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Should McCabe be traded?
Sun, February 3, 2008

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

The Leafs highest paid defenceman has been a target of boo birds in Toronto for his play. Should the Leafs try and trade McCabe?

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Gotta love Leaf fans...the guy accidently puts it in his own net, tar and feather him. Next game he scores a hat trick, they'll be planning the Cup parade route and wanting him for PM...next game screws up again, trade the bum for a water bottle. The mood in TO changes more than I change my socks. Only in Toronto...
Brian, 2007-10-17 10:49:45

I don't think we can fault Mcabe..he's got a big contract which is no fault of his..does he deserve it?..probably not..he made a mistake and right now his game isn't where it should be..the season is young he has time to turn it around..offensively he is one of the better defencemen in the league but he needs to deal with his defensive game and bring it up to were it was a couple of years ago...the problem I see is Kubina is too slow...Gill is too slow..White is too small and he runs around and gets out of position way to often...Stralman should be brought in..he can skate shoot and he plays with a lot of poise..give him a chance..until the leafs address the issue with a slow defence they will continue to struggle..shake it up before its too late..but it ain't Mcabes fault..
haroldgunner, 2007-10-17 10:47:31

It's awfully hard to justify that someone making that kind of money ends up making headlines in the other team's daily newspaper!!!

The fact that he is the highest paid player on the team, does not help his case.

But what was Sundin doing on that same play that cost the team the game??? He wasn't taking his man either!

If the Leafs had to trade McCabe for making that mistake, then they should have traded Sundin long ago. Both players, and most of the rest of the team better shape up real soon, but hopefully it's John Ferguson Jr. who ends up paying for all this mess.
JEff, 2007-10-17 10:45:04

Easier said than done. With the salary he's making, and with 22 of the 30 teams pushing against the cap already with regards to COMMITMENTS next year, and the 8 who are not notorious budget-watchers or bottom-feeders, there isn't anywhere for him to go.
George O'Leary, 2007-10-17 10:34:21

Paid more than Jagr! Wow! 7 mil this year is a joke. In fact the team is a joke and will simply be a repeat of last year. Actually the best thing that could happen is that they don't make the playoffs so that an overhaul can take place.
Brian, 2007-10-17 10:02:20

You people who bad mouth McCabe make me barf.....And at the same time call yourself fans. I read peoples comments and it's like they don't have a clue. Who are they listening too??? The media ?? The people who make money on stories that people read.....This guy McCabe is a premier defenceman in the NHL. His stats back it up year after year. He is an offensive defenceman...who should not even be on the ice in that last minute. Problem is they have no one else to put out there. NO ONE !!!!! I suppose you people are the same ones that think that Kyle Wellwood is a second line centre. Mabey on the Leafs...who have a team comprised of a bunch of AHL players at best. Nowhere else though. Wosniewski.....White....Gill.....Kabina...

they looked like they were lost out their....looking for somewhere to hide. These are your problems not McCabe. If anyone should be out there it's Jay Harrison. He played 12 games on D for the Leafs 2 years ago and played awesome under Quinn....To bad for him though Maurice does'nt like him....He prefers Wos"who"ski and the Piss Tank" White.

Give McCabe some support....look in other directions to critize...or to find the real reasons why this team is so awefull. Wake up people who call your self fans!!!
Hockey Fan, 2007-10-17 09:54:51

Take a case of tape for him. At least its useful!!!! Dump Gill and Kubina in and we might be able to get some sticks also. Should help anyway. Fregie needs to go!!!!!
Phil, 2007-10-17 09:47:01

Definitely McCabe has to go but the truck should be loaded with at least eight of his team mates. I mean, what business does Battaglia, Newbury, Belak, Wozniewski and Pohl have playing in the NHL.

Sundin should also be traded for draft choices.

The disaster that looms is that JFJ, who can't tell a good hockey player from a bad one, will be allowed to continue to wreak havoc. JFJ should be fired now, indeed should have been fired long ago. But he will last until even the owners realize the season is over. That is, he won't be fired until 13 wins and 18 losses are racked up. Definitely not Coach Mo's fault as McCabe and the other blueliners brought in by JFJ are uncoachable. Kubina is just too slow to be effective playing a defensive style.

I hear the Leafs' owners are thinking of raising the ticket prices. Why shouldn't they when the product is a sellout night after night?
Ron, 2007-10-17 09:42:59

Overpaid? Yes. Blame Fergie and McCabe's agent for that. I do agree with Ian. Use him in the correct situations to enhance and make use of his skill set. Can't trade him so might as well make the best use of him.
Ward Moroz, 2007-10-17 08:15:08

Whine, whine and whine, we have heard now for 40 years. I can’t remember all the scapegoats over the years. The only message this organization will understand is at the box office. But as long as there are morons who will pay hard earned money year after year to see such performances, why would any organization need to improve? They are laughing all the way to the bank. Do you think any player cares who they play for? The once pride to wear a Leaf jersey is long gone. The 8 digit $ jersey is the only one that matters. Trade the whole team.
No Leaf Fan, 2007-10-17 08:05:19

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