Fair and balanced. That is all we want right? Lyle Richardson is not a Leaf fan. So the opportunity to bash the buds on his spectorshockey.com is always there. However, as in most cases the guy presents the evidence in black and white with little dribble (hello Howie!)…take a look:
“NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos reports Toronto Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher claims defenseman Bryan McCabe has “softened his stance” on waiving his movement clause and is now waiting for McCabe to provide him with a list of teams he’d accept being dealt to. There’s speculation the Leafs would prevent McCabe from attending training camp to force him into accepting a trade but NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly said that would result in legal action against the Leafs. Fletcher denied bullying or threatening McCabe, merely suggesting a change of scenery would benefit both sides. McCabe’s agent also suggested the possibility of his client staying in Toronto.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ultimately the decision remains with McCabe, and if he decides to stay there’s little the Leafs can do about it. His apparent willingness to submit a list of preferred destinations also doesn’t guarantee he’ll be traded, since those teams might not have interest in him either because of his style of play or his $5.75 million per season contract. Still, this latest news does suggest a change in McCabe’s stance.”
Notice the absence of blood hating crap. Isn’t that a tad bit refreshing? We don’t need our writers to write eloquently (actual sentences would be nice), but spare us the constant negative hyperbole. Hat tip to Spector for a refreshingly unique (and accurate) view on the subject.