Don't be rushing to the nearest sporting goods store to buy a Bryan McCabe Original Stars Hockey League sweater just yet, if at all. Although his name was on a roster of players supposedly playing in the four-on-four league, McCabe said yesterday he is off to Western Canada to visit family for a week before deciding what he is going to do during the NHL lockout.
"As of now, I have no plans of going to play, but it's a viable plan if (a lockout) is long,"the Maple Leafs defenceman said. "I really don't know anything about it. But if it gets off the ground, and it's working, who knows?"
McCabe was on Toronto's roster released by the league on Monday. Toronto and Detroit are scheduled to play in Barrie on Friday.
Another Leaf whose name has been linked to the OSHL, defenceman Aki Berg, also won't be suiting up any time soon. And when goalie Roberto Luongo, another player who has been tied to the OSHL, was asked about it yesterday, he said he had not made a firm decision.
"If I play somewhere it is going to be in Europe,"said Berg, who plans to stay at his Etobicoke home for the next few weeks. "After (last night's World Cup final against Canada) I'm going to relax and see what happens."
McCabe's reaction to his inclusion in the OSHL didn't faze league president Randy Gumbley.
"His contract was signed off by his agent (Jeff Solomon)," Gumbley said. "We know there are some players who weren't going to start right away. We're lenient."
Solomon could not be reached for comment.