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06-02-2012, 12:19 AM
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If more than 10 of Kaberle's 22 points with us were at ES, and if he wasn't -6 despite "enjoying" some of the easiest minutes/opposition of any Montreal defenseman had last year, while ALSO enjoying starting in the offensive zone well over 50% of the time, I'd be more willing to be content with the offense - and forget about the defensive short-comings - of Kaberle.

He also had the lowest on-ice SV% of any defenseman except Emelin (who ended up with Kaberle as ES defense partner a LOT), which goes to show that goalies have a harder time stopping pucks when he's on the ice - "testament" to his impact/effectiveness on defense. Beyond the stats, though, we all saw what he was like, and should be hoping that he looks nothing like that on defense next season. Focusing myopically on his point totals is very Pierre Gauthier.

See, that's the major problem with Kaberle: the vast majority of a game played against a good (and thus typically disciplined) team is spent at even strength; not on a Montreal powerplay.

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