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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