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Q&A With Boyd Gordon

As promised, here is the transcript of my interview with Boyd Gordon. It's really short, but another Q&A is about as good as it's going to get during the slowest part of the hockey calendar. (Also, make sure to check out yesterday's interview with Brian Pothier if you haven't already).

Q: Considering the offseason moves, how have the expectations for this team changed? Do you feel there is pressure to win and secure a playoff spot this season?
A: Yeah, definitely. We've brought in a lot of good players. It's exciting, but the expectations are obviously higher.
We want to have a good start to the year. We want to really piece things together early. That's important. We've got the guys to do that, but we've got to come together as a team [in camp].
Q: What's the general feeling among your teammates heading into September?
A: There's more pressure. But we're looking at it as a challenge. We want to win, the fans want to see us win. It's an exciting time for us and for our organization. We've got some great players and hopefully we're going to do some great things.
Q: What were your expectations entering the offseason? Did you think GM George McPhee would manage to land three proven veterans like Poti, Kozlov and Nylander?
A: You always hear rumors that they are going to make some changes and guys who may be coming. But you never really know until it happens.
It's great that they spent some money. Nylander is a great player and someone we obviously needed. They want to put together a winner and hopefully that's what's going to happen.
Q: Given all of the new talent coming in, there would appear to be only a few jobs up for grabs. Do you expect camp to be more competitive as a result?
A: There's a lot of guys for not so many positions. It's going to be a battle. Nothing is guaranteed, so you want go in there in shape, work hard and prove yourself. Everyone's going to have to give it all they have and see what happens.

So there you have it. Gordo's take on the summer and upcoming camp. I'm actually kind of surprised I got that much out him. He's a great guy and he's really smart on and off the ice. But he's really quiet.

Later this week I'm going to try to catch up with Olie Kolzig and some other veterans as folks start to trickle back into town.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 21, 2007; 9:13 AM ET
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Despite the cliche-a-pa-looza, it's good to hear from guys like Gordo, who for obvious reasons don't usually provide the sound bites like Ovie or Olie.

Posted by: Shaggy | August 21, 2007 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Gordo is one of the most under-appreciated, solid-every-night type of players. We're so lucky to have him. Thanks for the interview, Tarik.

Posted by: On Ice | August 21, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

My Elvis collection has dust all over it. What am I going to do?

Posted by: netsrak <3 caphcky | August 21, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Thanks again for all of the work Tarik. I think you're providing some of the best team coverage in town of anyone covering any of the teams. Hopefully Gordo will be motivated to hustle even more this season.

Posted by: EricS | August 21, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I see Gordo being around for a while-George made a great pick with this one!!

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik,
Any chance this season you can eke out from the powers that be one whole page worth of articles when training camp opens? You know, something like what the Redskins get daily? It'd be nice to see a preview of the team from a number of perspectives, just for one day at least.

Posted by: Geauxcaps | August 21, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Is Gordon a lock for a starting roster spot? I wonder if he sees competition for making the team - or if he feels he's competing for a 3rd line spot.

Posted by: Stormblue | August 21, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I think he is a lock.

Posted by: Brad | August 21, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

He is the third line center.

Posted by: Finn | August 21, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Funny how everyone loves Gordo now but hated the selection when it was made. Oh how soon everyone forgets.

Posted by: GoBucks9 | August 21, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

"It's great that they spent some money."

Common ground with at least one of the players.

Posted by: Old Bob | August 21, 2007 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm still gay.

Posted by: CAPHCKY | August 22, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

forget extending ovie's contract, extend gordon's!

Posted by: jon | August 22, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please, jon! I hope you're joking! Gordo is a good worker. 29 points last year mostly on assists which is fine! But he's mostly a checking line kind of guy. Also fine. Is he a lock? No one should be a lock on any team. Will we see him in the line up? Probably. Just don't look for a lot of scoring from him. He has his role and he plays it well. Like Brashear.

Posted by: Greg S. | August 23, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse

hes also the the kind of guy you want to lock up with an extension, greg, but i wouldnt say more so than ovechkin.

Posted by: capman jones | August 23, 2007 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I would definately work on Ovechkin's extension. There's no question there. He's a franchise player as is Crosby and Alfredson. But to forget extending Ovechkin's to get Gordo's is crazy.

Posted by: Greg S. | August 26, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

i cant really speak for jon, but im pretty sure that comment was made in jest, no one honeslty believes locking up gordon is more a of a priority than ovie, relax.

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