Kaberle's skill set not the only issue

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    Kaberle's skill set not the only issue

    There is no way that Chia Pet and company did not know exactly what they were getting in Kaberle.  He has come exactly as advertised:

    Average skater, doesn't shoot enough, not physical, plays soft defensively far too often, can make the stretch pass, opens up lanes and creates space on the power play.

    I would agrue that Kaberle has been all of things above.  The problem with Kaberle starts with a problem all players would face going to a defense first team from a team that doesn't play defense at all.  He has to think defense first. Thus his defensieve deficiencies are even more visable and too frequent on 5-5.

    With the power play it's the coaching staff and the other players out there with Kaberle that are as much of the problem as he is.  Kaberle does make great passes on the PP.  He does move around and create space on the power play. 

    The problem is no one else is moving out there and because teams know Kaberle won't shoot the puck and or they don't fear his shot if he does, they are laying of him, collapsing down into the slot to block shots and prevent rebounds and just waiting for the inevitable pass back to the other D-Man for a shot 25-30 feet out.

    On a terrible Leafs team for five years running only one other guy in the entire league scored more PP points than Kaberle and it was Nicolas Lidstrom.  I won't bother going over the rosters of the Leafs and Wings the last five years. 

    What does this all mean?  Withouth a doubt Kaberle could be playing better in his own end, on the PP and while playing 5-5. 

    Concerning the PP specifically Kaberle's only biggest mistake has been his lack of just adjusting to the rest of the Bruins on the PP sitting there looking at him while he has the puck.  He should just give in and shoot more but that's not what he brings to the table as he even knows he has a weak shot that isn't very accurate.

    Most of the blame for lack of PP production by Kaberle should fall on the coaching staff for not make adjustments so that Kaberle's skill set could be better utilized, the other players on the PP for not doing anything but standing still and sitting on the perimeter and maybe even Chia Pet for perhaps brining in a player that they couldn't get to fit into their system because of all of the above.

    Either way dumping on Kaberle and putting all the blame on him for his lack of success is ignorant.  He's not as bad as he shown and he's capable of doing far more but in order to have the later the other parts (coach and players) need to start doing their parts as well.

    Tom Brady can have 20 seconds in the pocket to throw the ball.  if all the Wide Receivers do is keep running out of bounds or running the wrong routes and all Bellichick does is keep leeting it happen you can't keep blaming Brady for throwing the ball away, taking sacks or turning the ball over trying to make something happen.


     
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    [QUOTE]There is no way that Chia Pet and company did not know exactly what they were getting in Kaberle.  He has come exactly as advertised: Average skater, doesn't shoot enough, not physical, plays soft defensively far too often, can make the stretch pass, opens up lanes and creates space on the power play. I would agrue that Kaberle has been all of things above.  The problem with Kaberle starts with a problem all players would face going to a defense first team from a team that doesn't play defense at all.  He has to think defense first. Thus his defensieve deficiencies are even more visable and too frequent on 5-5. With the power play it's the coaching staff and the other players out there with Kaberle that are as much of the problem as he is.  Kaberle does make great passes on the PP.  He does move around and create space on the power play.  The problem is no one else is moving out there and because teams know Kaberle won't shoot the puck and or they don't fear his shot if he does, they are laying of him, collapsing down into the slot to block shots and prevent rebounds and just waiting for the inevitable pass back to the other D-Man for a shot 25-30 feet out. On a terrible Leafs team for five years running only one other guy in the entire league scored more PP points than Kaberle and it was Nicolas Lidstrom.  I won't bother going over the rosters of the Leafs and Wings the last five years.  What does this all mean?  Withouth a doubt Kaberle could be playing better in his own end, on the PP and while playing 5-5.  Concerning the PP specifically Kaberle's only biggest mistake has been his lack of just adjusting to the rest of the Bruins on the PP sitting there looking at him while he has the puck.  He should just give in and shoot more but that's not what he brings to the table as he even knows he has a weak shot that isn't very accurate. Most of the blame for lack of PP production by Kaberle should fall on the coaching staff for not make adjustments so that Kaberle's skill set could be better utilized, the other players on the PP for not doing anything but standing still and sitting on the perimeter and maybe even Chia Pet for perhaps brining in a player that they couldn't get to fit into their system because of all of the above. Either way dumping on Kaberle and putting all the blame on him for his lack of success is ignorant.  He's not as bad as he shown and he's capable of doing far more but in order to have the later the other parts (coach and players) need to start doing their parts as well. Tom Brady can have 20 seconds in the pocket to throw the ball.  if all the Wide Receivers do is keep running out of bounds or running the wrong routes and all Bellichick does is keep leeting it happen you can't keep blaming Brady for throwing the ball away, taking sacks or turning the ball over trying to make something happen.
    Posted by bobforte2002[/QUOTE]
    Very logical points Bob, but likely to fall on deaf ears I'm afraid.
     
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    [QUOTE]I would rather have Wideman.  No joke. Put Wideman with Chara again (to cover for his defensive flaws) and be happy you have a quality offensive defenseman who can help on the PP from the point. He's also far cheaper than what Kaberle will be. The issue will be an elephant in the room because he has to sign him to justify the trade. From there, it's a hope you can deal him, but you can't let teams know that's what you are looking to do.  You have to spin it like "he doesn't fit in our system" type of a thing.
    Posted by RidingWithTheKing[/QUOTE]
    You figure Kaberle will sign for far more than the 3.93 that Wideman makes? I suspect Kaberle will make less than Wideman next year.
     
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    Re: Kaberle's skill set not the only issue

    Nah, he's gone after the season. Kampfer's a better all around player and is close on the puck carrying and passing. Unfortunately he's also close in terms of defensive issues, but Kaberle still has him beat. 

    In the meantime, I say put Kabs at forward on the PP instead of D. Seriously. Then everytime he bishes out down low show it up on the jumbotron with a blinking "WT... F?" overlaid.

    Maybe that'll help motivate him. Doubt it though. Dude's just super soft.

     

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