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Tomas Kaberle transcript

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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.

On his excitement to play with Zdeno Chara and David Krejci‘€¦

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

Meet new Bruins forward Rich Peverley

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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.

THE SKINNY

Age: 28

Draft: Undrafted

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.

HE SAID

‘€œI 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.’€

CHIARELLI SAID

‘€œAdding 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.’€

Peter Chiarelli: Bruins aim to re-sign Tomas Kaberle

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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.”

Source: Bruins trade Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart for Rich Peverley, Boris Valabik

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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.

Bruins make Kaberle trade official

Friday, February 18th, 2011

[UPDATE: 2:52 p.m.]The Bruins announced Friday afternoon that they have traded Joe Colborne, their own 2011 first-round pick, and a conditional pick to the Maple Leafs in exchange for four-time All-Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The conditional pick will be a 2012 second-round choice if the B’s either re-sign Kaberle or make it to the Stanley Cup finals.

Kaberle, 32, is in the final year of his contract and has a no-trade clause that would require waiving for a deal to get done. In 58 games this season, he has three goals and 35 assists for 38 points. He will be available to the Bruins Friday night against the Senators, wearing No. 12.

Drafted with the 16th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Colborne has 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 55 games this season for the Providence Bruins.

Bruins snap skid with win over Islanders

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The Bruins broke a three-game losing streak by turning on the offense against a pair of Islanders goaltenders in a 6-3 victory at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night.

Tyler Seguin had his third multi-point game of the season, as he set up Blake Wheeler‘s goal to open the scoring 55 seconds into the game and added his 10th goal of the season in the second period. Wheeler and David Krejci also had multi-point nights with a goal and an assist apiece. Mark Recchi, Gregory Campbell and Milan Lucic also scored for the Bruins. Lucic now has 24 goals on the season, which leads the team.

After the team jumped out to a 4-0 lead, John Tavares scored the first of his two goals on the game in a back-and-forth second period. Josh Bailey scored the other Islanders’ goal.

Islanders starter Nathan Lawson was scored after Seguin’s goal made it 5-1, and Al Montoya made 13 saves on 14 shots. Tuukka Rask improved to 6-11-1 on the season.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– Some have been too quick to give Seguin credit where it isn’t due, but it’s safe to say that Seguin was bringing everything Thursday night that he needs to. The 19-year-old was every bit as engaged as the Bruins are hoping for him to be down the stretch. This was highlighted in the second period, where he was persistent enough score his 10th of the season while losing his balance. Later in the period, he dove at the blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone.

Seguin’s performances weren’t anything special in his first two games following last week’s healthy scratches (in the case of Sunday, it was detrimental in Detroit), but Thursday’s was the type of performance that suggests the youngster is starting to get it.

– As hectic as things were in the second period, it’s good to see Rask turn in a solid performance in the victory. The third goal was preventable, but but considering that he was pulled after two periods and five goals last Friday against the Red Wings, encouraging signs are welcomed for a guy who you have to assume will get more time between now and the end of the season.

– All three lines scored for the Bruins, and their six goals equaled the number they scored in their losing streak. More nights like Thursday would be a welcomed sign for a team that had been outscored 14-6 over their last three.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

Michael Ryder‘s minus-1 made him the lone Bruins player with a negative rating on the game. Now at a minus-5 on the season, Ryder is the only Bruin currently on the roster with a negative rating on the year.

– The Bruins went from dominating the first period to playing in a closely contested second period, and that speaks to both the Islanders waking up and the B’s not keeping the pedal to the metal. They still scored three in the second period, but the Islanders’ opportunities against Rask were far more frequent, as the Bruins were outshot, 22-12, in the second.

- Tavares simply did damage. In addition to his two goals, the former first overall pick could have had a hat trick if it weren’t for a third-period bid behind Rask sliding across the crease.

Bruins hold 6-2 lead entering third

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The first period was all Bruins, but back-and-forth action was the norm for the second period Thursday at Nassau Coliseum. After two, the B’s have a 6-2 lead.

David Krejci scored on his own rebound just 55 seconds into the period, but John Tavares responded with his 22nd goal of the season to get the Islanders on the board. Tyler Seguin scored his 10th of the season while falling down off a pass from Shawn Thornton, and strikes from Josh Bailey and Milan Lucic rounded out the period’s scoring.

Nathan Lawson was yanked after Seguin’s goal, with former sixth overall draft pick Al Montoya taking over in net. The Islanders outshot the B’s, 22-12 in the second, and after two the Bruins hold a 27-26 advantage.