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Newly acquired Bruins forward Rich Peverley put on a Bruins sweater for the first time Sunday as he practiced with his teammates at Ristuccia Arena. After the skate, he reflected on the trade. 

 

"It was a bit of a surprise, but [Thrashers coach] Craig Ramsey told me this was a team that has a chance to win," Peverley said. "It's a big thrill to be a part of a really historic organization and come into a team that has a chance to go pretty far in the playoffs."

 

For all its pockets of effete, blueblooded-snobbery, high tech yuppiness and Ivy League elitism, Boston is still a blue-collar town to the core, especially when it comes to pro sports. For every cardigan-sweatered intellectual with a Kindle full of 'George F.



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The new-look Bruins didn't get off to the prettiest of starts, but they finished strong to earn a 4-2 victory over the Senators at Scotiabank Place on Friday night. 

 

After being outshot 13-8 in the first period, the B's woke up in the second and third. Brad Marchand had a pair of goals, while Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton and  David Krejci also multi-point games. Krejci now has 11 points over his last 10 contests. Dennis Seidenberg also scored for the B's. 

 

Prior to suiting up for his first game as a Bruin Friday night, newly acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle spoke to a pool reporter about joining the B's. Boston had been Kaberle's top choice for a trade, as he had to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate any deal. 

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke Friday at TD Garden to discuss  a busy day in which he made two trades. The Bruins moved Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Thrashers earlier in the day in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik before sending Joe Colborne, the Bruins' first-round selection in the coming draft, and a conditional pick to Toronto in exchange for Tomas Kaberle.

 

"It's a strong message to our team, to our fans that we want to win and we want to be successful," Chiarelli said Friday. 

 

The Bruins announced Friday afternoon that they have traded Joe Colborne, their own 2011 first-round pick, and a conditional pick to the Maple Leafs in exchange for four-time All-Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The conditional pick will be a 2012 second-round choice if the B's either re-sign Kaberle or make it to the Stanley Cup finals. 

 

According to a source, the Bruins have swung a deal with the Thrashers that will send forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart to Atlanta in exchange for center Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. TSN's Bob McKenzie was the first to report the deal.  

 

Peverley, 28, has another year remaining on his contract that carries a cap hit of $1.325 million. He has 14 goals and 20 assists this season for 34 points. Wheeler has 11 goals and 16 assists on the season for 27 points. He will be a restricted free agent at season's end. 

 

It’s almost anticlimactic that Tomas Kaberle is now a member of the Bruins. Fans have been customizing jerseys with the Czech blueliner’s name for years now, but they can finally don those sweaters without getting funny looks.