|12.09.11 at 1:16 pm ET|
If Bruins fans didn’t boo him during the playoffs, they’ll certainly boo him now.
Defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who won the Stanley Cup last season with the Bruins, was traded from the Hurricanes to the Canadiens Friday. The trade ends a brief and positively brutal stint in Carolina in which the 33-year-old had nine points over 29 games, though four of those points came in his last two games. Kaberle is a minus-12 this season and was made a healthy scratch on Nov. 27.
The Bruins traded a first-round pick, center Joe Colborne, and a second-rounder to Toronto last February in exchange for Kaberle. By the end of his time in Boston, Kaberle was logging career-lows in ice time. He was not re-signed in the offseason, and took a surprisingly rich three-year, $12.75 million deal with the Hurricanes.
In exchange for Kaberle, the Habs sent Jaroslav Spacek to Carolina.
|12.09.11 at 1:04 am ET|
Yet in another example of how NHL players are different than any other sport, Shawn Thornton stood up and admitted Thursday – after battling with Krys Barch of the Florida Panthers – that he was just fighting to stick up for his teammate and nothing else.
Midway through the first period, with the Bruins and Daniel Paille on the puck in their own defensive zone, Barch came over to the far corner boards to the left of Tim Thomas and drilled Paille up against the wall.
The force of the two heads colliding was so great that both went to the ice in a daze. When Barch got up, there waiting was Thornton to fight the Panthers forward, who had the nerve to lay what Claude Julien said was a “clean hit” on Paille. Truth be told, Barch did get two minutes for elbowing at the time but replays shows it was a shoulder hit and nothing more.
“I didn’t see it,” Thornton admitted. “I really didn’t, I still haven’t seen it. I just saw Paisey [Paille] laying there and obviously the type of team we are, I’m going to air on the side of sticking up for him. I mean, if it was a clean hit, then it was a clean hit but if it wasn’t, I’m glad we got in there. I mean for, especially guys like me and Soupy [Gregory Campbell] aren’t going to- we’re definitely going to step up if one of our teammates is laying there.
Campbell, indeed, was also ready to fight for Paille, having already dropped his gloves when Paille was drilled by Barch.
“Yeah, that’s my job- it’s both our jobs, I guess,” Thornton said. “Soupy [Gregory Caampbell] is a very, very character guy that, I mean, I’m very fortunate to play with a guy like that but I was trying to get over there at the same time and I think, I mean me and Mr. Barch [Krystofer Barch] have a history anyway so it’s, I take that upon myself, but I commend Soupy for getting in there right away too.
“We’re definitely, I mean especially for me and him I mean, that’s the type of players we are. I think we’re not going to let liberties be taken while were out there, that’s for sure. I was more focused on what I was doing and then I didn’t have a lot of time to think about it after, so wind out of the sails thing, I was on the other side of the rink so wrong guy to ask, I guess.”
Thornton did say the team felt better when they saw Paille in between periods, though they knew right away with a head injury, Paille was done for the night.
‘Well, I saw him in between periods so I think, a little bit of relief there, we were talking, so a little bit of relief there,” Thornton said. “I haven’t gotten an update on him but at least I had a conversation with him so that’s a little easier to take.”
Paille was sent to an area hospital after the game for tests to determine the severity of the injury and whether or not he suffered a concussion.
|12.08.11 at 11:21 pm ET|
Following the team’s 2-0 loss to the Panthers Thursday, Bruins coach Claude Julien did not have a definitive update on the status of forward Daniel Paille, who left the game after being hit into the boards by Krys Barch.
Paille was slow to get up and was woozy in his movements, suggesting he could be concussed. Julien would not confirm a concussion following the game.
“Not a concrete update, just that, as you know, he got dinged pretty good there, and our doctors felt that it was safer to not let him return and examine him a little bit further,” Julien said. “He wasn’t well enough to come back.”
The coach added that Paille was examined by doctors following the game. Paille missed three games last month after he was hit in the face with a slapshot by Islanders’ defenseman Steve Staois, and had played with a full cage until Tuesday’s game, at which point he went back to wearing a visor.
|12.08.11 at 9:29 pm ET|
The Bruins haven’t lost in regulation in a long, long time. Now, the Bruins have suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since the Canadiens swept them in a home-in-home at the end of October.
With less than three minutes to play in a scoreless game, a Shawn Matthias shot yielded a big Tim Thomas rebound for Tomas Kopecky to score the game-winning goal as the Panthers marched into TD Garden and defeated the B’s. Kris Versteeg scored an empty-netter with 41.9 seconds remaining to make it 2-0.
Playing in his 600th career game, Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore made 40 saves in the shutout win. With the loss, the Bruins have now fallen behind the Panthers in the standings and are currently third in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins will next play Saturday when they travel to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets at 1:35 p.m.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Daniel Paille took a hard hit into the boards from Krys Barch in the first period and did not return to the game. While Shawn Thornton immediately went after and fought Barch, it wasn’t a pretty scene as Paille woozily tried to get up and took quite a few seconds before he was on his feet.
With Paille out, Claude Julien went with a few different looks for his line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Barch, who received a charging minor on the play, would take another penalty in the second period when he went off for holding Andrew Ference.
– It was post city for the Bruins, as they struck iron five times through the first two periods. Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg, Patrice Bergeron, Joe Corvo and Brad Marchand all hit the post in the first 40 minutes, making it a much better night for Theodore. Another bid from the Bruins on the power play appeared to hit the top of the Florida netminder’s stick, so it’s safe to say the B’s didn’t have the best luck when it came to cashing in on opportunities Thursday night.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Aside from their two fights (Thornton vs. Barch and Johnny Boychuk vs. Jack Skille), the Bruins took only one penalty on the night. Brad Marchand went off in the second period for elbowing Tim Kennedy, but at full speed, it looked like a pretty soft call. Marchand was in the corner trying to jump around Kennedy to get to the puck in the Bruins’ zone, and it seemed that something may have caught Kennedy.
– The Bruins have now gone four straight games without allowing a power play goal. Including Thursday night’s penalty, the B’s have killed off 13 straight penalties this month.
– Thomas had to come up big to counter Theodore’s play down the other end, and he did until the final minutes. The Bruins’ netminder, who entered the night second in the NHL in save percentage, made 28 saves in regulation, including a point-blank stop on Versteeg with less than a minute to go in the first and what at the time was a potential game-saving stop on Jeff Skille with around four minutes remaining in regulation.
|12.08.11 at 7:51 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli met with the media prior to Thursday night’s game and said that he expects defenseman Dougie Hamilton, whom the Bruins signed to an entry level deal that day, to seriously compete for a job in training camp next year.
“I do,” Chiarelli said. “Based on what I saw [in this season’s camp], and based on how I think he’ll develop, I think he will.
Hamilton has 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points with the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL this season. If Providence’s season is still going on when Niagara’s season is over, Chiarelli said he would like to get Hamilton some time in the AHL on an amateur tryout agreement.
The B’s selected Hamilton with the ninth overall pick in June.
|12.08.11 at 6:58 pm ET|
|12.08.11 at 6:27 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Thursday that they have signed defenseman Dougie Hamilton to an entry-level contract.
Hamilton, who is currently playing for the Niagara IceDogs, has 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points this season and was named Defenseman of the Month for October. The 18-year-old will remain in the OHL this season, but figures to make a push for an NHL job next training camp.
The Bruins chose Hamilton ninth overall in June’s draft, selecting him with a pick acquired in 2009’s trade with the Maple Leafs that sent Phil Kessel to Toronto. Hamilton was invited to Team Canada’ selection camp for the World Junior Championships.
Hamilton spoke to WEEI.com in October about the season he’s been having. Here‘s what he had to say.