BOSTON – Tomas Kaberle enjoyed the best morning of any of the Carolina Hurricanes players today.
In a private meeting with Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, Kaberle received his Stanley Cup championship ring. Kaberle joined Boston after a trade with Toronto last February. He posted 1-8-9 totals in 24 regular-season games, then registered 11 assists in 25 postseason contests.
"It was really nice," said Kaberle about the ring after the morning skate at TD Garden. "I think whoever did it, they did a nice job. I’m sure everybody liked it and it's nice. It was a long season, but it was well worth it. It's a new season now, so you just have to look at it that way. The boys are going to be the enemy tonight."
When he thinks back about his time in Boston, one memory sticks out for Kaberle.
"I think the memories were great, when we had the second day [back in Boston], when we had the parade. There were so many people in the streets, it was an amazing feeling," he said.
Kaberle left the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent in July. The Bruins tried to retain his services, but the Hurricanes came forward with a better offer.
"At the end of the day, Carolina was the most interested in me and I felt like it was a good decision," he explained. "My brother [Frantisek] helped me as well. He played here before and he only said good things about the Carolina organization and the teammates. So that made it even easier for me."
Carolina head coach Paul Maurice had no worries that a return to Boston would hinder Kaberle's effectiveness on the ice.
"He's a pretty even-keel guy, and has a lot of experience and patience," said Maurice. "And if there is some emotion, he's earned it. Good for him. He should be somewhat overwhelmed by getting a Stanley Cup ring and his part in it, and I'm happy for him."