Here are the quotes from the three principals of today's contract signings
``This is a big deal and we're glad it's done. It's important to have our team together for the start of camp, and I think it will be a good start on PEI. This is really a good feeling for us right now, and we want that to carry on.''
``Both of these players have worked so hard over the summer. I've seen Matt here and I know the work he has put in, and I know personally that James has been really working with my good buddy (Gary Roberts) all summer, so I think we're all ready to get started.''
``I don't think we changed our numbers too much. I think we did what we needed to do to get this done, and we always negotiated in good faith. I think the offers we made from the start were very fair offers.''
``You definitely trust your agent and know that it will all work out in the end. It was a good experience. You just keep telling yourself it's a process, and that's really what it turned out to be. You have to be patient and go through the process, and you know it will be OK. It was a long process, but it was just a process.''
``You always want to get better and you always want to get stronger, and so I did a lot of work. I definitely know there are areas of my game where I can improve, and I'm ready to get going.''
``Working with Gary Roberts has been great. He respects you, but he really pushes you. He changes everything, your diet, how you exercise, he just knows what you need as a player. I feel stronger, quicker, more confident. It was really a good situation for me having him so close by.''
(On whether or not the suspension for his boarding call last season got into his head or not)
``I don't know. I guess it could have. I just have to move forward and play with the save aggressiveness I've always played with. I'm a big guy and I need to use my size. I need to go in and play aggressive and hit people and not think too much.''
``You just have to stay patient and believe it's going to be fine. That's how I looked at it. You hire your agent to do a job, and you have to trust that he knows what he's doing.''
``I certainly didn't plan on missing (the start of camp), I knew I needed to be there.''
``I know that I had an off year and I've worked hard all summer to get ready for this season. I really feel that this is a big year for me, the biggest of my career so far, and I can't wait to get started.''
(about battling with Philip Larsen or Severin Blindenbacher for ice time)
``You look in camp, and you know there are a lot of people who want to be on the team and who are pushing really hard to be on the team, and you have to earn your spot. At the same time, I really do feel there is a great opportunity for all of us. Past Robi (Stephane Robidas), I don't think they know how they're going to use us, so it's up to us as players to earn our place and our time. I think that's a great situation, a great opportunity for all of us.''