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The Latest On McCabe

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Now that the Florida Panthers shipped veteran winger Cory Stillman to the Carolina Hurricanes, will Bryan McCabe be next?

The veteran defenseman, one of the bigger rental names left on the market, has a no-movement clause and was still pondering his future Thursday.

“There’s lots of things for him to consider, including staying in Florida and completing the season there and then deciding what their next steps are [in the summer],” McCabe’s agent, Ian Pulver, told ESPN.com on Thursday. “Or he can waive [the clause] to a team where he feels comfortable to finish the season off and possibly laying down roots in the future. So right now that’s what he’s considering.”

McCabe is earning $4.15 million this season, but the cap hit this year is $5.75 million. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The New York Rangers are still believed to be the front-runners if the price is right and McCabe wants to waive.

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McCabe Out With Facial Fractures

from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,

Though Panthers captain Bryan McCabe played through multiple facial fractures suffered early in Saturday night’s win against New Jersey, he’ll miss the next several weeks after undergoing Sunday surgery, Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said Sunday morning.

DeBoer also said Keaton Ellerby would be called up from Rochester and take McCabe’s place in the lineup.

“He’s got a broken finger, too,” Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen said of McCabe. ‘‘He’s our captain, our general in a sense. It speaks volumes of not only his pain tolerance, but his competitive desire to be out there and play with us.”

X-rays done between the first and second period suggested there probably was a break, DeBoer said. McCabe returned to the game during the first period with a large plastic lower face guard.

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Video- Was The Puck In The Net?

I didn’t see the game, but some of the internet talk was a Bryan McCabe shot went in the net but no review.

Will try to get a better video and yes, the Panthers lost by 1 goal.

added 10:33pm, via On Frozen Pond Facebook,

Bryan McCabe on refs blowing tying goal w/ no review: “I don’t know if they could have dropped the puck any quicker. .-.-. They dropped the puck in about four seconds. What can you do? His pad was in the net, the puck was in the net.’‘

added 10:51pm, from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

“It looks like a goal to me and I’m baffled why the referees can make certain to make sure everyone goes to the box but why no one took a second look at it,’’ DeBoer said. “They look at everything else. I got no explanation why. They said if it was close, Toronto would have buzzed them. They never got that.’‘

added 11:03pm, Just added a 2nd video below.  It shows the shot and then Pavelec scrambling.  If you piece both videos together, you may get a better picture of what happened.

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Facing a Decade Without the Playoffs, Florida’s Rebuild Goes On and On

Futility in Sunrise has persisted for far too long, with the Florida Panthers on the brink of a dubious record after nine consecutive non-playoff seasons. Incoming general manager Dale Tallon has moved quickly in putting his stamp on the team with several transactions since taking over, but nothing to this point appears bold enough to turn his club from last season’s Southeast Division cellar dwellers into a postseason participant.

Sadly, more patience may be in order for long-suffering Panthers fans.

Even so, all is not lost for the NHL’s southernmost franchise, with several key pieces already in place for the future (and others right around the corner) and it isn’t as though the current roster is without talent as is. Still, a couple of major stumbling points remain for the Panthers. The 24 games they will play versus fellow Southeast clubs, three of whom look to be vastly improved and the fourth being the stalwart Washington Capitals, certainly won’t help and the expiring contracts for defenseman Bryan McCabe and goaltender Tomas Vokoun will have to be dealt with (and quite possibly dealt altogether), without either situation becoming a distraction.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Offense from the Defense

In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.

(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)

Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!

It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.

Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).

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McCabe Suffers Back Injury

from TSN,

What appeared to be an awkward fall could turn out to be a serious injury for Florida Panthers’ defenceman Bryan McCabe.

Early indications suggest McCabe may have broken his back after colliding with Boston Bruins’ defenceman Dennis Seidenberg into the boards. McCabe will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of the injury.

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added 2:38pm, from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

TSN is reporting that Bryan McCabe’s back injury is very serious, with X-rays showing he has at least one broken vertebrea.

According to the Panthers, that’s just not true and is “absolute speculation” on their part.

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added 5:26pm, TSN has now updated the same link as above with this…

The Florida Panthers breathed a huge sigh of relief Saturday as an MRI revealed that defenceman Bryan McCabe did not suffer a fractured vertebrae in his back as was originally feared.

Although the veteran defenceman was in significant pain following the injury, it is believed that his condition has been upgraded significantly to day-to-day.

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McCabe Did Not Want To Leave Toronto

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I signed to play there. I wanted to win there. But circumstances change.

“We didn’t make the playoffs for three years, they bought Darcy out, they bought Razor [Raycroft] out. Who knew if Mats was going to come back or not? When we looked at it, we thought it was time for a fresh start.”

McCabe told Fletcher the Panthers were his top choice. He said the acquisition of defencemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes, plus the presence of Jay Bouwmeester, meant he would be joining an up-and-coming defence corps.

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One Parting Shot

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

If you want to know why the Maple Leafs gave up on and gave away Bryan McCabe, here it is in a nutshell:

McCabe got to pick where he wanted to play and he chose the Florida Panthers. Translation: He doesn’t give a hoot whether he wins or loses and the Leafs were well aware of that. Who would want an apparent leader who is happy playing for a team in a messed-up market that never contends?

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Evening Line

“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.

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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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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.

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McCabe Considering Options

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.”

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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.’‘

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McCabe Waiting For Bonus

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.

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Tampa Not Interested In McCabe

from Erik Erlendsson at Bolts Report,

And finally, all that talk of Tampa Bay possible being interested in trading for Bryan McCabe, it’s not happening. While the Lightning continue to seek out a trade or two to find a veteran defenseman in some capacity who can not only act as a mentor, but also provide some quality minutes in a stay-at-home type of role. McCabe doesn’t fit that bill at all, and a well placed source informed me that McCabe is not on the team’s short list of targets.

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Leafs Await McCabe’s List

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one step closer to getting rid of Bryan McCabe.

According to general manager Cliff Fletcher, the high-paid defenceman has “softened his stance” in regards to waiving his no-trade clause. With six weeks remaining until training camp opens, the Leafs are now waiting for McCabe to provide a list of teams he would be willing to play for next season.

“That’s controlled by Bryan,” Fletcher said. “I’m not going to start talking to teams until he tells me what teams he is willing to go to.”

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Strong-Arming McCabe

From Darren Dreger at TSN:

Sources tell TSN the Maple Leafs approached [Bryan] McCabe’s agent, Ian Pulver before the NHL Entry Draft hoping to encourage the veteran defenceman to waive his no-movement clause to open the door for a trade.

However, this time, whether intended or not, Toronto turned up the heat and according to sources, hinted McCabe may be asked to stay home, rather than join his teammates for training camp if he wasn’t willing to change his mind.

Those close to McCabe say he will not be strong-armed and if attempts are made to force him out, a grievance will be filed with the NHL Players’ Association.

Maple Leafs assistant general manager Jeff Jackson contends there have been no threats. “Neither Cliff nor I have threatened anything,” Jackson told TSN.  “We’ve had discussions with Ian Pulver about Bryan’s future in Toronto.”

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Evening Line

“We continue to hear that the Leafs want to trade Bryan McCabe. Bryan has a no-move clause in his contract that was negotiated with and agreed to by the Leafs. Bryan is not inclined to waive the no-move clause,” Pulver told Sportsnet.ca. “He enjoys living and playing in Toronto and the team is a first-class organization. Bryan has logged more minutes than any other Leafs player in the past seven years and given his heart and soul to this franchise. If the Leafs want to move forward without Bryan they should buy out the remaining years on his contract.”

- Ian Pulver, agent for Bryan McCabe, via Sportsnet…

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McCabe Doesn’t Want To Move

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

...But before all those critics gleefully start putting together their “Bon Voyage Bryan” placards in the hopes of his eventual departure, he had a strong message for the fans when he emerged from the dressing room after the Maple Leafs’ 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers last night.

“I want to stay. I signed here and chose to stay here because this is where I want to be. I think there would be nothing better than to bring a championship to this city,” he said.

“There are no guarantees, but I don’t want to move. My wife is seven months pregnant. We don’t want to go anywhere.”

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McCabe Returns Soon, Hopes To Stay Long Term

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

McCabe is not considered one of the veterans Fletcher will try to move by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. He has a no-movement clause in his contract, but even if he did waive it, McCabe will cost a team $5.75-million (all currency U.S.) against the salary cap for the next three seasons. Not that he wants to go anywhere, anyway.

“Yeah, I got that clause, but no one’s ever spoken to me about doing anything about it so I’m not too worried about it,” McCabe said. “I signed here to play here. I want to be here.”

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McCabe Plans To Stay In Toronto

from the Toronto Sun,

Will Bryan McCabe return to the Maple Leafs lineup just in time to be traded?...

There are many things that McCabe is looking forward to when he rejoins the Leafs. Repeatedly answering that question is not one of them.

“Look, no one (from management) has approached me about (waiving it) yet,” McCabe said. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

“I’ve said all along I want to be a Toronto Maple Leaf. That’s why I signed here.”

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Bones Were Moving Around

from the Toronto Sun,

Leafs coach Paul Maurice, obviously frustrated at losing a 27-minute-a-game defenceman until at least the all-star break, snapped during his post-game press conference, accusing Kostitsyn’s hit of being “a cheap shot” and “a bulls—- play.”

Toronto general manager John Ferguson and Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau were far less critical of Kostitsyn, a sentiment echoed by McCabe.

“I don’t even know exactly what happened,” McCabe said. “We just seemed to get tangled up. It was a freak thing, that’s all.

“I knew something was wrong right away. At first I couldn’t move my hand. Then, when I could start moving it, I could feel bones moving around in there. That’s never a good thing.”

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McCabe Out With Broken Hand

from the CP via TSN,

But worse news for Toronto was that workhorse defenceman Bryan McCabe will likely be lost for at least six weeks after breaking three bones in his left hand midway through the third period after falling awkwardly into the boards after a check from Andrei Kostitsyn.

Toronto coach Paul Maurice was livid, saying Kostitsyn horse-collared McCabe and threw him into the boards.

“He’s too good a player to miss that much time after a (expletive) play like that,” he said.

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Believe In Maurice

from the Toronto Sun,

“It’s silly,” McCabe said of recent suggestions that Maurice’s days might be numbered. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with Paul or any of our coaches.”

“They have us prepared every game. Our practices are as good as they’ve ever been.

“The blame is 100% on us, the players. It has nothing to do with the coaches.”

One look at the beleaguered Maurice and it is easy to see the toll the Leafs woes are having on him.

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Two Key Leafs Return

from the CP via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs will have two more familiar faces back in the lineup when they travel to Buffalo to play the Sabres on Friday night.

Forward Darcy Tucker and defenceman Bryan McCabe are each ready to return from injury.

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Leafs Need Defense

From the CP via TSN,

“In a perfect world, we’ll take this team as an offensive-minded team and teach it to make the right decisions defensively,” said Maurice. “It’ll be a painful process for them.

“But then you have the chance to be a very, very good team.”

The Maple Leafs should also get better with the return of Tucker and defenceman Bryan McCabe, who has missed six games with a groin problem. Both would like to play Friday night in Buffalo or Saturday night at home against the New York Rangers.

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*Leafs currently have the highest goals-against in the NHL with 62, but are 2nd in the league for goals scored, with 53.

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McCabe Trying To Earn His Keep

from the Toronto Star,

To any fans poised to uncork the boos at the Air Canada Centre tonight, besieged Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe offered some perspective.

“I’m one of the higher-paid guys on the team and they expect the world out of you. But I can’t turn water into wine every night,” he said yesterday.

“I’m not that type of player. I’m a hard-nosed player. I’ve been fortunate enough to get rewarded for some of my points over the years. I’m trying to earn it.”

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Should Leafs Trade McCabe

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Maybe the ACC boo-birds will take sensitivity training and back off, or perhaps McCabe will again start playing with confidence and win back popular support.

But there’s blood in the water, and McCabe looks like one rattled hockey player right now. If his troubles continue, does GM John Ferguson, like Fletcher did 10 years ago, fix the issue by shipping McCabe elsewhere?

JFJ would need the defenceman’s permission, of course. But as this lurches into Larry Murphy territory, such permission may not be hard to get.

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JFJ’s Problems in Toronto

From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

In the most telling moment of a season already in crisis, the highest paid Maple Leaf skated behind his own goal Tuesday night and proceeded to trip over the net.

Maybe Bryan McCabe had done this before. Maybe not. But the symbol was clear and not at all comical.

This is the player John Ferguson has chosen to build his team around. This is his Chris Pronger, his Nick Lidstrom. Ferguson cannot trade McCabe, cannot send him to the minors, cannot place him on waivers, can probably not look at him the wrong way and cannot keep him on his feet.

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