Coming to Carolina was an easy decision for Kaberle
Posted July 6, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.