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04-16-2012, 10:59 AM
Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by swimmer77 View Post
For all of his faults MAB was a great fit that year. He was inexpensive and quite frankly had more gumption in the defensive zone than Kaberle. You could count on an honest effort.

Maybe that PP shooter wasn't available but the Kaberle trade was described perfectly by you and the post you quoted.

Sure the Habs can always trade him but for a new GM coming in it would be nice if that salary and player was not on the roster right now. Just seems it would give more flexibility to repair this roster.
My biggest issue with MAB is just that of utilization. He did his PP thing very well. I would have been happier had he been constrained to much more of a specialist role there than he ultimately was. My vague recollection is of ranting about some of the icetime he was getting later in the season and playoffs, situations where he shouldn't have been used that much by the coaching staff. You have to hope you don't *need* a MAB on your team at all... that you have more complete players who are also going to do fine on your PP. But in the event that there is a PP shortfall, I don't think there's any harm in a MAB fallback, if he's otherwise properly deployed.

Kaberle... I honestly don't see him helping the PP much. I know there are percentages before and after that show a swing. But honestly, I don't think we were going to be 11% all year no matter what. Some turnaround was bound to happen. I can't really find it in myself to give Kaberle any credit for that, just from observing the games, never mind the stats.

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