Tomas Kaberle: The Most Underrated Habs Player on the Boards
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09-01-2012, 12:28 PM
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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.
Bergevin would give away Kaberle for free if he could but there aren't any takers. Gauthier made an idiotic, desperate trade as Spacek was coming off the books and that money could have been used to help sign a top six forward or a big, physical d-man.
Kaberle may very well be the worst defender in the NHL when in front of his own net. He refuses to play the body and coughs up the puck to avoid getting hit. This isn't anything new for him but it as the point where it has become ridiculous.
Kaberle is and always has been overrated by fans who look at stats but don't understand the game. Getting a pp assist every other game doesn't make up for the amount of scoring chances that he creates and allows on his own net. There was a time when he could effectively skate the puck out of the d-zone. His complete lack of dedication to personal conditioning has resulted in a significant decrease in mobility and has transformed him into an unacceptable defensive liability. He simply doesn't seem to have any passion to play the game at a high level and is quite content with his career numbers and achievements.
Hopefully he can get back into shape and rebuild his value but I am not going to hold my breath.
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