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The B's New "Quarterback"

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – In just two games and two practices with the Bruins, newly acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle has already made an impact on his new team -- and coach.

Thursday, after the B’s off-ice workout in Vancouver, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spoke to the media about his newest “quarterback.”

“I always call my D’s quarterbacks. If they move the puck well our offense is going, if they don’t our offense loses its edge. So they are the quarterback that makes things happen. As good as they are is as good as our offense is going to be,” Julien explained.

In terms of Kaberle, who has averaged 21:12 of ice-time in his two games with Boston, Julien is impressed by his skill level.

“First of all it certainly gave our team a lot of confidence to see a guy back there not just because he moves the puck well, but his experience,” he said. “You see some things he does defensively that maybe people didn’t really realize how smart and how good he was in those kinds of situations.”

I always call my D's quarterbacks. If they move the puck well our offense is going, if they don't our offense loses its edge. - Coach Julien
The situation where Kaberle has really quarterbacked the Bruins is on the man-advantage, the hockey equivalent of football’s two-minute drill.

“We’re talking about him on the power play, you know he’s going to be giving some quality passes and he’ll be shooting the puck more,” said Julien. 

Kaberle’s skill and sense of the ice in all facets of the game has trickled down to his teammates, especially his defensive partner Dennis Seidenberg, who continue to benefit from the 6-foot-1 blueliner’s smooth passing. 

“I think Seides has really enjoyed playing with him and understands how good a passer he is now that he’s got him as a partner,” Julien said. “Our forwards are receiving good passes.

"Now you talk about the transition game, it gets even better.

"So there are a lot of things he brings to the table that really helps our team be a better team now,” he said.

The Bruins are 2-0 since Kaberle’s arrival and have allowed just three goals in those two games.

“It’s given us more depth, it has given us the puck-moving piece, it’s given us the skill level, but it’s also made everyone around him better,” Julien said.

---Hannah Becker
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