B's practice update: Kaberle to rejoin team in Calgary


B's practice update: Kaberle to rejoin team in Calgary

By Danny Picard

WILMINGTON -- As expected, newly-acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle was the only Bruins player missing from Sunday's practice at Ristuccia Arena as the B's prepared to hit the road for four more games, beginning in Calgary on Tuesday night.

Kaberle's equipment, new and old (his blue Maple Leafs pants were hanging from his stall), was in the Bruins' dressing room, but he was not present and also won't be present again on Monday. Kaberle has personal matters to attend to in Canada and will re-join the team in Calgary.

Coach Claude Julien said after Sunday's practice that Kaberle handled the trade like a professional. He practiced with Toronto Friday morning, was informed of the deal, and then made himself available to play with the Bruins later that night in Ottawa.

"Basically, the way he played, it was pretty impressive, in my eyes any way, how he handled the whole thing," said Julien.

The other two new Bruins -- forwards Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly -- were in the house, and the team was split up into black and white jerseys, giving no indication as to what Julien will do with the new third line.

He did say, after practice, that he plans on starting Peverley on the wing with Kelly in the middle and Michael Ryder on the right.

"We'll kind of look at how everything unfolds," said Julien. "Both Peverley and Kelly can play center and wing, which is good to have as versatility."

The next question would be, where does Tyler Seguin fit on the Bruins' roster? Julien said he's not sure if Seguin would take Paille's spot on the fourth line on Tuesday in Calgary, but acknowledged that nobody can guarantee the team stays healthy, so having to make a decision like that, isn't a bad one.

"He's one of those guys that can jump in there, especially sometimes after we've had to kill penalties, coming off a power play, and stuff like that," said Julien. "It's about moving him around, and giving him an opportunity to play when need be. I think he's played much better the last few games.

"It's just a situation where we think he's been playing better. I always try to get those guys, as much as I can, in positions where they can benefit and help our hockey club."

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Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.