posted at 3/6/2011 11:16 AM EST
In Response to Re: Kaberle.
[QUOTE]Rich, I have been carefully reading the comments of longtime Toronto watchers i.e. Kaberle. A number have said what you do and that he gets knocked off the puck easily, etc. Now, on the PP, it looks like the prescribed feed to Chara for a slapper is known and anticipated by the other teams. They are setting up to defend and few of Chara's bombs are getting through. Last night, Kaberle started shooting a few times himself, so maybe that will help. A "high price", yes indeed. He cost a LOT and will hurt the Bs cap room a lot more if re-signed.
Posted by CarolinaClamMan[/QUOTE]
CarolinaClamMan - In his brief tenure as a Bruin, we've seen Kaberle display what he was obtained to do; get the puck out of his end asap and initially, at least, bring some sense of direction and effectiveness to the woeful PP. Over the last few games, it seems the old PP habits have returned to their non-moving, near stationary ways even with Kaberle directing the show.
If he's able to make the extra man an actual consistent advantage then he is a good investment. You mentioned the opposition now expecting Chara to be set up by Kaberle. Pehaps that again speaks to the resurfacing of the Bruins' almost season-long, ingrained and predictable PP. The same situation happened up here with his former D-partner McCabe.
I still have clear memories of McCabe standing between the blue line and the right face off circle with his stick poised above his head, waiting to crank one. After a while, enemy teams used to put someone near McCabe to reduce that option.
As you said, the key might be Kaberle shooting on net himself as he has a pretty good slap and wrist shot. I will add this; few D-men on the PP work at or very near the blue line like Kaberle so in that sense, this guy is an upgrade. Cheers, buddy!