Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/10/11 at 10:38 AM ET
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
So what was the issue with Kaberle in Boston? The central characters - Kaberle, GM Peter Chiarelli, coach Claude Julien - have always been wary to discuss the subject on the record.
But there were three issues that held Kaberle back. First, he had gotten too comfortable. Kaberle had been a Leaf for 12 seasons. Didn’t make the playoffs for six straight years. Suddenly, Kaberle parachuted into a Cup run. Physically and mentally, he couldn’t make the jump.
Second, he wasn’t in peak shape. There’s a reason Kaberle played his best in spare helpings.
Third, he’s a sensitive man. When the power play staggered out of the gate, Kaberle was the target of the blame. It wasn’t all his fault. But Kaberle had trouble finding the swagger a power-play quarterback requires because of the slow start.
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