Tomas Kaberle’s poor playoff performance has drawn considerable criticism, but could he be a good fit with another team, like the Red Wings?
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons recently posted a scathing critique of Tomas Kaberle’s performance, not just during his limited tenure with the Boston Bruins, but also during his long career with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside recently suggested Kaberle’s tepid play remains one of the most puzzling stories of this post-season and makes the Bruins efforts to advance to the Stanley Cup Final that much more difficult, as well as throw his own future into doubt.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Ryan Dixon however argued Kaberle’s offensive skills might be a better fit on a puck possession team like the Detroit Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Red Wings will be looking to tweak their lineup this summer, and do have to think long-term regarding their blueline given Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski are in the final years of their respective careers. I realize there will be Wings fans who’ll reject the notion of Kaberle playing for the Wings, but they’re also forgetting their club has a history of picking up defensemen who stumbled on one team only to see them shine when they came to Detroit. Larry Murphy (two Cup championships with the Red Wings) is one example, Brad Stuart is another. Still, Kaberle despite his stumbles as a Bruin won’t be an affordable signing, and his asking price could prove too steep for the Wings.