Gilmour has Hall hopes

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Doug Gilmour does not want to jump the gun.

The former Maple Leafs captain has made numerous trips to the Hockey Hall of Fame, taking time to show his two young sons where his name is engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Now he has a shot to be enshrined in the players wing of the Hall, too.

"Sure it would be an honour but I don't want to jinx anything," he said yesterday. "It's out of my hands."

Gilmour is among a prestigious list of candidates looking to be picked for the Hall later this month, one that also includes Patrick Roy, the NHL's winningest goalie, Pavel Bure, Phil Housley and Mike Richter.

The names of the lucky recipients will be announced on June 28 after the meeting of the selection committee.

Gilmour had no idea that the decision was coming up so fast until being informed by the media during the Doug Gilmour and Friends Celebrity Bowl for charity yesterday.

"I remember going to the Hall as a kid when it was still on the CNE Grounds," Gilmour said. "My favourite thing there, obviously, was the Stanley Cup.

"To be enshrined would be a thrill of a lifetime. After all, hockey has been my life."

Gilmour racked up 1,414 points in 1,474 regular-season games during his illustrious 21-year career including a team record 127 points for the Maple Leafs in 1992-93. He added 188 points in 182 playoff games.

MONEY TALKS

While the two sides continue to work out the final details of Bryan McCabe's five-year, $28.75 million US contract with the Maple Leafs, the deal is all but done.

"Nothing to announce as of yet," Leafs general manager John Ferguson said yesterday.

Expect the pact to be finalized any day now.

McCabe was scheduled to fly to Toronto on Wednesday night, but was forced to remain in the New York area after his flight was cancelled.

Meanwhile, Ferguson denied reports making the rounds yesterday suggesting the team had come to terms with Eric Lindros on a one-year deal worth $750,00.

"That is inaccurate," Ferguson said, adding the two sides had not been in contact recently.

Lindros continues to work out and is said to be making good progress while rehabbing his injured wrist.


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