The Boston Bruins went from the NHL’s best record last season to barely hanging on to a wild-card spot this season not necessarily because of a lack of talent, but rather a lack of production.
So what does a team do when its best players aren’t producing?
Cue Max Talbot.
The Bruins didn’t acquire the center at Monday’s NHL trade deadline for his immense talent — he has five goals and 10 assists on the season — but rather for his character and locker room presence.
Talbot knows that.
“I’m going to bring what I can bring, which is intensity, which is forecheck, which is trying to be sound defensively and my leadership and my happy-go-lucky-guy kind of positiveness,” Talbot told NESN’s Guerin Austin on Friday.
But it doesn’t bother Talbot that people are focusing more on his people skills than his hockey skills.
“It means a lot because I always took pride in that, pride in being a good teammate, pride in being there for the boys on and off the ice,” Talbot said. “Off the ice, it’s coming to the rink and having a big smile on my face and play the game the same way with intensity and character, and I think it definitely fits the Bruins’ style.”
Hear more from Talbot in the video above.
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