Thread: Value of: what is Kaberle's trade value?
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05-15-2009, 12:20 PM
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what is Kaberle's trade value?

there seems to be some widely different views on what Thomas Kaberle is worth. To some, he is an elite offensive dman who can be a top pairing guy on a championship team. Others, not so much.

What is clear is that

a) he signed for less than market value a couple of years ago. He has 2 years left at 4.25 mill per year.

b) he signed for less than the market in order to remain a leaf - something he obviously wants. Since the signing, he has been a constant in the rumour circles.

c) his play seems to have deteriorated in the last couple of years. This year, he only had 12 ES points in 57 games. The pro-rates to 17 over a full 82 games. This was only 50th amongst dmen. He was 5th in that category a couple of years ago, 11th last year

d) Hagman, Kubina, Finger, and Schenn all played tougher minutes than him and this is expected. Kaberle is not a shut down dman, he is a steady guy who puts up lots of points. The problem is, he isn't putting up points like he used to.

I think that all this trade talk has hurt his on ice performance. Too many changes (coaches, mngt, teamates) and has not adapted well. I hope he turns it around but... is he on the decline?

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