BOSTON — Chuck Kobasew’s career with the Bruins consisted of 148 regular-season games over parts or all or three seasons, plus 11 playoff contests, before he was dealt to Minnesota last fall.
Tonight he makes his return to the TD Garden for the first time as a member of the Wild.
Kobasew admitted it was a little strange to be back in Boston as an opponent. But his memories of skating for the Bruins are fond ones.
“It was good. What I remember the best, I guess, was coming here, not being a playoff team, getting to the playoffs and then the next year winning the conference and getting better every year,” said Kobasew, who joined Boston during the disastrous ’06-07 season and the was one the playoff squads the next two springs.
“It’s fun to kind of be part of that building process.”
Kobasew turned out to be a perfect fit on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi in Marco Sturm’s absence in 2008-09. Nowadays, Tyler Seguin skates with that pair of veterans.
“We’ve had some battles together [in the AHL and NHL] and had some fun playing together; it’s always fun,” said Kobasew.