Kaberle: 'Raymond Bourque was my hero'

Kaberle: 'Raymond Bourque was my hero'

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comOTTAWA The Bruins are going to have a whole new look tonight, and it starts with Tomas Kaberle and Chris Kelly taking the ice for the Black and Gold for the first time at Scotiabank Place.Kaberle will wear no. 12 because his No. 15 isnt available and Chris Kelly will wear No. 23 in their first go-round with the Bs. The four-time All-Star defenseman spoke about his feelings prior to arriving at Scotiabank Place, and said some of the magic words that Bruins fans wanted to hear: the Bruins were his team as a kid and Ray Bourque was his hero growing up in the Czech Republic.Never hurts to speak about a legendaryBruins' Hall of Famer in glowing terms when you're about to don the Black and Gold uniform for the very first time.Growing up, the Bruins were my team because Raymond Bourque was my hero, and I always looked up to him as a little kid, said Kaberle, who immediately becomes a minutes muncher at the defenseman position along with Zdeno Chara. I hope to help out on the power play, and just keep things simple.The mere thought of Kaberle talking power play immediately lets the mind wander toward the newest Bs defensemen feeding pucks for Chara one-timers from his left point position just as Peter Chiarelli envisioned when he mentioned the defensemen point duo of Kaberle and Brian McCabe that used to be so effective in Toronto.Kaberle would lead the Bs defensemen with 35 assists and 38 points on the season, and his prolific ability to help out on the power play is well documented in an area that Boston needs all kinds of help.Kaberle said it was difficult to leave the Leafs after 15 years with the organization, but the idea of participating in the playoffs for the first time in five years after wallowing through the muck and the mire was something he couldnt pass up in a city hes looking to try on for size.Its mixed feelings. I've been with the Leafs for 15 years, said Kaberle. Its sad to leave, but I'm going to a really good organization in Bruins, and Im really excited to be looking at a chance to play in the playoffs. Ive watched Boston really get good in the last few years, and its exciting to be part of such a good team with good goaltending.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.