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Chiarelli optimistic about signing Kaberle

KANATA, Ontario -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told the media Monday that there was nothing to report on contract talks with newly acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. Chiarelli did, however, sound confident he would get a deal done after the season.

“Nothing beyond my brief discussion with his rep after we acquired him,” Chiarelli said of negotiations with Kaberle. “We both agreed to wait until the season was over and it was in a very positive light. I’m very optimistic.”

The Bruins acquired Kaberle on Feb. 18, and following his first game with the team that night -- a 4-2 win at Ottawa -- Kaberle said he was happy to be a Bruin but was focused on the season and the playoffs ahead.

“It all depends,” Kaberle said when asked if he wants to stay with Boston after this season. “I’m just kind of focused on the games right now and not focusing on what’s going to happen in July, when I’m a free agent, or if I am going to get signed. It’s something that’s going to be done whether it’s now or in the summertime, and I’m just going to focus on the hockey games.

“I know Boston has been talking about trying to have me on the team the last few years, and obviously I appreciate that. I’m happy to be here and I’ll do my best. Especially playing against them six times or eight times a season before, you get to see a lot of them, and it’s a hard team to play against and it’s one of the reasons why I chose them, too. I think they have a great chance to win and it’s an Original Six club. [I] can’t ask for more.”