Friday, April 22, 2011

Tomas Kaberle has been a bust for the Bruins

I'm surprised to see that Tomas Kaberle has not worked out well so far. These deadline deals rarely do work out because it takes time to integrate your play with that of your new teammates. Training camp is an ideal time to work these things out not the playoffs. And honestly, when do you remember Kaberle having a strong playoff? His last playoffs with the Leafs he scored just 3 assists in 13 games.

Kaberle was supposed to help Boston's power play buy yhe Bruins are only 7 for 77 on the powerplay since Kaberle arrived 27 games ago. Kaberle has nine points in 27 games with the Bruins, including only one goal, and no points so far in the playoffs. He was also the goat on the first goal of the series, 2:44 into a 2-0 loss in Game 1, and has struggled at times in his own end.

He doesn't look like the all-star from a few seasons ago and looks more like a player on the decline. I had thought that a change of scenery would elevate his game but that hasn't happened. Perhaps a full training camp in the fall will make a difference but that won't help the Bruins right now. His ice time has also been reduced.

It' starting to look like the deal that sent Joe Colborne, a first-round pick and a conditional draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs was a good deal. Though that conditional pick may not happen since it looks like the Bruins may let Kaberle walk this summer. Unless they panic and sign him to justify the prospects they handed Brian Burke - who must be smiling watching these playoffs.

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