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Good-Bye Kaberle

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

On Toronto ice, he will be missed, at least for his lovely first passes out of the zone, the dynamic puck movement and his anchoring on the power play point, a role now almost exclusively devolved to the over-rated Dion Phaneuf.

Kaberle may have had an earful of “SHOOT THE DAMN PUCK!” from Leaf fans over the years for his too-patient maneuvering in the offensive zone, but there was no doubt he could see the play with instincts few possess. In his own end, of course, he was often a maddening liability, rarely using his size combatively.

“He’s been here a long time,’’ said Burke. “During that time, he was a low-maintenance player, a quality player on the ice, a community-minded player. He was one of the best defencemen to play here in this era, if not the best.

“And a gentleman the whole time.”

Alas, this is no league for extraordinary gentlemen.

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SnLO's avatar

Alas, this is no league for extraordinary gentlemen.

Tell that to Datsyuk, Lidstrom and Yzerman.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 02/19/11 at 12:17 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

  Alas, this is no league for extraordinary gentlemen.

Tell that to Datsyuk, Lidstrom and Yzerman.

Posted by SnLO from North of RoboCop’s crime-ridden wasteland on 02/19/11 at 10:17 AM ET

Some teams are more hospitable to the type than others. It’s too bad that some don’t fit with teams where they want to stay.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 02/19/11 at 12:24 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

Some teams are more hospitable to the type than others. It’s too bad that some don’t fit with teams where they want to stay.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 02/19/11 at 10:24 AM ET

Agreed. So a more appropriate statement would read:

Alas, the Leafs are no team for extraordinary gentlemen.

Fixed.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 02/19/11 at 12:31 PM ET

Primis's avatar

+1’s all around for everyone, for these comments.

Posted by Primis on 02/19/11 at 12:44 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Alas, this is no league for extraordinary gentlemen

Delvecchio, Yzerman and others mentioned might point out that Toronto is in a league all their own.  Larry Murphy was also run out of town by the Leafs about this time of year and went on to win the SC with the Wings that same year…  seems like he has been treated pretty well here in Detroit also.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 02/19/11 at 02:34 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

It finally happened.  The leafs fans and management finally got rid of their last talented player.  Way to go, folks.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 02/20/11 at 04:05 AM ET

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