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08:38 AM ET 04.26 | On the one hand, there is the emerging star that is P.K. Subban. On the other side of the ledger, how terribly disappointing is Tomas Kaberle? Not only has he been unable to help the dreadful B's power play (0-for-15), but he's just frightening with his defensive-zone coverages, battling and decision-making. He saw the ice less and less as Saturday's game got more and more nerve-wracking, with 15:25 (21 shifts) in regulation, and just 5:45 in the 29:03 of OT. Yes, the plus side of Kaberle is the occasional good pass he'll make. But does the value of those passes offset the risk he poses defensively? If the Bruins live to fight another round, likely against a much more physical and aggressive team than Montreal, can Julien really trust Kaberle in the defensive zone?

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April 26, 2011  08:57 AM ET

No need to ask why, when you buy something that To***to doesn't want.

April 26, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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thank you for your input

April 26, 2011  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No need to ask why, when you buy something that To***to doesn't want.

I honestly thought this was a great pickup when the move was made. The B's went on a road-winning tear ... seemed to very one-sided for the Bruins.

But Kaberle must have been out of the playoffs for too long, b/c his boneheaded mistakes (see game 1 and 2), and lacking D play have been very tough to watch

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April 26, 2011  09:34 AM ET

I could have told you that this trade was won by Toronto.

First, you bring him in for the powerplay, but Toronto had one of the worst powerplays in all of hockey, not like he was lighting it up in Toronto. On the powerplay all he does is hold onto the puck forever, and refuse to shot the puck. You can play 4-on-4 on the penalty kill leaving Kaberle all alone, and he still wont shot, even though he has a very good shot. And Kaberle is very predictable on the powerplay.

Then he is useless in his own end. He makes a good first pass out of the zone, but if you pressure him he will panic. He doesn't ever clear the guy in front of the net, or even bother putting a stick on him so he can't score. He shies away from being hit and wont even take a hit to make a play, and wont ever throw a hit.

There is a reason the Leafs played so much better after this deal.

April 26, 2011  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I honestly thought this was a great pickup when the move was made. The B's went on a road-winning tear ... seemed to very one-sided for the Bruins. But Kaberle must have been out of the playoffs for too long, b/c his boneheaded mistakes (see game 1 and 2), and lacking D play have been very tough to watch

During that great tear, Kaberle didn't help the PP, and it took him a while to even get a point. I don't think he was the reason.

April 26, 2011  09:45 AM ET

I may have to take back some of the bad things I said about Burke.

April 26, 2011  09:50 AM ET

I don't think I would have given up on Blake Wheeler as quickly as they did either...

April 26, 2011  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I may have to take back some of the bad things I said about Burke.

Naaah. If you investigate you probably haven't said enough bad things about him.

April 26, 2011  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I may have to take back some of the bad things I said about Burke.

Kaberele looks like a frightened rookie playing in the NHL for the first time. His play is so lethargic and deliberate. It looks as though Burke got his payback from Chiarelli for the Kessel deal.

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April 26, 2011  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Naaah. If you investigate you probably haven't said enough bad things about him.

Agreed Slappy. It's not possible to say enough bad things about him.

But he does have that warm, friendly smile. (Anybody ever seen it?... Anybody?... You over there behind the post?... No?... Anybody?.... Sigh.)

April 26, 2011  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I'm hoping Chiarelli will take Burke out for some drinks, get him wasted and trade Kaberle back to Toronto for that late first rounder this year and Toronto's first rounder in 2013.Could happen ;)

What do you mean "get?"

April 26, 2011  10:11 AM ET

boy do i dislkike that dirty **** PK Slewfoot.

April 26, 2011  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Naaah. If you investigate you probably haven't said enough bad things about him.

I think every trade Burke has done with Toronto he has won.

Here is what he has done.

Brad May for a conditional pick that wasn't sent back to Anaheim - Toronto Won
Nik Antropov for a 2nd - Toronto Won
Dominic Moore for a 2nd - Toronto Won
Petiot for Kolizig and a 4th (basically Kolizig & a 4th for nothing) - Toronto Won
Kubina for Exelby - basically a salary dump, I call it a wash
Kessel Deal - too early to tell
Hayes for a 2nd - Toronto Won
Tlusty for Paradis - Toronto Won
Mayers, Stajan, Hagman, & White for Dion, Aulie, Sjostrom - Toronto Won
Blake & Vesa for Giggy - Toronto Won
5th rounder for Mike Brown - Toronto Won
Joey Macdonald for a 7th - wash
Stempniak for Jones, a 4th, and 7th - Toronto slight edge
Poni for Caputi - Toronto Won
Didomenico, Stalberg, Paradis for Versteeg & Sweatt - Toronto Won
Stefanovich for Brunnstrom - Wash
Beauchemin for Lupul and Gardiner - Toronto Won
Kris Versteeg for a 1st - Toronto Won
Tomas Kaberle for a 1st and Colborne

Take away the Kessel trade, and what other trade has Burke loss? He has made nothing but good trades if you take away the Kessel trade, and I think the Kessel trade is way too early to call.

April 26, 2011  10:14 AM ET

Burke's only bad signing is the Komiserak signing, but he has been able to resign Grabovksi and Kulemin cheaply and found Clarke MacArthur.

April 26, 2011  10:15 AM ET
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I don't think I would have given up on Blake Wheeler as quickly as they did either...

Meh, on that front, they have Horton and an emerging Marchand (and his nose) that made Wheeler and his soft play expendable.

I'm somewhat surprised at Kaberle. I knew he was soft and weak defensively, but I really thought he would play with a passion we hadn't seen in him in years once he got out of Toronto and onto a Cup contending team. I was wrong. I guess 4 years of trade talk and homecrowds wanting to chase you out of town really DOES cut your heart out.

But, this story is almost a week old now. Chiarelli made his comments on Thursday or Friday last week.

Nice part for Bs fans is Chiarelli is smart enough to cut his losses at the end of these playoffs rather than re-sign him out of pride or ego. Kaberle is playing himself out of $3-4 million a year right now.

April 26, 2011  10:15 AM ET

Kaberle is the Czech translation for coma.

 
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