Leaving T.O. 'tough to swallow'

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 AM ET

OTTAWA — By the time Tomas Kaberle’s own Freaky Friday was over, the veteran NHL defenceman was somewhat drained of both energy and emotion.

Hours after taking part in the Maple Leafs’ morning skate at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Kaberle was hopping on a plane for Ottawa where his new team, the Boston Bruins, was playing the Senators last night.

Despite arriving at ScotiaBank Place only an hour before game time, Kaberle still saw nearly 20 minutes of ice time, though he was held pointless and finished with a minus-1 in a 4-2 Bruins victory. Afterwards, he was just glad it was all over.

“I had a lot of mixed emotions,” Kaberle told QMI Agency’s Bruce Garrioch. “It was an emotional day after 13 years in Toronto and it wasn’t easy to swallow.

“But I’ve got no regrets. I did my best there. Hopefully, the fans are happy there and now I have to move on. I just have to wish (the Leafs) good luck.”

Kaberle also was relieved to be rid of all the trade rumours.

“It just seemed like the last few years at the deadline I was going to be dealt or not dealt,” he said. “It’s not easy to think about every time.”


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