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Kaberle hopes to come back

BOSTON -- Defenseman Tomas Kaberle confirmed to the media Sunday that he would prefer to sign with the Bruins before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“Obviously we’re going to talk the next few days," Kaberle said. "Hopefully we can sit down or we can talk to my agent and it will be nice to be back here.”

Kaberle struggled to adapt to coach Claude Julien’s system after being traded to the Bruins on Feb. 18, finishing the season with nine points in 24 games. He continued to struggle to find his game in the playoffs, but came on strong in the finals with three points in seven games and moved the puck better in helping the power play finally generate some offense toward the end of the series.

“The start wasn’t as good as I would have expected,” Kaberle acknowledged of his short time as a Bruin. “I felt better as the playoffs went on and I thought my teammates supported me well. We played really good as a team toward the end. I think I maybe tried to do a little too much at the start and it doesn’t work sometimes when you try to do too much. I just tried to keep it simple, start moving my legs more and just play my game.”