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Kaberle Gives B's a New Look

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
CALGARY -- Despite the competition for playing time, the B's defense corps is pretty excited to have Tomas Kaberle join them on the blueline.


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)
"Well he’s going to be a great guy for our team," said rookie Steve Kampfer. "Hopefully he can spark our power play a little bit, get it going.

"In terms of myself, I’m really excited to get to watch him first hand because he’s a puck-moving defenseman and I try to be one.

"So, for me, to learn things from him, and get to watch him day-in and day-out of how he sees the ice, how he makes plays, will probably be helpful for me in the future and hopefully he stays around for a little bit longer," he said.

B's defenseman Adam McQuaid agreed.

"Well, you know, I was a big fan of his growing up," said McQuaid. "That’s kind of weird to say, but I think the main thing is he has a lot of poise, a lot of patience in the pocket.

"He tends to open things up for other guys and just buys some more time."

Asked if Kaberle would have any trouble jumping right into gear with the Bruins, despite the lack of practice time, veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said, "I think he knows the system and everybody knows what to do.

"He’s a great power-play guy so he knows where to put the puck and he knows how to get open.

"So it’s not a problem I think with him not being here and I think his experience can make up for it."

Seidenberg thinks that Kaberle has and will contribute immediately.

"Yeah, definitely," he said. "I mean you saw him step in without backing once [in Ottawa].

"And he’s a guy who created good set-ups and he looks at the net for his one-timers too."

Julien agreed with his defensemen -- young and old.

"You know we were looking for somebody from the back end to quarterback our power play and also help us move the puck better," said Julien. "And there is no doubt [Kaberle] is capable of doing that." 
 
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