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03-01-2005, 12:54 PM
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Kaberle is a good defenseman and worth a lot, but at the same time, he will never be a true #1 defenseman. Kaberle is a great offensive defenseman with some wicked playmaking abilities and is a good #2 defenseman. But unlike other offensive-defenseman like Leetch, Gonchar and Blake, he will never be a #1 defensemen like them. He will not even likely be as good as Ozolinch, who can manage the #1 spot in his prime on a bad team. I think Kaberle will improve some more but never surpass his #2 role. I think he is comparable to Kim Johnson of the Flyers evem Johnson is slightly better.

In terms of trade value, Kaberle may be worth a guy like Jani Rita + a low 1st rounder from Edmonton or a guy like Hemsky straight up. Not sure if the Leafs want to do this (or proposing a trade altogether) since they are weak on defense.

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