Going into this season it was presumed that Kaberle would be one of the most sought after free agents this off season. Well, almost two full days into free agency and he remains unsigned. It's not as if NHL teams have been stingy so far. Just look at the contract James Wisniewski got, 6 years, 33 million dollars. Shocking, just shocking. Christian Ehrhoff is a 10 year, 40 million dollar man. Ed Jovanoski, 4 years for 16.5 million dollars. I know Florida had to spend money to get to the cap floor, but do they realize that he is 35 years old? Still, Tomas Kaberle remains unsigned. Now, this could mean that teams watched how he played with the Bruins, and determine that his best hockey is behind him. I think it would be fair to say he was pretty average during the regular season with the Bruins. Then early in the playoffs, he was pretty horrible. However, he did get better. In fact, I would say he played pretty well in the Stanley Cup Finals.
You have to think he is going to sign soon, but the longer it plays out, the more it looks like maybe he will come back to Boston. After all those years playing for crappy Maple Leaf teams, maybe he doesn't want to take extra money to play for a bad team. Maybe he wants to come back to Boston, and perhaps the if he is willing to give up term, the Bruins could make it up a bit in value (money saved from Recchi and Ryder).
So, I guess we are just going to have to keep waiting to see what happens... I think the odds are better he comes back now, then they were 48 hours ago.