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06-28-2011, 08:07 PM
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A couple thoughts:

1) I think Julien is a big factor in all this. It was obvious that he simply did not trust Kaberle's defensive ability and sheltered his minutes as a result. If you're Chiarelli, why would you spend big bucks on a guy your coach has little faith in?

2) This team seemed to do pretty well for most of the season before Kaberle arrived. While not ideal, I don't think it would be the end of the world if we didn't sign any UFA d-men and went with Kampfer as our PMD. He showed glimpses of being capable. If that fails miserably, then there's always the trade route.

3) With that said, my guess would be Chiarelli avoids dishing out a huge contract to the top tier of UFA defensemen and tries to find a bargain in someone like Stralman or Lepisto.

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