Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli gets Kaberle

Boston Bruins GM, Peter Chiarelli, took a huge gamble on Friday when he decided to surrender a couple of draft picks and a former first round pick, Joe Colborne, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for puck moving defenceman,Tomas Kaberle. Chiarelli, whose Bruins are serious Stanley Cup contenders, have filled their season long need for a puck moving offensive minded defenceman. What makes this a big gamble is that Kaberle, who is in his 13th season will become an unrestricted free agent this coming summer. If the Bruins don’t win the Stanley Cup and lose Kaberle then it will be a damaging blow for Boston, who surrendered a 2011 first round pick and a 2012 conditional draft pick in the move. Chiarelli also made some news last Tuesday when he traded a 2011 second round pick to the Ottawa Senators for forward Chris Kelly. On the same day of acquiring Kaberle, the Bruins also traded forward, Blake Wheeler, and defenceman, Mark Stuart, for forwards, Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik. “It’s a strong message to our team and our fans that we want to win and we want to be successful,” Chiarelli said. Prior to the Kaberle deal the Bruins were ranked only 14th league wide when it came to the power play. Kaberle, who for years was a power play specialist in Toronto, will be anchoring the Bruins power play along with captain Zdeno Chara. At this time Chiarelli is confident that they will be able to re-sign Kaberle. “I’ve had some brief discussions with Rick Curran, his agent,” Chiarelli said. Nothing is forthcoming and nothing will be forthcoming until after the season. But I’ve had a good history with Rick and the Orr Hockey Group. We’ve had a good history. I think it would be smooth sailing to sign him when it comes to that time. It’s an important part of the deal because we’re giving up big assets.”


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