McCabe family ecstatic

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Just call it All In The Family.

When the Vancouver Canucks' Ed Jovanovski pulled out of the Olympics Monday because of impending abdominal surgery, the Maple Leafs No. 24 was not the only member of the McCabe clan to benefit.

Sure, Bryan McCabe is the big winner out of the deal. Jovanovski's decision allowed him to move off the taxi squad and on to the 23-man roster, meaning, health permitting, he'll actually play in Turin, not to mention be allowed to stay in the Olympic village with his teammates. Those on the taxi squad will have to reside off-site.

But Bryan's inclusion also means that four members of his family -- his dad Ralph, his mom Barbara, his brother Sean and his sister-in-law Cheryl -- will be heading over to Turin to watch Bryan strut his stuff for Team Canada.

"They're all very excited," Bryan said yesterday. "My parents have never really been out of the country before."

BOYLE BOOSTERS

Because of the vacancy on the Olympic taxi squad left by McCabe, the Lightning is touting defenceman Dan Boyle for the spot.

Team Canada coach Pat Quinn said a conference call could be held today involving the squad's brass and coaches to discuss the injury situation and possible replacements.

"He has been in the top 10 on all our lists for a while," Quinn said. "You could pretty much scramble Nos 4 through 10 and still have a good group."

Boyle continues to downplay the possibility of going to Turin.

"Sure I would love it but it's out of my hands right now," he said. "There is nothing I can do about it but play as well as I can for the Tampa Bay Lightning."

Teammate Vinny Lecavalier, the MVP of the 2004 World Cup and a member of the 2006 Olympic team, would love to see Boyle make it.

"He's a very worthy candidate," Lecavalier said. "He's very skilled offensively and he's solid in his own end."

Should Anaheim Mighty Ducks' Scott Niedermayer opt to have knee surgery and decline Team Canada's invitation, Boyle could make the 23-man roster. Scott Hannan, Jay Bouwmeester and Dion Phaneuf also will receive consideration.


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