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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McCabe is merely the lighning rod as the highest paid player. Because fans don't often (read never)have the ear of management to tell them how frustrated they are, they instead boo the symbol of the management's ineptitude.
Adam, 2007-10-19 12:47:52
I have zero sympathy for this palooka. He is no good. They could not trade him if his salary was the minimum. When he is on the ice the Leafs are virtually shorthanded. Ditto for Tucker.
McCabe, Tucker & Ferguson should be shipped out...pronto. This poor franchise....is there no hope?
Steverino, 2007-10-19 12:16:03
With today's cap limits and his exhorbitant salary, he is expendable.
Dump him to the Islanders or any other suckers willing to give up decent draft choices avalable over the next two years.
At the time of his signing, his market value, age and ability seemed adequate.
He has now become an overpaid, underachieving and overrated defensive liability.
Mel Parker, 2007-10-19 11:51:06
Enjoy your investment Leaf fans!!
Keith, 2007-10-19 11:48:19
Your comparison to Dave Ellett is well taken. But if Bryan sucks the way you describe him, then has your opinion changed after last night? I am not talking about the gimme goal on the 5 on 3, I am talking about the fact that last night he was no worse defensively than some of the other defenders paid his type of money (Sheldon Souray, Kimmo Timmonen and Ed Jovanaski, anyone?)
And if you want to get into numbers, the last three seasons, he has at least 15 goals and 50+ points playing on a team that has big issues scoring goals, and a decent plus minus on a team that is defensively challenged.
Finally, I agree more money is not going to make him play better (and I agree JFJ overpaid him). But if they did not overpay for him, then McCabe would have signed elsewhere and that would leave Pavel Kubina as your new #2 defender.
Face it, no reputable star wants to play in Toronto, and the main reason is what the fans and media do to players like McCabe or Antropov if they underperform for even a few games. Until Leaf fans learn to relax, this team will never win another Cup.
Ben, 2007-10-19 09:27:22