Shoot the puck already Kaberle

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

The intention here was to take a shot at Tomas Kaberle ... but Pavel Kubina blocked it.

Kaberle ought to be one of the Maple Leafs' prime offensive weapons, but he drives us mad with his distaste for shooting the puck.

The Leafs defenceman had but one shot on goal Saturday night as Toronto defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-3.

Kaberle's teammates combined for 40 other shots.

"Ahh, Tomas, would you mind taking the occasional slapper in the direction of the net when you're on the point on the power play?" one might ask.

"No thanks," Kaberle invariably would answer. "I'll pass."

A few other numbers:

1) The Leafs are averaging 35.2 shots through 15 games, third best in the NHL.

2) Kaberle has 23 shots, tied for 11th among the Leafs.

3) The Leafs have allowed an average of 27.5 shots a game, fourth best in the league.

4) The Leafs are second in the NHL in blocked shots with 241, led by Kubina's 32.

5) Kaberle has blocked 25 shots, two more than he has taken.

During a play in a game the other night, radio announcer Dennis Beyak said that Kaberle was being tied up, and thus couldn't get a shot away.

Methinks Kaberle was thankful to be tied up. After all, he's an "ask questions first and shoot later" kind of guy.

Apparently, he is lobbying to have two skaters go in together on a shootout.

MONEY AND MANSIERES

The PGA Tour, which wrapped its season Sunday, has set a record with 104 players reaching the $1-million mark.

Twenty years ago, Curtis Strange was the first tour player to reach $1 million in earnings.

While golf has made strides, it trails the major team sports in average earnings.

Following are some average salaries:

NBA (2007-08): $5.2 million

MLB (2007): $2.82 million

NHL: $2.2 million

NFL (2007): $1.75 million

PGA Tour: $1.03 million

Of course, there always is debate as to whether pro golfers are pampered more than other athletes and whether golfers need to be in shape to play the game.

It may be the only male pro sport that can be played with a supportive undergarment (wipe that smirk from your face, J.D., and that beer spillage from your belly).

Speaking of Colin Montgomerie, artist Jack Vettriano refused a commission from the National Galleries of Scotland to do a painting of Monty.

"I don't do men with breasts," Vettriano said.

Montgomerie replied that he didn't give a Hooter.


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