Mathieu Joseph is happy to play for the Senators and assures that the future is bright in Ottawa.
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This is what he said during an interview with Jean-Charles Lajoie on Friday.
“I like Ottawa. We are young and we have passion. The guys are motivated. I'm a bit like a veteran, but a young player at the same time. I think it's a good mix for me. Having more ice time, in more offensive situations, gives me more confidence.”
The man who collected 12 points in 11 games after being traded believes his team has the tools to be able to take the next step.
“It took me a while to adjust. I had to find who I played well with, but playing with players as talented as those who are in Ottawa, it can spark fire. This is what happened in the ten games that I was able to play. We have a good team and the players are looking forward to next season. It's going to take a full season and consistency in every game. You have to understand that to make the playoffs. I'm excited for the next season."
Even if he is happy to have a more important role with the Senators, the Quebecer is grateful to have been at the right school with the Lightning.
“In Tampa Bay, you didn't necessarily see yourself as an offensive player, but I think I learned the right way. I've always been very conscious of my defensive game since I was young. I think I really improved that in Tampa Bay because it was necessary if I wanted to play and perform."
Joseph is currently a restricted free agent and he remains confident of getting along with the Senators, even if negotiations for a future contract have not really progressed.
“To be honest, I don't think the situation has really progressed. We had a few discussions, but really nothing very stable. I spoke with Pierre Dorion at the end of the year. I think he liked my end to the season. I liked what I saw from the team from the start. I'm sure we'll be able to find common ground when we talk about it."
Watch the interview in the video above.