There is an awkwardness to Bryan McCabe's strange dance with the Maple Leafs that isn't easy to comprehend.
He asked for the moon and got it.
And then he asked for more and received that much.
But almost three weeks after McCabe himself was confirming the gory details of his one-sided agreement with the Leafs -- and those close to him were happily spreading the news -- there still is no deal.
There may, in fact, be no deal at all.
And the Leafs, at this point, might be wise to put a time-frame on their offer, saving them from looking foolish for throwing the kitchen sink at the defenceman and having him, first agree, then disagree on his own interests.
Having McCabe signed provides general manager John Ferguson with an expensive piece of insurance heading to next season. Not having him signed, provides Ferguson with extra money and potentially more headaches come the free-agency date of July 1.
Whatever the reason -- and bet on McCabe's wife not wanting to live in Toronto as the biggest factor not anything else being spread around -- the Leafs need to push for an answer and soon. The closer this gets to July, the murkier it becomes.
THIS AND THAT
The real difference between Carlos Delgado and Troy Glaus as Blue Jays: One was a pleasant man consumed with his own statistics. The other is emotional and tense, consumed only with winning ... Welcome to the big leagues, Adam Loewen. The Canadian left-hander gets his first three big league starts for Baltimore and two come against Roy Halladay, the other against Randy Johnson ... The Los Angeles Angels are in last place and apparently are intent on staying there. How else to explain them sending down pitcher Jered Weaver, who started four games, won four games with a 1.37 ERA? The Angels will stick with Weaver's brother Jeff, who is 3-9 with a 6.02 ERA ... Steve Stricker is the kind of golfer who can lead the US Open, just never win it ... The CFL used to have a Rough Riders and a Roughriders. Nowadays it has two coaches named Greg Marshall, one in Hamilton, one in Winnipeg ... News: Not a single NHL player tested positive for anything under the new league policies. Views: Masking agents have become more important than player agents.
HERE AND THERE
Just another reason to dislike Vince Carter, in case you needed one: Had the Raptors not believed in Carter, they might have considered drafting Dwayne Wade instead of Chris Bosh. Bosh is a fine NBA player. Right now, Wade is just about the best player in basketball ... The Hamilton Tiger-Cats suspended two of their cheerleaders for appearing on the Howard Stern show and talking about, among other things, oral sex. We have no comment. We just thought it was worth repeating ... John Gibbons, nine games under .500 as a big-league manager when this season began, is about to go over the .500 mark for the first time ... Department of overreaction: The NBA suspending Jerry Stackhouse for Game 5 of the NBA final. You don't suspend a player like that in the final. You sock him with a fine and may the best team win ... Barry Bonds, who claims he has done nothing wrong, is seeking immunity if he talks to Major League Baseball investigators investigating performance enhancing drugs. Which begs the question: If he's not guilty of anything, why the need for immunity?
SCENE AND HEARD
Never mind Ricky Williams. The most impressive new Argo is cornerback, Jermaine Mays .... With the Cubs about to put everybody up for sale, is it worth the Jays' while to investigate the possibility of acquiring Greg Maddux ... Was given a sample of Chacin, the cologne, the other day. Smells nice. Honest ... In his own reckless way, by riding a motorcycle without a helmet, the only person Ben Roethlisberger was endangering was himself ... Happy Father's Day, Henry Staal and keep those kids coming ... How come friends of NHL vice-president Colin Campbell keep telling people that his name was put forth to replace Ferguson as GM of the Leafs when it isn't necessarily true? ... Before leaving Florida, here's hoping J.P. Ricciardi inquires about the possible availability of Marlins' pitcher Dontrelle Willis ... Not a good sign: Russ Adams already is having trouble making the double play throw from second base .... If the Leafs aren't going to buy out the final year on Tie Domi's contract, shouldn't they show some class and tell him or his agent that?
AND ANOTHER THING
To put into perspective what Cam Ward has done this Stanley Cup season, consider this: Only one rookie goaltender in history younger than Ward has won a Stanley Cup. And that happened to be Patrick Roy. Ken Dryden and Terry Sawchuk also won Cups as rookies but both were older than Ward, who is 22. Dryden was 24 when he came from nowhere to win with the Montreal Canadiens in 1971 ... Can't get a word out of Jason Allison's agent regarding his future with the Leafs, or any other team for that matter. Apparently agent Eustace King doesn't return phone messages ... Being the best defensive player on the worst defensive team in the NBA doesn't buy much respect: That's why Morris Peterson didn't get a single vote for the all-defensive team when he probably deserved some ... If I'm the Leafs GM, I don't qualify free agent, Nik Antropov, let Allison go, sign Eric Lindros cheap and pay Ed Belfour his buyout. Consulting cheques, no doubt, are in the mail ... Somebody, maybe even the Oilers, will overpay for free agent Fernando Pisani in July. He's good. He's just not this good ... And hey, whatever became of Kevin Smellie?