When Markov's back, what happens to Kaberle?
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03-09-2012, 01:19 PM
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Kaberle is nowhere as bad defensively as some on here would have you think.
+- on a struggling team is meaningless, even Plekanec who is one of the best 2 way centers in the NHL is a minus this year. Chris Phillips was a huge minus 35 on a struggling Ottawa team last year, this year he is magically +4.
The biggest problem with Kaberle is he is playing with Campoli when he needs a partner that is primarily a stay ot home d-man.
When did WS reference +/- in talking about Kaberle? Wasn't anywhere in the post you quoted.
In fact, I don't think I've read anyone focusing on +/- as a measure of how bad Kaberle is defensively.
Looking only at the stat line is a very poor way of evaluating how well/effective a player is.
The biggest problem with Kaberle is that he is paid too much for what he brings to the table.
He's weak in every aspect of being an NHL dman without the puck. For a guy as weak physically as he is, it's surprising how often he's out of position, he has absolutely no grit/toughness to his game, plays soft in front of the net and along the boards, and avoids contact like it's contagious.
He's a decent skater, and a good passer, that's about the extent of his "qualities" as a player...
4.25M$ for that is far too much, that's his "biggest problem".
You don't pay that kind of money for a player who is best used as a bottom-pairing guy with additional PP time unless perhaps you're a contender and you can justify "splurging" b/c your cap is otherwise very well managed and you can afford to "waste" money to fill a specific hole.
For a cap spending team that is dead-last in the eastern conference, you move a player like that ASAP.
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