Here’s a few more quotes that didn’t make it into the paper today about goaltender Jose Theodore.
Theodore on Boudreau naming him the No. 1 goaltender:
“It is always nice to have the confidence of the coaching staff and the head coach, but I’ve been in the business long enough that you’ve got to back up that title. You still have to play like a No.1 and be a No. 1 guy.”
Theodore on redemption:
“Redemption, I think that is a big word. During the season I played a lot of games and we had a good record. I was happy with the way the season went, but then in the playoffs I had one game and then I didn’t get to play anymore. Redemption about one game – that is hard to say. As I always say, you play to play in the playoffs but last year it didn’t happen. Obviously that is something that I am going to keep in the back of my mind and I need to prove to everybody I am ready right off the bat.”
Theodore on Arturs Irbe:
“I always respected him as a person and as a goalie. From what I heard, he is really a hard-working guy which is good because it is always good to have someone push you harder. I’m looking forward to work with him.
Irbe on playing against Theodore:
“We had our hands full when he was in Montreal when I was still in the league. He was one of our least comfortable [to play against] for our team. He would single-handedly steal some games from us. It is pretty telling of what kind of goalie he is. Since then there has been a lot of water under the bridge.”
Irbe on his role working with Theodore:
“We’ve chatted and talked and he is a complete professional. It would be a not very good idea for me to say I am going to coach Jose and try to make him play differently. He is what he is and when he is at his best, he can beat anybody.”
“He knows his game, and his game has shown lots of success so it is pretty much just keeping it smooth. It is pretty basic stuff. There are these small, fine things where sometimes a goalie needs reinforcement and he needs someone to talk to who knows what he is doing and what he is thinking.”