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Tomas Kaberle took his brother’s advice by signing with Carolina

When a prominent unrestricted free agent is traded to a team that wins the Stanley Cup in his contract year, that usually means a fast track to fat stacks of cash. In many cases, that individual’s payday is grossly inflated from where it was supposed to be.

Yet in the case of Tomas Kaberle, it seemed like his abbreviated struggles with the Boston Bruins only hurt his chances when it came to negotiating his next paycheck. The Czech-born blueliner simply didn’t fit in very well with Bruins coach Claude Julien’s system as he did little to improve the team’s ailing power play.

That being said, sometimes different systems fit different players. If any team could make things work with Tomas Kaberle, it’s the Carolina Hurricanes (otherwise known as the club that yielded about as much as one could expect from his brother Frantisek Kaberle).

Frantisek played four seasons with Carolina, including the 2005-06 Stanley Cup winning campaign. While most people will point to the three-year, $12.75 million contract – the same annual cap hit as his previous contract, by the way – as Tomas Kaberle’s main reason for signing with the Hurricanes, reveals that his brother’s feedback also played a big role in that decision.

“He talked about the fans, how you don’t really hear throughout the League how good of fans they are,” Tomas Kaberle said Wednesday, a day after signing a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Hurricanes. “When he was there for his time, his few years, I thought he was the happiest out of the three teams he played on in the NHL. It made it an easier decision for me.”


“I got an offer from Boston, but it was a little bit different offer than I got from Carolina,” Kaberle said. “I loved to play there (in Boston). The boys were great. Everybody was great to me right from the first day I got in, and obviously in the end it was a special moment that made it even bigger. But sometimes it’s all about business, and Carolina showed really good interest in me.”

It makes sense that the Hurricanes took interest in Tomas Kaberle. After all, they’ve been a very family-oriented (and familiarity-oriented) team during this off-season, so why not get the “better’ Kaberle brother?

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?