We knew that Tomas Kaberle's run in Boston was on thin ice as it is the minute he came to the Bruins. After coming off a disappointing postseason, he tested free agency. He originally said that he was going to wait until next week to make a decision, but he was obviously holding out of a big pay day. He signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes worth $12.75 million. He finished the postseason with 11 assists.
Now that Kaberle is out of here, this would be the perfect opportunity to give Steve Kampfer the full time spot in that six man rotation of defensemen. Matt Bartkowski and Colby Cohen are also possible choices, but Kampfer has the most professional experience and he will be our future elite puck-moving defenseman. Even though we drafted Dougie Hamilton, we probably will not see him up with the Bruins for some time.
That is only one possible option because the Bruins also traded their fourth-round pick for defenseman Joe Corvo. He played for the Hurricanes last season and registered 11 goals and 29 assists for 40 points. Looks like there could very well be an open competition for the final spot on the blue line coming up for next season.