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Kaberle the talk of the Bruins -- and that's not good

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08:28 AM ET 05.16 | In a way, Boston brass got its wish. When the Bruins acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle at the trade deadline, they thought he could end up being the talk of Boston during the playoffs. He has achieved that, but not for the reasons the Bruins had anticipated. The Bruins' power play has been clicking at a lowly 4.9 percent success rate during the playoffs, and people in Boston are questioning Kaberle's effectiveness as a power-play quarterback and puck-moving defenseman. He has no goals and three assists in the postseason and had one goal and eight assists in the final 24 games of the regular season after the Bruins sent prospect Joe Colborne, a first-round pick and a conditional second-rounder to the Toronto Maple Leafs to get him.

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May 16, 2011  08:46 AM ET

Why did the Bruins need this guy? He's brought with him his bad habits from To***to. You have every reason to worry, Bruins fans.

May 16, 2011  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why did the Bruins need this guy? He's brought with him his bad habits from To***to. You have every reason to worry, Bruins fans.

Ed Zachaery.

<Burkie must be laughing his **** off.>

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May 16, 2011  09:30 AM ET

If I was in Burke's shoes, I'd do the deal all over again. Same for the Kessel trade. First round picks can be a crap shoot when they move up into the big leagues. Players are stronger, game moves faster and for some it is a 2 - 3 years before they contribute on a consistent basis. Leaf's needed to improve immediately, not 3 years down the road.

May 16, 2011  09:33 AM ET

He has 4 assists after setting up Purcell by the side of the net.

May 16, 2011  09:46 AM ET
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You guys are correct that Kaberle sucks, but Burkie doesn't have much reason to laugh. First of all Coburn is awful. He is a very large young man who plays like he's 5'6". Soft would be the best word to describe his play. Secondly that late first round pick Toronto received will probably get traded away for a washed up veteran or a small, wimpish one trick pony (think Kessel) who will then be handed a contract that will pay him about 4 times his real value.Boston had nothing to lose when it cam to making this trade. Having two first round picks sounds great until you factor in that they both have to be paid, which isn't easy when you are dealing with the cap. They obviously hoped Kaberle would bring some skill with him from Toronto and play with a renewed intensity. That didn't happen, but it was worth a try considering what was available.

LMAO - Nice try Rex...I've seen less spin on some dreidels.

The stumpee and the stumper got reversed this time. :-)

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May 16, 2011  10:05 AM ET

great assist from seidenberg...

May 16, 2011  10:22 AM ET
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If and only IF Coburn and the pick pan out, does Burkie regain any measure of his manhood back. I don't think that will happen.What's a dreidel?

You probably don't have a lot of fun at Hanukkah.

May 16, 2011  10:32 AM ET
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If and only IF Coburn and the pick pan out, does Burkie regain any measure of his manhood back.

I don't think that will happen.

What's a dreidel?

It really doesn't matter what happens with players and picks, etc. The fact that Burkie got three things for Kaberle is a burn. It could have been the used tape, half eroded urinal cakes, and the condom Pete cares in his wallet. Still too much for Kaberle.

May 16, 2011  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

What's a dreidel?

That's a dreidel.

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May 16, 2011  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You guys are correct that Kaberle sucks, but Burkie doesn't have much reason to laugh. First of all Coburn is awful. He is a very large young man who plays like he's 5'6". Soft would be the best word to describe his play. Secondly that late first round pick Toronto received will probably get traded away for a washed up veteran or a small, wimpish one trick pony (think Kessel) who will then be handed a contract that will pay him about 4 times his real value.Boston had nothing to lose when it cam to making this trade. Having two first round picks sounds great until you factor in that they both have to be paid, which isn't easy when you are dealing with the cap. They obviously hoped Kaberle would bring some skill with him from Toronto and play with a renewed intensity. That didn't happen, but it was worth a try considering what was available.

Most people would agree the Leafs win this trade and for Canuck to give Burke even the slightest compliment means it was a slam dunk no contest win for the Leafs. The key to success is building threw the draft and a team can never have enough picks especially first rounders. Boston wasn't alone Philly and LA made the same mistake giving up first round picks for not much.

May 16, 2011  11:05 AM ET

you can't win every transaction....sometimes that's just the way it is

May 16, 2011  11:14 AM ET

gthe rbuins took a gamble in order to win now...it didnt work out. they still have a good team, so who knows. When the season's over there is no more obligation....so its really not that bad.

May 16, 2011  11:37 AM ET
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Most people would agree the Leafs win this trade and for Canuck to give Burke even the slightest compliment means it was a slam dunk no contest win for the Leafs. The key to success is building threw the draft and a team can never have enough picks especially first rounders. Boston wasn't alone Philly and LA made the same mistake giving up first round picks for not much.

He also doesn't sweat much for a drunk fat guy.

May 16, 2011  11:41 AM ET
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That's a dreidel.

LOL And what's that?

May 16, 2011  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

It really doesn't matter what happens with players and picks, etc. The fact that Burkie got three things for Kaberle is a burn. It could have been the used tape, half eroded urinal cakes, and the condom Pete cares in his wallet. Still too much for Kaberle.

Agree, I still don't know what happened to Kaberle. I know he was over-hyped in TO, but he has been terrible on Boston. I always wanted the Devils to get him, maybe now they can for cheap, lol.

May 16, 2011  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

LOL And what's that?

Some kind of top.

 
May 16, 2011  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Some kind of top.

It looks like the bottom of a top...

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