Kukla's Korner Hockey

Kukla's Korner Hockey

All Aaron Ekblad

11/22/2016 at 1:31pm EST

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

You said you don't want to let negative feelings creep in. Is that an issue for you this season? Is that a challenge you're trying to overcome now?

"Always. There's always negative feelings, but to stay positive is really important. That's not a big part of my day, worrying about little things that happen here and there. It's there and in the back of your mind, but I'm a positive, confident person creeping on the edge of cocky. I feel that's where I need to be."

What are you learning about trying to come together after so much changeover in the defense corps this past offseason?

"Of course it takes time. It's chemistry, right? We played two full years with those other guys. Now that they're gone, we're learning and we're going to play six years with the new guys, maybe more. It's been just over one month. To let things fall too heavily on all of our shoulders, it's not worth it. It's more focusing on positive things that happen every day, lifting each other up rather than worrying about, with all due respect, what you would say or anybody else?

"I feel we've definitely been turning a corner since we got Juice back, Jussi Jokinen. As Nick Bjugstad comes back, and once [Petrovic] gets better and [Huberdeau], we're going to be a great team. We know we're already a great team. We have the structure. We have the personnel to do it on the power play, on the penalty kill, at 5-on-5. We know we can. That's the kind of confidence and swagger that we have."


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