Revisiting the Kaberle-Spacek deal
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04-13-2012, 03:57 PM
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Best post that got pretty much glossed right over by the masses who can't get past their own nonsense.
I remember when we first got him people were complaining that Kaberle wasn't fighting or throwing checks!
Glossed over? Hardly. His bad far, far outweighed his good on the team we had. If you couldn't see what a liability he was defensively, that's nonsense as much as anything else. And no, he did nothing to help us win. We got worse.
My biggest concern with him is the attitude. I think physical conditioning and the willingness to take hits is part of a necessary attitude for winning, in terms of a guy like Kaberle. No-one will ever mistake him for even being competent defensively, and yes, a lot of it was down to RC's amazing decision to pair him with Campoli. And no, you wouldn't want him fighting (did you make that up?) or throwing checks, seeing as his defensive timing is amateurish at best. But you do expect him to play with fire, look like he cares, lead by example, of which there were no signs. This also hurts when you are on a team as bad as we were.
As I've mentioned elsewhere he was absolutely the wrong fit for the team at the time. Who knows, maybe they find a different way to use him and get him to be more effective; and in turn he gets into & stays in shape, plays with confidence and teaches a couple of things to our d corps about passing, vision, etc.
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