Please try to find the middle ground. He compared him to Niinima. He was Carolina's best Dman for several years and was one of the reasons why they won the cup. That's much much better than Niinima. So please don't put words in my mouth and don't overly exagerate what I said.
Not really. He was good for us in 05-06 without question, but Aaron Ward was definitely the Canes best dman that year. Following year Kabs was injured and none of the dmen were very effective, and last year it was rather easily Tim Gleason. This year Kaberle has been good, but he's clearly #5 on the depth chart now, maybe even #6 with how high Maurice is on Babchuk.
He'd be an OK #4, but definitely not a real answer for any top 4 defensive holes. His contract is an albatross so I doubt he is claimed.