McCabe not ready to go

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Bryan McCabe has not completely closed the door on waiving his no movement clause somewhere down the road.

But not now.Not yet. And not in the immediate future anyway.

Echoing the sentiments voiced by captain Mats Sundin 24 hours earlier, McCabe stated he wants to remain a member of the Leafs no matter how much the team struggles this season.

"I haven't even thought about that stuff," McCabe said. "I know people talk about that subject. But the bottom line is, I signed in Toronto because I want to stay in Toronto."

FERGIE NOT FRAZZLED

Beleaguered Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson continues to work the phones in an effort to augment the talent-base of his team.

Calling Saturday's moribund 5-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes "unacceptable," Ferguson admitted trade talks continue on various fronts, although deals are more difficult to pull off in the salary cap era.

"Everything's clearly on the table," Ferguson said last night. "Discussions are ongoing.

"There is pressure every night to win. If you don't anticipate (outside distractions) in hockey's biggest market, you haven't prepared yourself properly."

GUY-GATE

Told that Habs legend Guy Lafleur referred to the modern-day Habs as a team of four fourth lines, Leafs coach Paul Maurice had a good chuckle.

"If all four lines had the fourth line mentality, you would have a good team and I think they do,"he said.

Pondering Lafleur's comments, Maurice smiled.

"I thought we had it tough here," he laughed, nodding at the legion of Montreal reporters on hand.

Forward Michael Ryder, dropped from the first to the third line, said Lafleur's comments could be used as motivation by the Habs.

"You don't want to say anything about a role model, Ryder said. "We just have to get together and show him we are not that."


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