|02.20.11 at 11:54 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Tomas Kaberle isn’t in town, but those packing the stands at Ristuccia in Wilmington get to see Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley for the first time. While that’s all fine and dandy, the real question of how these lines will shake out remains unanswered. Rather than wearing their traditional color-coded practice sweaters to indicate lines, the B’s wore black and white uniforms for a skate that included a scrimmage.
Unfortunately the scrimmage was of 4-on-4 variety, so the lines for the B’s with Peverley in the mix remain unknown. Check back for more following practice.
|02.19.11 at 3:55 am ET|
Great stuff from Brian Burke‘s presser on Friday. The Maple Leafs general manager went out of his way to clear up what he called “misinformation” this week surrounding the dealings between he and Tomas Kaberle‘s camp. Here’s what he had to say (video below):
“The player did not want to leave. I want to be clear on that. He asked for an extension several times, and I didn’t feel we were in a position to meet what I thought his demands would be. I said to him, ‘You’ve got to work with us to get something if you want to, and if not we’ll go from there.’
“He came back and he said that he would like us to start with the Boston Bruins. I said, ‘OK, that makes sense. We’ll try to get [Kaberle] there, but we’re not accepting a one team list from any agent or any player. We set our price, which was a first-round pick and a prospect off our list, not their list. I said, ‘If Boston meets that, we’ll make the deal, and if they don’t, we want two more teams. And if we [can’t make it work with those teams], we want two more teams after that.'”
Here’s Burke talking about his team’s chances of still making the playoffs, and why he didn’t feel it was worth keeping Kaberle if it meant they’d be a No. 8 seed and get their rears kicked in the first round. It’s clearly not something he wants to talk about at length, as the second video shows.
|02.18.11 at 10:07 pm ET|
The new-look Bruins didn’t get off to the prettiest of starts, but they finished strong to earn a 4-2 victory over the Senators at Scotiabank Place on Friday night.
Brad Marchand had a pair of goals, while Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton and David Krejci also multi-point performances. Krejci now has 11 points over his last 10 contests. Dennis Seidenberg also scored for the B’s.
Marlborough native and former University of New Hampshire Wildcat Bobby Butler provided the Senators with their first tally, beating Tuukka Rask at 2:50 of the second period for his third goal in three games. Butler’s strike opened the game’s scoring, but Marchand’s goal from Tyler Seguin and Ference pulled the B’s even. After Horton gave them the lead at 9:47 of the third, the B’s never looked back. Alexei Kovalev scored for the Senators with 1:30 remaining in the game.
Rask made 32 saves in the game, improving to 7-11-1 on the season.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Almost unbelievably, Rask has won back-to-back games for the first time all season. The 23-year-old netminder hasn’t really gotten many opportunities to string together much success, but with Claude Julien clearly willing to give him more starts down the stretch, Rask’s performances Thursday and Friday are good for both the confidence of the Finland native and the B’s.
– Friday was about a couple of veterans making their Bruins debuts, but it was the rookies who once again came up big for the B’s. Seguin took a pass from Ference to set up Marchand’s 17th goal of the year, and considering how he’s played the last two nights, it will be hard for the Bruins to scratch the second overall pick when the team returns to action Tuesday in Calgary. With Marchand’s two tallies, he now has 18 on the season.
– On a night in which it appeared Horton may be regressing back to the point where he was back to slumping, the 25-year-old came up big. He entered the night with just one point over his last four games, but he fired a beautiful wrester past Robin Lehner off a nice pass from Krejci at 9:47 of the third. He also drew a holding penalty on holding penalty on Erik Karlsson in the second period, though he went off for holding Milan Michalek at 11:38 of the third.
– The team showed how their power play will be able to operate with Tomas Kaberle, as the newcomer helped orchestrate Seidenberg’s goal. On the night, the B’s power play went 1-for-5.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins came out in the first period like a team that had spent the day selling off assets, and not gaining them. They played with very little energy in the first, getting outshot 12-5. Rask came up big throughout the period, which is the silver lining in a surprisingly flat start by the Bruins.
The Bruins did pick it up after their sluggish period, grabbing a 13-8 advantage in shots in the second period and sustaining that increased energy through the third.
– Johnny Boychuk was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. With Kaberle now in the fold, Boychuk could be the guy that is a regular healthy scratch, with Adam McQuaid and Steven Kampfer also candidates.
|02.18.11 at 7:24 pm ET|
Courtesy of the Bruins, here is the transcript of new Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle‘s comments to Bruins.com writer John Bishop:
On his reaction to the deal…
It was one of those things, I found out after practice today. My reaction was mixed feelings.
Obviously, you know here 13 years and playing for the Leafs. It’s sad to leave but at the same
time happy to go to Boston. Original Six, it’s a really good team, good organization. Hopefully I
have a chance to play in the playoffs.
On how he would describe himself as a player’¦
Yeah, I think so, offensive-minded, puck mover, skate and pass mentality, just try to keep it
simple. Hopefully I’ll help out the power play and offensive guys on the team.
Yeah obviously like I said, in the past, especially the last couple years, there was a lot of talk
about moving out from Toronto. Boston always come up in the media and stuff. I was kind of
glad about Boston because of the history and stuff like that. It’s such an honor to join and spend
time with a new challenge for me.
On his conversation with Mark Recchi this afternoon’¦
It was actually unbelievable. Mark texted me first, congratulating me on the trade, he was happy
about it, and wishing good luck and hopefully I can make it tonight, and anytime I need
something I can call him or text him, and he would be more than helpful to show me around, and
help me out in Boston.
On his impression of the Bruins’¦
Obviously a tough team to play against. Start with the goalies, you know they’re always tough to
beat. Seems like a good defensive team and at the same time they’ve got a lot of scoring, like
guys up front, which is great. I’m looking forward to it.
On how he can help the Bruins in all three zones’¦
I’m just going to try to fit to the team first. Today’s a busy day, with traveling, and the game.
Like I said, a lot of mixed feelings, excitement at the same time. Hopefully we’ll have to keep it
simple tonight. Obviously the first couple practices are gonna tell more about the system and
everything. Hopefully I’ll jump right into it and fit well.
On waiving his no-trade clause’¦
Like I said, I was always thinking Boston would be nice to play for. Honestly growing up, it was
my team because Raymond Bourque was playing for the team. I always looked up to him, he
was like my hero when I was a kid. Now I get the chance to play for the team, so it’s kind of
special, and you know, last year, there were a few teams on the list. This year we kind of decided
to try and keep it away from media and stuff. Hopefully the Boston fit-in could be good for both
sides. For me and Boston as well.
On his impression of the city of Boston’¦
I think it’s a great sports city, and hockey city. Because you know New England, Boston Red
Sox and Boston Bruins. I know I always liked the fans and inside the stadium they’ve been loud
and always when we played them, it was such a good atmosphere
|02.18.11 at 6:13 pm ET|
In addition to landing the big fish in Tomas Kaberle Friday, the Bruins made a move that both cleared salary and improved their 2010-11 roster by sending Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Thrashers in exchange for forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. While Valabik doesn’t figure to have an immediate impact on the NHL club, Peverley could play a significant role for the Bruins down the stretch.
Contractual status: Has one more year remaining on his deal after this season at a very reasonable $1.325 million cap hit.
2010-11 stats: 59 games played, 14 goals, 20 assists, 34 points, minus-16.
WHAT HE BRINGS
Peter Chiarelli noted Friday that Peverley’s 161 shots this season would be second on the Bruins. What he didn’t note is that Peverley has as many goals this season (14) as Nathan Horton. Experienced at both center and wing, he figures to fit into the mix as a third-line winger, though that complicates the rest of the bottom six.
It will be interesting to see what this means for Tyler Seguin and the entire dynamic of the bottom six forwards. Chiarelli said Friday that he sees the team keeping the fourth line intact, but it’s hard to imagine Seguin sitting much if he continues to play the way he did Thursday.
The B’s might be better off sitting Daniel Paille ‘ who has played very well this month but missed four games with a suspension ‘ and playing a guy like Chris Kelly on the fourth line. Chiarelli reiterated Friday that the team traded for Kelly to replace Marc Savard, but right now there are simply too many bodies to make sense of it all.
WHY THEY MADE THE DEAL
At face value, this appears to be a smart move for the Bruins for both this season and next season. Wheeler, who carries a $2.2 million cap hit, will be a restricted free agent at season’s end. Given that Peverley, who has out-produced Wheeler this season, will definitely be around for another season at nearly $900,000 saves the team money as they look into potentially re-upping Kaberle. The money saved between Wheeler and Peverley obviously won’t be the ultimate difference in whether they have the space to retain their new blueliner, but it helps.
‘I just, I like to use my speed. That’s probably my number one asset, my speed and my quickness. I do like to shoot the puck a lot and make plays offensively. I’ve really been working on my faceoffs these past two years, learned a lot in Nashville when I was there from a lot of guys. It’s a big thing, I take a lot of pride in it being a really faceoff guy. I know there are some guys there who are already really good at faceoffs so hopefully I can help out in that category also.’
‘Adding Chris Kelly was a lot in part to replace Marc Savard. Obviously he’s not the same player as Marc Savard, but he’s a two-way player that can help out down the middle. And Peverley was to maintain speed and skill and to get better shooting. We scored more goals this year but I still think we can improve our shooting. And he’s got a real good shot and he will help us improve that.’
|02.18.11 at 5:07 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke Friday at TD Garden to discuss a busy day in which he made two trades. The Bruins moved Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Thrashers earlier in the day in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik before sending Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first-round selection in the coming draft, and a conditional pick to Toronto in exchange for Tomas Kaberle.
“It’s a strong message to our team, to our fans that we want to win and we want to be successful,” Chiarelli said Friday.
Kaberle has long been rumored as a potential trade target for the Bruins. In 58 games with this season, the 32-year-old Czech blueliner has three goals and 35 assists for 38 points.
“We felt that we needed a player like Tomas,” Chiarelli said. “A player with good vision, a good skater who can quarterback a power play, has played many games in the league. A very smart, heady player who can skate.”
Kaberle had to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal to Boston, and will be a free agent at season’s end. Given the steep price the B’s had to pay in Colborne, the 16th overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft, Chiarelli is hopeful that Kaberle will prove to be more than a rental.
“I looked upon this trade as we looked upon the [Dennis] Seidenberg trade. He’s a guy that you want to re-sign,” the GM said. “Having the time of when you acquire him to the time you sign him, it gives a little flavor of the player and how he fits in the group.
“Of course there’s a chance that we won’t re-sign him, but I want to re-sign him. We want to re-sign him. I’ve had some brief discussions with Rick Curran, his agent, and nothing is forthcoming. Nothing will be forthcoming until after the season, but I’ve had a good history with Rick and the Orr hockey group. I think it would smooth sailing to sign him when it comes to that time. It’s an important part of this deal because we’re giving up significant assets.”
Chiarelli noted that given the deals for Kaberle and Peverley, in addition to Tuesday’s trade for Ottawa center Chris Kelly, he believes that as far as big deals go, the Bruins should be quiet leading up to Feb. 28’s trade deadline.
“If I do anything else, it will be something very small unless something significant is available and fits,” he said. “For the most part, we’re done.”
|02.18.11 at 1:30 pm ET|
According to a source, the Bruins have swung a deal with the Thrashers that will send forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart to Atlanta in exchange for center Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. TSN’s Bob McKenzie was the first to report the deal.
Peverley, 28, has another year remaining on his contract that carries a cap hit of $1.325. He has 14 goals and 20 assists this season for 34 points. Wheeler has 11 goals and 16 assists on the season for 27 points. He will be a restricted free agent at season’s end.
Stuart, set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, has one goal and four assists for five points in 31 games. He missed time this season due to a fractured and dislocated finger and was relegated to being a healthy scratch upon his return. Valabik, a 6-foot-7, 255 pound blueliner, was the 10th overall pick of the 2004 NHL draft.
[UPDATE: 2:33 p.m.] The Bruins have confirmed the deal.