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Kaberle Adjusting to First NHL Trade

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins – Today, for the first time in his 12-year NHL career, when Tomas Kaberle entered Toronto’s Air Canada Center, he made his way to the visiting locker room.

Newly acquired Boston Bruins' Tomas Kaberle warms up prior to taking on the Ottawa Senators in NHL hockey action at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Kaberle was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
Before being traded to the Bruins on Feb. 18, Kaberle had spent his entire career with the Maple Leafs.

“Mixed feelings,” Kaberle said of returning to Toronto. “Obviously, being here for so long and being out of position in the room is difficult, but obviously everybody has done it before who has gotten traded.”

Kaberle has now played 12 games with the Bruins, collecting three assists. and feels like he’s beginning to fit in.

“Well, obviously I’ve played a few games already and am trying to fit in at this time. And just trying to do the best I can possibly and help my teammates,” said Kaberle.

Acquired as a puck-moving defenseman, Kaberle was expected to improve the Bruins power play.

Although, the man-advantage has been struggling for Boston, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien still sees an improvement resulting from Kaberle’s arrival.

“Certainly we feel our transition game has improved, we also feel that he’s made people around him a lot better,” Julien said.

“I think when you look at him and see how he plays you really want him to be part of the solution. I like his attitude, I like his approach and I have a feeling that he’ll only get better as we move on here.

“What we wanted to get for this hockey club, was better transition from the back end and certainly he’s provided us with that.”

Julien is also pleased with how the 33-year-old defensemen has been able to fit in with the team and organization during his first experience being traded.

“I like him as a person, there’s no doubt there. He’s a good individual and he seems like a real good team person and he’s fit in well that way, I think the guys really enjoy having him around,” said Julien.

“I’m slowly finding out that he has a pretty good sense of humor to in the dressing room and he’s pretty sharp when it comes to those things.”

As for Kaberle, he’s enjoyed his time in Boston thus far, but is looking forward to a return to post-season hockey.

“We just want to play a good hockey game and play smart. We’ve got 12 games left and play good hockey before the playoffs start,” he said.

“It’s nice to hopefully make the playoffs and be there. It’s a totally different atmosphere. It will be good to play playoff hockey games again, it’s faster and every goal means a lot.”
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