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“Jacques was the ‘D’ coach (at the Olympics) so I got to spend some time with him,” McCabe said. “Jacques went out of his way to bring me here and I’m happy to be wanted. Jacques has done a great job (in Florida). He’s got good young talent. And, obviously, the acquisitions this summer have been great.
“Bringing in Cory Stillman, a guy with two Stanley Cups…guys like that are few and far between. And the acquisitions of (Keith) Ballard and (Nick) Boynton is a big upside. With myself added, and Jay Bouwmeester, who is one of the best defensemen in the league, hands down, I think we have one of the best defensive units out there. Plus you have an All-Star goalie.”
more from Bryan McCabe at FloridaPanthers.com.
from the CP,
Now the question is whether general manager Bob Gainey will try to make another move. He has roughly US$6 million in cap space to play with, and doesn’t rule out a deal, although he said he has no interest in any of the remaining unrestricted free agents on the market.
“There are possibilities out there for some players to change teams,” he said. “Some teams are over the cap, others have too many players on their roster.
“So there’s going to be some workings among those teams. We’re there with a team we feel pretty good about, but we’re always looking to improve it.”
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
With the Labor Day holiday passed and the kids off to school, the only ones left waiting are the new NHL coaches who are raring to go. As Tom Petty sang years ago, the waiting (as in the way-ay-ting) is the hardest part. That certainly is the case for Scott Gordon on Long Island, John Anderson in Atlanta and Barry Melrose in Tampa.
Gordon’s case is one in which last season’s assistants Gerard Gallant and John Chabot remain in place and, as such, according to Gordon, “should make the transition easier.”
From Brian Biggane at Inside the Panthers:
More than six hours after Canadian website TSN predicted the Bryan McCabe-Mike Van Ryn would be completed, there was still no announcement forthcoming from either the Panthers or Toronto.
Call it yet another reminder that such deals usually aren’t as clear-cut as they appear on the surface.
While the key components of the deal were already in place, Toronto General Manager Cliff Fletcher told his beat writers that the two sides had very little communication prior to Tuesday, making it likely that some of the ancillary issues still had to be worked out.
Update 5:30pm ET: From TSN—
The long rumoured deal was held up while the Panthers waited for the Leafs to pay a $2 million bonus due to McCabe on Sept. 1. With the payout, McCabe, 33, will earn $4.15 million in each of the final three seasons of the five-year, $29 million contract he signed with Toronto in 2006.
The Maple Leafs will receive defenceman Mike Van Ryn in exchange for McCabe and a fourth round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft.
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has acquired right-winger Ryan Shannon from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenceman Lawrence Nycholat.
“My game juices are going to be flowing a little too much,” said Manny. “I’m going to have to ease back on it a little bit.
“The excitement and everything is going to be there since it hasn’t been there for a while, so it’s a matter of…making sure that my (technique) is good and that I am playing my game.”
“Physically there’s no problem at all,” he said. “It’s going to be a long road to get back (to form) and to get back to (game) shape, but I think hard work and focus is the way to get in there and compete.”
-Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez.
More on the goalie camp Bob Essensa had earlier today from John Bishop of BostonBruins.com.
from the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Alexander Radulov has been suspended indefinitely without pay for the 2008-09 season….
“We are disappointed Alex will not be with the Predators at the start of this season,” said Poile. “He is a world class player who demonstrated last season, with 26 goals and 58 points, that he is an emerging NHL talent. However, since he has not responded to our recent correspondence, we must move forward with our plans for the coming season.
“At some point, we hope Alex will have a desire to return to the NHL and compete in the best league in the world, with and against the best competition. We will re-visit his status at that time.
“Until then, we are focused on the players who are representing the Predators and providing them the necessary support and guidance. We will not allow Alex’s situation to be a distraction and, as such, will have no further comment on Alex or his situation.”
Mats Sundin was on Leafs Lunch on 640AM in Toronto.
He is not at the point to make a decision on his NHL career. He had hoped during the summer he would get a clearer picture, but stated he is not there yet.
Probably will not make a decision by the time training camps open. Does not have a time line for his decision.
He has been working out but not skating on a regular basis. Again, not sure of what he will do yet and hopes people respect he is not at the point to where his career is headed.
added 12:49pm, Sundin stated he has not even looked at team options yet. Wants to decide if he is even going to play first.
Update 3:15pm ET: At AM640,
Sundin said despite offers from several clubs the decision of wether or not to play is still the biggest hurdle. Sundin also didn’t rule out a return to the NHL halfway through the season.
Audio available here.
from the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals will retire Mike Gartner’s No. 11 jersey at a pregame ceremony before the team’s game against Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 28. Gartner, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who ranks second in Capitals history in goals (397), assists (392) and points (789), will become the fourth player in Capitals history to have his number retired.
“Capitals fans have fond memories of Mike Gartner flying down the right wing and scoring goals at the Capital Centre,” said Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis. “This is a fitting tribute to one of the elite offensive players in the history of the game who was a crucial member of the first Capitals playoff teams.”
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Washington Capitals and to join the distinguished company of my fellow teammates Ivan Labre, Rod Langway and Dale Hunter,” Gartner said. “I look forward to the upcoming evening in December and sharing those fond memories with my family and those fans in attendance.”
Watch a video tribute of Mike Gartner below…
from the The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Can’t say this is a bad trade for the Leafs, and can’t say its a good one that will help significantly. It certainly shouldn’t be heralded as any great achievement, for having to move McCabe is really a sign of failure for both the team and player after he was signed to his lucrative contract and managed to play out only two of the five years in Toronto before finding it impossible to play in Toronto any longer. Mike Van Ryn is four years younger and the Leafs gain some salary cap flexibility, although with the club’s payroll now at $46 million and the cap at $56.7 million there didn’t seem to be an urgent need to chop salary.
It’s the final nail in the coffin of the comfy cartel that was the Muskoka Five, but more than anything, its another piece of intriguing evidence on the manner in which the Leafs have struggled terribly to manage assets in the post-lockout era.
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