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07-15-2012, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by macavoy View Post
At this point, I hope Kaberle had an epiphany over the summer and finds himself. 2 years ago, he was a legit top 4 dman. If he can return to form, we have a top 4 that is legit.

The reality is it's a big step to assume Emelin or Diaz can jump into a top 4 role in their 2nd season.
I live just outside of Toronto and have seen ALOT of Kaberle. He has always been grossly overrated and has always been terrible in his own end.

The problem with Kaberle in the last couple of seasons is he doesn't take care of himself and he is losing his legs. He used to be an oustanding skater but he has really packed on the pounds and is now only average as far as mobility goes. He never did learn how to make the small plays along the boards as he always tried to skate it out but has now lost that ability to do so which leaves him as a nightmare in his own end.

Leaf fans are very similar to Hab fans in that the masses are mainly comprised of unknowledgeable, bandwagon jumping herds of sheep. It is these mobs that create hype or hatred towards their own players baesd on what the flapping heads in the media feed them. There are however pockets of knowledgeable Leaf fans (hard to believe but true) who couldn't stand Kaberle because he was consistently awful in the post season and in front of his own net. The sheep would point to his point totals but the intelligent fans knew to look deeper. Unfortunately the Toronto media are clueless and treated Kaberle like a star and this truism has permeated far and deep amongst NHL fans and media.

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