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Best Of The Northeast

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

Well, four divisions down and just two to go. Today, I’ll take a look at the Northeast….

MONTREAL CANADIENS
Best forward: Jean Beliveau. So many choices! I’ll take the great Beliveau over Rocket Richard

more and sorry E.J., I have to go with the ‘Rocket’.

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McCabe Deal Still Pending—Update: Deal Done

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.

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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.

 

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe, mike+van+ryn

Leafs Cupboard Is Bare

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.

read on

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McCabe Heads To Florida

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

McCabe leaves for south Florida today, where he already has located a home in the same beach-side community where former Maple Leaf teammate Wade Belak lives. McCabe’s daughter, Stevie, the oldest of two young children, starts school there tomorrow.

Sounds like a man looking to make a new start, doesn’t it?

The main roadblock to the consummation of the deal will evaporate today when McCabe receives the $2 million signing bonus owed him by the Leafs. Because today is a holiday, a morning conference call between the involved parties is scheduled for tomorrow morning after which an official announcement is expected.

more on McCabe

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe

Evening Line

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….

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Leafs Continue Rebuilding Project

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…

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What Could Have Been…

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.”

continued…

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  Tags: vincent+lecavalier

Finger Knows The Pressure Is On

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….”

more

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The Summer Of Mark Bell

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.”

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A Bad Look

Bad head gear worn by Leafs throughout their history.

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