After practice with the Maple Leafs on Friday, Kaberle was notified that he had been dealt to the Boston Bruins.
The transaction set the puck-moving defenseman in motion -- literally -- from Toronto to Ottawa.
"It’s been a long day," said Kaberle in understatement after the B's 4-2 victory over the Senators in Scotiabank Place. obviously busy.
Boston Bruins Media Relations recounted the ensuing hours...
After being notified of the trade after Toronto’s practice on Friday, Kaberle boarded a flight in his gameday attire (full suit and tie) from Toronto to Ottawa on Friday afternoon with his sticks and hockey equipment in tow.
- He touched down in Ottawa at approximately 5:25 p.m. local time and after gathering his gear from baggage claim, and jumped in a town car headed to Scotiabank Place.
- Kaberle arrived at Scotiabank at 6:19 p.m. and was greeted by Bruins equipment manager Keith Robinson who met him at the loading dock to help him with his equipment.
- Kaberle proceeded to walk in the arena and greeted some of his new teammates including Mark Recchi, Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, Michael Ryder and Dennis Seidenberg while they were playing their pregame soccer game in the locker room hallway. He then caught up briefly (in Czech) with fellow Czech Olympic teammate David Krejci before being brought into the Bruins Coaches Room for a short introduction to the B’s coaching staff.
- Kaberle then changed out of his suit and into his hockey gear, got a stretch in while Robinson outfitted him in his new Bruins hockey pants, helmet (with #12 decals), gloves and laces.
- While getting in his uniform, Assistant Coach Doug Houda reviewed some pointers on video and by 7:00 p.m. he was taking the ice with his new squad for warm-ups.
- He joined NESN’s Naoko Funayama for her warmup bench interview and TSN’s Brent Wallace for their pregame interview as well following warm-ups.
Kaberle logged 19:34 for the B's and was on the ice when Seidenberg notched his game-winner at 15:20 of the third.
"That’s pretty much what happened," said Kaberle when he was asked about being dropped into the fray. "I got here twenty minutes before warm-ups and sometimes it’s the best way to do it.
"All the guys were great to me, a good atmosphere. I guess that’s a big win for us."
Despite the speed of the events, Kaberle admitted that he had time to think about his career changing day.
"A mixed emotional day, after 13 years in Toronto, it’s not easy to swallow," he said. "But I’ve got no regrets."
And Kaberle is happy to have the proverbial shoe drop early.
"It seems like for the last few years at the deadline I was going to be dealt and then not dealt," he said. "It’s not easy to think about it every time.
"The whole month gets kind of long and long are you’re just trying to focus on the hockey games.
"Now it’s over and I can just focus on the hockey games and hopefully we can get to the playoffs and have a good run," he said.
Lost in the shuffle of uniforms was the news that the switch from blue and white to Black & Gold fulfilled a childhood dream for Kaberle.
"I was always thinking Boston would be nice to play for," said Kaberle. "Honestly growing up, it was my team because Raymond Bourque was playing for the team.
"I always looked up to him, he was like my hero when I was a kid. Now I get the chance to play for the team, so it’s kind of special, and you know, last year, there were a few teams on the list. This year we kind of decided to try and keep it away from media and stuff.
"Hopefully the Boston fit...could be good for both sides. For me and Boston as well," he said.
For now, however, Kaberle has some work to do -- off the ice.
"You know the next couple days all the paper work is going to be done," said Kaberle to the press postgame in Ottawa. "I’ll meet the guys Monday in Calgary."