|Carey Price happy for Tim Thomas for skipping White House, standing up for what he believes in||01.25.12 at 12:55 am ET|
A lot of people have had opinions on Tim Thomas’ decision to skip the White House Monday. Count Carey Price among those who applaud Thomas’ controversial move.
The Canadiens goaltender said Tuesday that he respects Thomas’ decision to skip the team’s day with President Barack Obama. In a statement explaining the decision, Thomas said it “was not about politics or party,” something Price got a kick out of.
“He’s not political? That’s a pretty political move,” Price told reporters with a laugh. “It’s bold. Good on him, to stand up for what he believes in.”
Price was then asked if he would visit Prime Minister Stephen Harper if the Habs ever won the Cup.
“I’d be there with bells on. That’s just me,” he said. “I don’t really have much issues with our government. Everybody has their own opinions, and it’s absolutely amazing that [Thomas] stands up for what he believes in, so good on him.”
Canadiens defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who won the Cup with the B’s, made the trip to the White House, but offered little comment on the Thomas situation.
“It’s the guy’s opinion,” Kaberle said, “and that’s it.”
|Bruins happy to see that Tomas Kaberle has weathered the storm||12.19.11 at 12:58 pm ET|
Perhaps nobody will ever know what the Hurricanes were thinking when they gave Tomas Kaberle a three-year, $12.75 million contract this season, but he isn’t their problem anymore.
The Hurricanes dumped the underperforming Kaberle’s contract this month when they shipped the veteran blueliner to Montreal in exchange for Jaroslav Spacek. Thus far, Kaberle, who was a favorite among teammates in Boston, is proving that one team’s garbage can be another team’s gold.
In his first 27 games in Carolina, Kaberle registered only five points — all assists — and had a dreadful minus-2 rating and was even made a healthy scratch. After stringing together back-to-back games in his 28th and 29th contests for Carolina, he was sent to Montreal, and he’s been a point-a-game player since. In four games since the trade to Montreal, Kaberle has matched his total through 27 games with the Hurricanes in registering five assists. That makes him four points shy of the nine-point total he had in 24 regular-season games with the B’s last season.
“He’s come in and kind of helped settle our power play down,” Habs coach Randy Cunneyworth said Monday. “I think he’s done a great job of showing a lot of poise back there and finding the openings that are available to him. he sees the ice so well. He’s a guy that knows how to play back there, and he’s a guy that will do great work going forward. We’re pleased to have him on board. It was good timing, having him aboard, because we were kind of floundering on the power play, so we’ve kind of gotten into a better direction with him back there.”
For a guy who had a tough go of it in Carolina and even in Boston before the team won the Stanley Cup, the Bruins are happy to see him doing well.
“Kabby is a great, great guy, a great person, and he’s a really good player. He signed a really good deal,” Gregory Campbell said with a grin after Monday’s morning skate. “I don’t feel too sorry for him [for his struggles], but I think he’ll do well in Montreal. He’s used to playing in that market. Obviously he played in toronto for a long time, and he helped us a lot. I know he’s going to help them, just hopefully not tonight.”
Said Claude Julien: “Kabby was a great individual, and for whatever people may think of him, he helped us win a Stanley Cup. Maybe people didn’t see him as having as much of an impact as they all thought he would, or even ourselves, but he still brought a positive element to our hockey club and he certainly helped us control the puck from the back end onto the power play. What he’s done right now in Montreal is exactly what he’s known for – being a good power play guy, a good puck moving defenseman and I hope he succeeds because he deserves it.”
Kaberle was not available to the media Monday morning. He did participate in morning skate though, so that should dispel rumors that he was at a Hello Piggy Band concert.
|Tomas Kaberle traded to Canadiens||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.
|Former Bruins prospect Joe Colborne eager to prove B’s wrong||11.29.11 at 7:37 pm ET|
Every time the Bruins play the Maple Leafs, there will always be talk of the forwards the teams have swapped, but beginning Wednesday, that conversation will be about more than just Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin.
Center Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first-round pick (16th overall) in 2008 draft and the centerpiece of the package the B’s sent to Leafs in February for Tomas Kaberle, has played the last five games in the NHL and is already producing.
The 21-year-old Colborne has been skating on the third line for the Leafs, and has registered four points (1 G, 3 A) in his five NHL games this season. Now that he’s facing the B’s, he’s got plenty of motivation to prove them wrong.
'Anybody, who says they don't want to do well against your old team would be lying,' Colborne told the Toronto Star Tuesday. 'I hope I can show what I can and contribute to the Leafs.'
Colborne was in his first AHL season when he was shipped to Toronto, but said that he was in the organization long enough to know what the Bruins were all about.
'I understand the hard work they went through to win the Stanley Cup ' after getting rid of me,' he jokingly told reporters. 'It's going to be interesting. I'm looking forward to it.'
While playing for Providence, Colborne had 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 goals in 55 games. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound forward added eight points and eight assists for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL last season following the trade. Count Claude Julien among those happy to see him in the NHL and playing well.
“I think it would have been a matter of time, probably with us as well,” Julien said Tuesday of Colborne playing in the NHL. I liked him. I liked his skill level. Obviously his size, [he's] a big strong centerman and stuff like that.
“I don’t think anybody wishes him not to do well. I’m one of those guys that really liked him personally. He’s a great individual, and to see him get an opportunity to play in the NHL is always nice. Unfortunately you can’t always be with the same team, but at least the guys that deserve it get to play in the NHL. He’s certainly one of those players that I think deserves it.”
While the Kessel trade will never be in question from Boston’s end because it landed the B’s Seguin, Dougie Hamilton and Jared Knight, the Kaberle trade is somewhat of a different case. In addition to Colborne, the B’s sent their 2011 first-round pick and a 2012 second-rounder to Toronto in exchange for the defenseman, who had a generally dreadful stay in Boston. Still, it all ended with him hoisting the Stanley Cup, so it’s hard to criticize the trade, regardless of the fact that the Maple Leafs will likely have gotten the better players, and for far more service time (Kaberle was not re-signed following his four-month stint with the Bruins).
The B’s are happy to see Colborne doing well, but now that they’ll be seeing a lot of him for a long time, that may soon change.
|Tomas Kaberle insists they are not called Hello Piggy Band||10.18.11 at 12:46 pm ET|
There was perhaps no more perplexing Stanley Cup celebration than that of Tomas Kaberle, who spent his day with the trophy in the Czech Republic at an event featuring guys called the Hello Piggy Band and doing crazy things with swords. When Kaberle signed with the Hurricanes in the offseason, the millions of questions regarding the day had to wait, but they were finally answered on Tuesday… kind of.
Kaberle, who is mild-mannered and very kind with the media, insisted three times that the band is not called the Hello Piggy Band. So there’s that.
“They don’t call it Piggy Band,” Kaberle said. “They’re like an entertainment group of three guys. They’ve been well-known in Czech. We thought they would be good to approach them and ask if they could play a few songs there'¦ but they don’t call it Piggy Band.”
Asked later what the band was called, Kaberle said he wasn’t sure what the translation would be, but that “they don’t call it Piggy Band.”
I’m certainly no expert on Czech trios, but look at the overalls. Something stinks about Kaberle’s story.
Kaberle actually got to have two days with the Cup, as he and fellow Czech Republic native David Krejci combined days in a joint celebration.
“It was awesome,” Kaberle said. “The second day, I went with him. We did similar stuff in his hometown. It was a really good two days. It’s too bad it was raining, but my thing was indoors at the first place and the second thing was outdoors, but people still showed up. It was amazing.”
“It’s really nice,” Kaberle said of the ring. “Whoever did it, they did a nice job. I’m sure everybody liked it. It was a long season, but it was well worth it.”
After being acquired on Feb. 18 from Toronto in exchange for Joe Colborne, a 2011 first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick in 2012 (the Maple Leafs got the pick when the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup finals), Kaberle struggled in Boston. He failed to improve a weak power play, displayed poor skating was heavily criticized in the media for his tendency to pass when a shot was there. Kaberle’s ice time was cut significantly as the playoffs wore on, yet through his struggles, Kaberle never ducked the media and on Tuesday said he won’t let the criticism damage his memory of his stint in Boston.
“Obviously, that comes with the territory and comes with the job,” Kaberle said of the criticism. “There’s always pressure, and if you’re not performing like you’re supposed to, you’re going to hear it. That’s fine with me.”
The Bruins told Kaberle following the season to test the waters and that they would stay in touch. Kaberle went unsigned in the first few days of free agency before eventually getting a three-year, $12.75 million deal with the Hurricanes. He said Tuesday that there were points at which he thought he’d be back in Boston.
“We were talking for a bit,” he said. “Obviously, my agent did all the work. At the end of the day, Carolina had the most interest in me. I felt like it was a good decision. My brother [Frantisek Kaberle] helped me as well. He played there before and always said good things about the Carolina organization and teammates. It made it even easier for me.
“When you win the Stanley Cup, it’s tough to leave, but sometimes it’s a business and that’s the way it goes in the NHL.”
Through five games this season, Kaberle has one point (an assist) and is a minus-5.
|Struggles aside, Bruins remember Tomas Kaberle fondly||10.11.11 at 11:40 pm ET|
When the Bruins play the Hurricanes Wednesday night in Carolina, they will play against a member of the 2010-11 champions for the first time, and perhaps no one fell victim to the harsh Boston spotlight more Tomas Kaberle.
Kaberle, for whom the Bruins traded former 16th overall pick Joe Colborne, a first-round pick and a second-rounder to the Maple Leafs, came to the Bruins on Feb. 18 of last season with big expectations. The veteran blueliner was popular amongst his teammates, but struggled in his stint with the Bruins, failing to improve a wretched power play, hesitating to shoot and proving to be a liability in his own zone. When his contract expired the Bruins told him to test the waters, and he ended up taking a three-year deal worth $12.75 million with the Hurricanes.
“I don’t know if the pressure bothered him. I mean, he played in Toronto, where there’s tons of pressure,” Dennis Seidenberg said. “He felt like it was the best situation for him to go to Carolina, and he got a good deal, so it’s good for him.”
Kaberle had averaged upwards of 22 minutes per night in his career with the Maple Leafs, but he saw his ice time with the Bruins cut down significantly as time went on. Things looked their worst in the Eastern Conference finals, when he committed costly turnovers and ended up playing what at the time was a career-low (injuries excluded) of 11:35 in Game 4 against the Lightning. He played better in the Stanley Cup finals, but in Game 7 set a new career-low with 9:14 of ice time.
“It’s never good if you see a player that’s been so successful in the past to struggle a little bit, but he was really good,” Seidenberg said. “He knew how to handle himself, and you would never knew how he was doing on the ice with the way he acted in the locker room with us. He’s just a great guy.”
Though he will be on the other team Wednesday, Seidenberg admitted Tuesday that the members of last season’s historic Bruins team will always remember one another fondly.
“I think even if we didn’t win the Cup, Tomas is just a really nice guy, and good to hang out with and a great team guy,” Seidenberg said. “Winning the Cup with him definitely makes it a little more special. Down the road, it’s going to be nice to exchange stories and talk about.”
This season, Kaberle is playing on the Hurricanes’ top power play unit. He has no points and is a minus-3 for the Hurricanes, who are 0-2-1 through three games.
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