Thursday, June 01, 2006
The more things change the more they stay the same.
5.8 M per for 5 years for Bryan McCabe.
Does anyone remember the last time the Leafs were in the playoffs? McCabe was a one man wrecking crew. I don't mean that in a good way.
The Leafs' apologists in the media claim that the Leafs hands were tied. They are now. Especially considering the report that the contract includes a no-trade clause.
So, lets review. In the 2011-2012 season the Leafs will be paying Bryan McCabe 5.8 Million dollars a year. All for a guy who:
-lacks maturity and discipline, taking selfish and stupid penalties time and time again
-is a liability in his own zone, blowing basic coverages frequently
-has never won anything and indeed, plays worse when the chips are down
-is on his fourth NHL team and ?? coach - the feeling is that Maurice will be able to do with McCabe what all these others could not - not sure why but we'll see
The beauty of this is that the Leafs are going the tried and true route that has gotten them nowhere for years. They have over 10M tied up in McCabe and Kaberle now - more then the Sabres have spent on their whole D, I would guess. Just a little less then the Oilers, who have Pronger at 6 M in that bunch.
Would you rather have McCabe or Pronger for 200K more?
The best thing is if the Oil stay smart its one more team they are competing with that has tied its own hands for years to come.
Posted by Black Dog at 12:28 PM