qualms that these guys aren’t ready to take on whatever role that they’re necessary to take on. They’ve been in the league for a long time now. It’s been a while.
On the chance of keeping Hiller and Fasth as a tandem for next year and beyond
It’ll be tough. We’ll try to do whatever is best for the team. Those two guys are 1-2 in anybody’s book and I don’t know who 1 is. We’re blessed right now. We’ll see where that leads.
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