by Patrick Hoffman on 09/03/09 at 01:55 AM ET
From Tom Gulitti from Fire & Ice:
What about Lemaire’s style fits you well?
“I don’t think it’s necessarily his style that fits me. I just think that he gave me responsibility. Last year, I didn’t feel like I was given much responibility. At the beginning of the season, it started off great, but after my injury I didn’t feel like I was put into positions to succeed. And I’m just looking forward to that. You know? To have that opportunity. I believe that’s why I was brought here in the first place. I’m just excited about it. I’m excited about being with Jacques and (assistant coach) Mario (Tremblay), guys that I spent probably the majority of my career playing for.”
Do you expect to get a chance to play on the first line?
“You know, here’s the deal. We talked about this at the beginning of last year when I was supposed to come in and be the first-line center. The fact of the matter is Travis…I believe that Zach is one of the best players in the league. Those guys (Zach Parise, Travis Zajac and Jamie Langenbrunner) are our first line. They were our first line last year. I don’t know how Jacques is going to do it. A lot of times he’d split guys up to make sure everybody was going. Not that I’m saying that’s going to happen, but I believe that was our first line. I’m just going to try to contribute the way I have in the past. I want to get back to 30 goals and I want to contribute to the team. That’s the most important thing to me right now. Not scoring 30, but I need to get back to that. For us to be successful, I believe I have to get back there and I think I will.”
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