The Maple Leafs' intent remains to get Bryan McCabe's signature on a new contract and it appears they don't have a problem waiting out the situation.
Though it was reported a week ago the Leafs and McCabe had come to an agreement, one that would see McCabe stay in a Leafs uniform for the next five seasons to the tune of approximately $28.75 million US, there has been no official announcement by the National Hockey League club.
Sources insist there has been no signing because McCabe's wife, Roberta, wants to be closer to her family in Long Island, N.Y., where the McCabes make their off-season home.
NO MATCH IN N.Y. AREA
If that's what comes to pass, then McCabe would have to join, presumably, one of the New York Rangers, New York Islanders or New Jersey Devils. But the Rangers are likely to target Zdeno Chara on July 1 if he does not re-sign with the Ottawa Senators. Few would consider the unpredictable Islanders as a safe destination, and whether the Devils would be interested in McCabe is not clear.
Leafs general manager John Ferguson would not confirm that family issues are holding up the signing.
"The deal is not done, and aside from that, I am not going to comment on specifics," Ferguson said last night.
The thinking is the Leafs are confident this situation will be resolved in their favour and McCabe eventually will sign. He has said publicly that he wants nothing more than to return to Toronto.