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My gut feeling is that Mats is going to retire and if he plays at all it might be back in Sweden. I do not have a deadline for this information.
-Joe Bowen… more on the Leafs from Joe’s blog at TorontoMapleLeafs.com….
from the CP via the Toronto Star,
There could be as many as 10 new faces in the Maple Leafs lineup on opening night. Fletcher is pleased with the changes he’s made but is keenly aware that they won’t change one fundamental rule of pro sports.
“Trying to build a team can’t be fast-tracked,” he said Tuesday.
Fletcher is currently enjoying a rare period of quiet and noted that news from around the NHL has fallen almost completely silent of late.
That includes any news from veteran Maple Leafs Mats Sundin (considering retirement) and Bryan McCabe (considering waiving his no-trade clause).
“There’s nothing new as we’re talking today,” said Fletcher.
more on the Leafs…
From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes,
It has been seven years since Lightning superstar Vinny Lecavalier almost was traded to the Maple Leafs, and when I say almost, I mean it. Former Lightning president Ron Campbell, who on Friday was named a senior adviser to the new ownership group spoke at length for the first time about what almost went down in December 2001.
Campbell has been credited with stopping the deal that would have brought Nik Antropov, Tomas Hoglund, Tomas Kaberle and either then-prospect Brad Boyes or a first-round draft choice.
“I didn’t stop the trade, per se,” Campbell said. “I stopped the conference call.”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Even as he summered on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Finger was well aware he was being ripped by some parties in Toronto, his new hockey home.
So be it. In fact, despite having not played a single game as a Maple Leaf as of yet, he understands where the naysayers are coming from.
“Of course I paid attention to what was going on,” Finger said. “Some people might say the criticism of me is unfair but I wouldn’t. I can see why some things would be said about me. I’m coming from the Western Conference. I’ve played fewer than 100 NHL games in my career….”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Surrounded by drug addicts, wife-beaters and other convicted felons, Mark Bell quietly picked up pieces of garbage out of the tall grass under the sweltering California summer sun.
It was, he admits, as far removed from the pampered lifestyle of the National Hockey League as you could get.
For 11 weeks this was Mark Bell’s life. Every morning, he would report to a California correctional facility to learn of that day’s assignment. It might be cleaning up litter. Or it could involve landscaping duties. Whatever dirty job he was assigned, he did it.
“It humbles you,” Bell said yesterday. “It gives you humility. More than anything else, that is probably the biggest change in me.”
Bad head gear worn by Leafs throughout their history.
from George Richards at On Frozen Blog,
Story is, Mike Van Ryn is for sure going to Toronto, Bryan McCabe coming back….
Florida and Toronto are still talking about other stuff, and it appears someone is going with Ryno to Toronto. But, it won’t be anything major. Perhaps Radek Dvorak, maybe a younger player who is on the roster bubble. Forget reports that Stephen Weiss or David Booth would be traded. That’s not happening. Same goes for Jay Bouwmeester.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Cliff Fletcher is hopeful the Bryan McCabe situation will be resolved “by early September,” but he brushed aside a report the Toronto Maple Leafs have a deal in place with the Florida Panthers once the defenceman agrees to a trade.
“There is nothing going on right now,” Fletcher, the Leafs interim general manager said on Thursday. “Bryan McCabe is considering what options he has.”
added 5:20pm, via Sportsnet,
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos has learned that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Florida Panthers have a deal in principle to trade defenceman Bryan McCabe.
Sources say that as part of the deal, the Leafs would get Panthers defenceman Mike Van Ryn.
A delay in the announcement is linked to the Leafs willingness to pick up a $2 million bonus McCabe is due on September 1st. After the payment is made only then will the transaction be accepted by the NHL.
added 7:05pm, from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin would not comment on various reports coming out of Toronto that Florida was close to acquiring Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe….
‘‘You know I don’t comment on rumors,’’ Martin said from his office in Sunrise. ``If I did, that’s all I would do.’‘
from Mike Zeisberger and Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Whatever the case, a source close to McCabe said last night the veteran defenceman would not change addresses for at least another couple of weeks.
“(Bryan) isn’t going anywhere until Sept. 1, at the earliest,” the source said. “That’s the date (he) gets his $2-million US signing bonus from Toronto.
According to the source, the Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and New York Rangers are among the teams McCabe would consider, although the Rangers might be out “because they’ve already signed everybody.”
Ian Pulver, McCabe’s agent, said nothing is confirmed as of yet.
“We continue to work with the Leafs to resolve this situation,” Pulver said in an e-mail last night.
from Crash the Crease,
During his career Wendel played taller and heavier then he actually was and that took a toll on his body, he did everything in his power to protect his teammates and anything for his team to win, if he had to score a hat-trick he would, if he had to fight Bob Probert he would, if he had to take on a much bigger Marty McSorley who just dropped Doug Gilmour with an elbow he would and he would do it very well.
There has not been many players in the history of the NHL who could do this on a night to night basis and there has been even fewer who could do it that actually would do it
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