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09-01-2012, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Kirk Muller View Post
Thats the point tho still. His only redeeming quality is his supposed PP prowess yet did nothing to improve it. Every team can at least come up with a good five man PP unit. Its about execution. It was bad prior to Kaberle and bad after. In terms of the point of the trade, it was a colossal failure.
If I'm not mistaken the PP pre-Kaberle was around 12-13% and post-Kaberle it was around 17.5%. It's not world-beater, but it's an improvement.

If Markov can return to a decent level, having Kaberle on the 2nd pair will give us something we've never had. We've never had a defenseman of Kaberle's caliber to play the 2nd unit, argument could be made of course if your first unit is that good your second unit won't see as much time.. Agreed. But you also factor in hot/cold streaks and injuries, having Kaberle as insurance is actually a pretty good "policy" to have.

It doesn't hurt us this year. We aren't winning the cup anyways. If anything Kaberle is a perfect stop gap until we are ready to see one or more of Beaulieu/Tinordi/Ellis/etc.

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