I'm not sure what is going on here with him but the last 2 or 3 games he played, didn't he have half decent outings? Not a liability...got a few points here and there..why the benching for Pattern or however you spell his name. At 4 mill a season and his last couple of games where I thought he did alright, why not let him continue...if not only to help the team at least showcase him while he's playing well or did I seriously miss something in the last 3 games he played.....just curious.
I suppose pateryn provides size and grit which is our Dcores weakness plus we have one of of not the best offensive Dcore in the league right now. Kaberle is a spare part, however he did look better in his recent outings
I'm pretty sure that with his improved play, he may be trade bate for a team who needs a 2nd tier PP QB. I wouldn't be surprised if a team in need of help in that area would take him for something they have too much of, and have something too much that we need. If he was going to be bought out, wouldn't they have done the same as they did with Gomez?
He has been decent this year, 3 points, +4, playing 13min a game, and no pp time really, in 10 games, and I think he has only been on the ice for 1 goal against.
I really think that he could help another team out that needs help with their pp, I wouldn't be surprised if a team trades a mid pick for him at the trade line.
But I think there are a few reasons why he hasn't played much even with some injuries, like others have said, I think the team doesn't want him getting hurt incase they buy him out, and also, if Kaberle is in the lineup, that means Bouillon has to move to RD, something he can do, but its not ideal, some guys are comfortable playing their offside (Emelin,Gorges), some guys are not.
Keep Kaberle around for insurance, and test what you have in the system. I would not waste the opportunity to give a future Habs player a test, and a taste of the NHL to play Kaberle. While he has not said anything negative in the press, the Habs do not owe him ice time.
If they cannot move him to a desperate team at the deadline, he and his bloated contract will be a memory when the season comes to a close.