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Coming to Carolina was an easy decision for Kaberle

Posted July 6, 2011

— The Carolina Hurricanes signed Boston free-agent Tomas Kaberle to a three-year contract Tuesday. On Wednesday the defenseman said the decision to sign with the Hurricanes was an easy one.

"I am glad Carolina showed interest about me, I had a few teams asking about me and the final decision I made it Carolina," said Kaberle.

Kaberle said he turned to his brother, Frantisek Kaberle who played for the Hurricanes from 2005 to 2009 and won a Stanley Cup with the team in 2006, for advise on his decision.

"I talked to him before about the team and organization and he said all good things," said Kaberle. "He said it’s a great place to be, he kinda talked about the fans how you don’t really hear how good of fans they are, when you play there they all try to wear red and white the same colors of the team. He felt really good about it. When he was there for his few years I thought he was the happiest out of all the teams he played with throughout his career."

Kaberle also looked at the components of the team, and his relationship with head coach Paul Maurice who coached him from 2006-2008 in Toronto.

"I had a good relationship with Paul in Toronto when he was there," said Kaberle. "I think he’s a great young coach and he’s passionate about it. And it has to do a lot with the players I think they have the best goalie, in Cam Ward, and it’s a young team and they have the chance to go far."

The 2010-11 season marked Kaberle’s 12th in the NHL. He has scored 84 goals, earned 445 assists and compiled a plus-31 rating in 902 regular-season games with Toronto and Boston. In the postseason, he played in all 25 of Boston’s games en route to the Stanley Cup championship, earning 11 assists.

"After you go through what I never experienced before it was amazing," said Kaberle about winning the Stanley Cup. "And obviously you want to do it again. That’s why you play hockey you want to be the number one."

Kaberle said people did not expect the Hurricanes to win the cup in 2006 but when players come together as a team, you can do good things, and he'll do his best to help them do that this upcoming season. 

"I would like to lead on the ice, obviously I am a quiet guy but I would like to leave everything on the ice and lead that way," said Kaberle about how his experience will play a part on the young team. "But if something needs to be said I’ll do that too. I think everyone on the ice needs to be a leader it’s not about one or two guys it’s about everyone."

Kaberle started working out Monday with some other players back home in the Czech Republic and plans to join the team in September. On July 20 Kaberle will get his day with the Stanley Cup and, like most players, will take it to his hometown of Rakovnik and have a party that evening. 

 

 

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  • mistersinister Jul 11, 12:26 p.m.

    He's all yours. Just don't get too mad when there's no physical play and he absolutely refuses to shoot.

    Corvo at half the price and similar stats looks good to me anyday.

  • evenflow2005 Jul 7, 10:00 p.m.

    I do remember his brother Frank Kaberle had a great accurate shot when he was with the Canes. I think Tomas will be a better fit then Corvo, with this team.

  • Luv2Camp Jul 7, 11:50 a.m.

    Welcome Tomas. Folks in the south are very hospitable.

    Boston is a great town, but Carolina is a place where you can spend many happy years.

    Congrats to JR for making sure the team chemistry is right. Goodbye and good riddance to the malcontents that seem to have forgotten who gave them a second chance in their careers.

  • kenshi Jul 7, 11:26 a.m.

    @scientistjo.. TK had 11 pts in the playoffs.. that's not exactly nothing for a defense man.

  • caniacman Jul 7, 9:41 a.m.

    The lines are starting to look good
    D: Pit/Gleas Kaber/Allen Harrison/McBain 7th D will be Joslin for injuries. This will give Faulk a full year in Charlotte maybe a brief call up if two are hurt. They can also leave Murphy in juniors or have him in a full year in Charlotte.
    Line 1: Dalpe/Staal/Boychuk Dalpe best replaces Cole's speed
    Line 2: Ruutu/Jussi/Skinner Jussi and Skinner seem to go well together
    Line 3: Stewart/Sutter/Paniko Interesting line here
    Line 4: Dwyer/Brent/LaRose
    Tlusty is also signed so maybe LaRose goes to top line to start and Tlusty to 4th line This leaves Boychuk, Bowman and Samson the first call ups for injury. Not sold on Samson he may be a career AHL player. I think Bowman could use another year in Charlotte.Boychuk is the interesting one. I think it is his time and if Paniko struggles early well it will be his. Either way they will have some interesting decisions to make assuming no injuries and no other trades.

  • wlcat609 Jul 7, 9:12 a.m.

    Welcome to North Carolina, the land of golf, tailgating, and where the pressure of the press is less. Having played for 'Mo' before I'm sure you know thee 'system'. Count your lucky stars you got the money you did cause the Cane management tends to 'pinch pennies' here.

  • viking416 Jul 7, 8:09 a.m.

    11 points in the playoffs is not bad for a d-man

  • scientistjo Jul 7, 7:12 a.m.

    I'll tell you why he's happy to go to Carolina. Boston wanted nothing to do with him. He was picked up by Boston to help an anemic power play, and he did squat! Boston couldn't get rid of him fast enough. And thanks Tomas for throwing Tim Thomas under the bus when you say that Ward is the best netminder. Thomas won that cup for you. You did NOTHING!

  • mike28 Jul 6, 6:37 p.m.

    I think he will be a good addition to our defense. I think our top two defensive lines look good with Gleason/Pitkanen and Kaberle/Allen. One D to push the puck and pinch when needed and the other to stay at home and be physical. Kaberle over Corvo is an easy decision and a definite upgrade...

  • viking416 Jul 6, 6:16 p.m.

    Welcome aboard Kabs!! Glad to have you here!!

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