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01-14-2012, 01:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Commandant View Post
He's on a 50 pt pace since joining the habs

He scored 47 pts last year

He was on a 50 pts pace the year before that but missed time with injury

He scored 49 pts the year before that.

He was on a 50 pt pace the year before that but again missed 25 games with injury

He scored 53 pts before that.

Remarkably consistent and 33 years old... why do we assume his production will suddenly stop?
Stop watching, and start watching hockey games... he's not good enough defensively anymore to get earn enough minutes to put up that many points. That's about all I can help you with there, except to add/reiterate that "on pace" means nothing. No one gets credit for games they miss due to injury or suspension as they are realities of the game, and no one gets credit for games they haven't even played yet because anything (including prolonged slumps/illness/injury) can happen. I mean, we can't refer to Crosby as a 130 pt player, even though he was "on pace" last year, because he has never actually gotten above 120.

Thomas Kaberle was a 50 point defenseman. Now he's an offense defenseman who is a soft, defensive liability. If the talent is still there, maybe he can recapture some of his past glory, but the same thing was also said about Scott Gomez (who is in a comparable situation to Kaberle, albeit the forward version).

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