While most Leaf fans are thrilled to see McCabe finally waive his no-trade clause, many have wondered why he chose Florida. After all, this is a guy who wouldn't even discuss a deal in February, and spent most of the summer swearing he wouldn't go anywhere. Why change his mind for the Panthers of all teams?
Well, Howard Berger apparently has the scoop in today's blog post:
... two factors make a move to the Panthers appealing. First, Bryan’s in-laws have a winter home in south Florida and are there throughout the bulk of the NHL season. And, second, former Leaf Wade Belak has grown very close to McCabe. In fact, the McCabes and Belaks are tight as families, having lived on the same street in Toronto the past couple of years. Next to Darcy Tucker — now with Colorado — Belak was McCabe’s best friend on the Leafs of last season.Um...
Are you freaking kidding me?
Nothing about wanting to play for a Stanley Cup contender. Nothing about wanting to go to a team where he could play a more prominent role. Nothing about playing for coaches who could help him make the best of his talents.
No, his top priorities are to be near his in-laws and his best friend.
Is this guy twelve years old?
The longer this off-season drags on, the more we're learning about the players who made up the core leadership group on a Maple Leafs squad that became a league laughingstock over the past three years (whining, pouting and making excuses the whole way).
This was a team with a captain who needs over four months to decide if he even wants to play hockey anymore, and an assistant whose top career priority is being near his mother-in-law and BFF.
Forget making the playoffs. How did these losers ever manage to win a game?