BOSTON — It took him a while to get used to the scrutiny that comes with playing for the Bruins.
But Tomas Kaberle finally settled in.
Despite a couple of low points along the way, Kaberle was a big contributor to the Bruins’ cause in completing their seven-game Stanley Cup-winning victory over Vancouver. Although he’s due to be an unrestricted free agent July 1, Kaberle wants to be back to defend the Cup title.
“Obviously we’re going to talk the next few days and everything was hectic the last couple of days,” he said today before leaving break-up day at TD Garden. “And hopefully we can sit down or they can talk to my agent and it will be nice to be back here.”
When asked if that’s definitely his preference, Kaberle said “Yes.”
For the 25 games in Boston’s playoff run, Kaberle recorded 11 assists and was plus-8. A full season in the Bruins’ system would probably do him well.
General manager Peter Chiarelli had plenty of kind words for Kaberle Friday.
“The expectations were very high on him when he came in but you have to understand that, I go to him because he seems to be, of the group that we brought in, seems to be the most vulnerable. You know he brings, and you saw it more against Vancouver, he brings the ability to both slow down the play and speed it up with his passing and skating,” said the GM. “And he freezes guys, he freezes guys for the opposing forecheck, he freezes them in the neutral zone. He makes great passes, he skates into the trap. I think he was our top defensive scorer, he skates into the trap. So anyways, he was a real important component here and I know he was criticized for a time. But you know I’ll continue to defend him because he’s a good person and he brought a lot to the back end.”