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05-07-2012, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Go Habs Go View Post
I don't think its so much that kabs is bad and more that we aren't using him right. Partially because we are already soft on defense so it shows it even more.
I don't know about that... Kaberle was 6th in ES TOI for the year (13:49), while leading the group in PP TOI (3:47).

I don't know that you can "better" deploy a 4.25M$ dman. I suppose you could cut his ES time even more, but considering the alternatives the team had this year you can't totally blame RC for hoping to get more out of the veteran.

Bergevin could go out and try to find a stud defensive dman to pair with Kaberle & hope that giving him a defensive zone "babysitter" allows the new coach to use him more, but much better to simply remove him from the group and spend that money elsewhere.

Kaberle would be "hidden" better on a team with a rugged defense group, but even then (as with the B's last year), he'd still end up in a similar situation... used minimally at ES, not at all in PK, and a ton on the PP.

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