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Habs Looking For A Win, Not Revenge

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

It was the first (and only) game summary of the Canadiens season that spilled onto two pages, the result of 14 goals and 46 penalties totaling 187 minutes in their Feb. 9 goal/slugfest with the Bruins in Boston.

But there is no one on the Canadiens, on the bench or behind it, who believes these two teams will reenact the Beatdown in Beantown Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, CJAD Radio-800).

“Revenge is winning,” Habs defenceman Hal Gill said after practice in Brossard, not needing to be reminded of the defensive horror show that was Boston’s 8-6 victory that night.

“It was crazy, the whole thing. I don’t think that’s the game they want to play, and I know it’s not the game we want to play. In the end, they got the upper hand on us, and we want to take it back.”

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Will Kaberle Stick in Boston?

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:

At this stage it’s too early to tell how contract talks will go between Kaberle and the Bruins as he’s still settling in with the team.

He might be tempted to test the summer’s free agent market, where he’d be among the few notable stars available and thus could earn top dollar. It’s believed Kaberle would prefer to remain in the Eastern Conference and, if he enjoys playing in Boston, would consider a longer term for perhaps less money than he’d fetch in free agency.

read on for more on Kaberle and Vokoun’s future in Florida

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Bruins Look Good, But Are They Good Enough?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

By 3:01 p.m. yesterday, the Bruins’ roster had the same names that were on it over the weekend, the same cast of characters that clipped victories Saturday and Sunday nights in Vancouver and Edmonton. For another year, the NHL trade deadline came and went, and this time Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli felt the wisest thing to do was to be wise enough to do nothing at all.

“We’ve done three deals where we’ve added three good pieces,’’ said Chiarelli, noting trades the last couple of weeks that netted Tomas Kaberle for point duty and Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley for essential, experienced depth up front. “There has been some subtraction. But we felt the net benefit was very positive. There wasn’t anything that, when you look back in hindsight, that you say, ‘Wow, that would have been a good one to do.’ There wasn’t anything like that.’’

Which brings us to the obvious question: are the Bruins of 3:01 p.m. Feb. 28 good enough to bring the franchise its first Stanley Cup since May 11, 1972?

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Bruins Head West, Look To Bond On Road Trip

from Douglas Flynn of NESN,

The Bruins underwent a significant overhaul in the last week with a trio of trades, so maybe it’s a bit fortuitous that they are in the midst of their longest road trip of the season.

As the club works on forging some chemistry on and off the ice with newcomers Tomas Kaberle, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, a little over a week on the road together can do wonders to speed that process.

“I think it’s a great chance for us to get that team bonding going again,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said. “For the new guys to fit in, kind of get away from here and fit in with the team, it always helps more to be on the road. It’s going to be a lot of fun, but we definitely have to take care of business.”

Lucic will get to play tour guide once the Bruins get to his hometown of Vancouver, but first up is a matchup with the red-hot Flames in Calgary on Tuesday.

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Good-Bye Kaberle

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

On Toronto ice, he will be missed, at least for his lovely first passes out of the zone, the dynamic puck movement and his anchoring on the power play point, a role now almost exclusively devolved to the over-rated Dion Phaneuf.

Kaberle may have had an earful of “SHOOT THE DAMN PUCK!” from Leaf fans over the years for his too-patient maneuvering in the offensive zone, but there was no doubt he could see the play with instincts few possess. In his own end, of course, he was often a maddening liability, rarely using his size combatively.

“He’s been here a long time,’’ said Burke. “During that time, he was a low-maintenance player, a quality player on the ice, a community-minded player. He was one of the best defencemen to play here in this era, if not the best.

“And a gentleman the whole time.”

Alas, this is no league for extraordinary gentlemen.

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Pending Atlanta/Boston Trade

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Not official yet, but BOS trading Wheeler and Stuart to ATL for Peverley and Valabik. Pending trade call.

added 1:40pm, McKenzie tweet makes it official.

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Kaberle To The Bruins—it’s official

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Colborne, Boston’s 1st in 2011 and a conditional pick for Kaberle the basis of the trade. Trade call still has to be made to close the deal.

added 1:08pm, via another Dreger tweet,

Bruins may have another deal involving Blake Wheeler in the works. Leafs not involved.

Update 2:52 PM,: As noted below, the trade is official—the Bruins traded Colborne and their first-round draft pick, not the Leafs,’ to Toronto for Kaberle, who the Bruins hope will join their lineup tonight. Colborne will report to the Marlies and, according to the CBC’s Jeff Marek, play against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday.

Brian Burke will conduct a press conference at 4 PM, and as noted previously, the Bruins did trade Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to Atlanta for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik.  Capgeek.com reports that the Bruins will now have about $800,000 in salary cap space to work with.

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Updated: He’s a Bruin!  Kaberle Could Be Traded Today

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

All signs are point to Tomas Kaberle becoming a Boston Bruin today.

This could change, either in a league trade call that has yet to take place between the Leafs and Bruins, or if the teams miscommunicate in the way they did back in June, 2009 when a deal involving Kaberle for Phil Kessel literally fell apart on the draft floor because Brian Burke and Peter Chiarelli believed they were talking about different deals.

Or, of course, the B’s might feel better about their prospects after pounding the Islanders last night.

But right now, it’s believed the Leafs would get Boston’s first round pick this June (not the second of two first rounders sent to the Bruins in the Kessel deal) and a prospect. Winger Blake Wheeler is apparently not in play, but the Leafs might be zeroing in on one of two good Boston prospects, Ontario junior Ryan Spooner or Providence centre Joe Colborne.

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Update 2:28 PM: Per the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle, the trade is official.

Update 2:38 PM the CP confirms that the trade is official and AM 640 in Toronto reports that Brian Burke will hold a press conference today at 4:30 PM EST. Mirtle also has an article up on the Globe and Mail discussing the ramifications of the trade.

Update 2:50 PM: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the Bruins hope to get Kaberle into their lineup tonight.

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Kaberle To Boston Getting Closer

from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report,

Failing a complete meltdown - which has scuttled at least one previous trade involving the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tomas Kaberle, and the Boston Bruins - there’s strong belief that Kaberle will be traded to Boston.

It’s unlikely the deal gets done today, but sources say it’s close and say the deal doesn’t hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins.

The dynamics of the trade haven’t been entirely worked out and sources indicate the Leafs are is waiting for Boston to put the final pieces of the puzzle in place - a process which may take another day or two to finalize.

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Tim Thomas Feels He Can Be Better

from James Murphy of ESPN Boston,

“Obviously as a whole our team is struggling and making mistakes we don’t normally make, but I need to be better,” said Thomas, who is now 26-8-6 with a 2.02 GAA and .938 save percentage. “I’m not making the big saves I need to make to help the team win and I need to start doing that again.”

Coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that he will continue to get Tuukka Rask some starts to rest Thomas as the season winds down and the playoffs near.

“We don’t want to get to the point where he’s exhausted,” Julien said of Thomas. “Is he a little tired? I would expect that he is, like a lot of players at this time of the year. February is usually a tough month and you kind of get your second wind in March. But this is something that I think we want to manage as well as we can. I don’t think he’s exhausted. I think he may be a little tired. As I’ve mentioned, it’d be nice to see Tuukka come in and play some solid games for us.”

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