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Friday, August 15, 2008

Brian Mccabe is going to be a Panther

Coming from both TSN and Sportsnet now:

Once the Toronto Maple Leafs pay Brian McCabe a 2 million dollar bonus, the Leafs and Panthers have a multi-player trade that will go into effect. Rumor has it that Brian McCabe and another player are going to the Florida Panthers for Mike Van Ryn and another player. Although Jay Bouwmeester is all over the rumor mills, he is not going to be one of the Florida players going to Toronto.

I'm not quite sure what to make of this. It looks like Toronto is shipping away the under-performing McCabe for an under-performing Van Ryn. The styles of the two are very different though. McCabe is an aggresive shut down guy whereas Van Ryn is a puck mover. This also clears cap space for Toronto, which could mean they might offer a sweeter deal to Mats Sundin. If Toronto loses both Mats Sundin and Brian McCabe, arguably their two best players, that would mean the Leafs, last year's worst team in the Northeast division, are going to remain miles behind Boston.


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