Kaberle gets snarly

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

Tomas Kaberle doesn't sound like a man who is about to forgive. Or forget.

Speaking publicly for the first time since absorbing a blind side cheap shot from the New Jersey Devils' Cam Janssen last Friday, Kaberle yesterday denied speculation that he would be lost for the season and said he hopes to be back with the Maple Leafs soon.

"I don't know who said that. Nobody ever said I'm done for the year or anything like that," insisted Kaberle, who suffered a concussion on the play and was carted off the ice on a stretcher.

"I'm feeling better. They just want me to relax for a few days. Then I see a few more doctors before I work out and start skating with the guys."

Kaberle would like to be back at work in three days, although a cautious coach Paul Maurice described that prediction as a "best case scenario."

While Kaberle's actual return date remains difficult to pinpoint, his disdain for Janssen seems crystal clear.

Those who have covered the normally unflappable Kaberle over the years were caught completely off-guard yesterday at the biting words he aimed at Janssen, who received a three-game suspension for his actions.

In the aftermath of the incident, Janssen said he wanted to call Kaberle to make certain the Leafs blue-liner was all right. But asked if Janssen had phoned him yet, Kaberle said no.

"I don't really care if he calls me," Kaberle said. "I don't care (if I hear from him). He doesn't respect me and I don't respect him."

Informed later in the day by the Bergen Record of Kaberle's stinging comments, Janssen was said to be visibly upset.

"I was just waiting for everything to calm down," Janssen said of his impending phone call, adding he was perturbed by Kaberle's quotes.

"Of course it bothers me a little bit," he said. "I respect the guy. I respect him a lot."

As for accusations from Leaf players that he is a cheap shot artist, Janssen apparently couldn't care less.

"They can say what they want about me," he said. "I've just got to go out and do my job. I don't want to see anybody get hurt, but I've got to do the same thing."

For the record, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello did call Kaberle while he was still resting at a New Jersey hospital Saturday.


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