In response to Damien… A real writer’s opinion on McCabe

Its refreshing when someone else does your work. So rather then rant and rave about sir Damien recent post…which besides being a total contradiction to what he recently wrote (hat tip to Neal), is just plain crap….. I present RESPECTED writer Ken Campbell from the Hockey News..

“Now wouldn’t the Maple Leafs’ humiliation in this whole thing be complete if somehow McCabe were able to rehabilitate himself in Florida the way he did after he came to Toronto? Is it even possible that could happen? One would think so, but it’s not likely for a couple of reasons. Probably the best the Panthers can hope is that McCabe becomes a guy who scores the occasional goal and chips pucks off the glass without getting his team into too much trouble at his own end.”

Seems about right to me….

“From this corner, McCabe is a beaten man and he now knows it. Any of his tendencies for freelancing have been sucked out of his game and McCabe probably realizes his best chance for survival is to just try and be a good soldier and fade into the background.”

Once the can openr became extinct, McCabe’s value diminished. Ironically, the guy who said he would sooner retire then accept a salary cap is a victim of the new NHL. Big, slow, defencemen aren’t in great demand in the new NHL…just ask JFJ.

“Think about it. McCabe had the best years of his career playing for Pat Quinn and Rick Ley, neither one of whom is real big on structure. They simply allowed McCabe to play to his strengths and it resulted in seasons of 53 and 68 points (After one practice, former Leaf Ric Jackman was particularly down on himself after being ragged on by both Quinn and Ley. McCabe went to him, patted his knee and said, “Ricky, in one ear and out the other.” That was the kind of attitude McCabe was allowed to have in the Quinn-Ley regime).

So, while there is no reason to bash McCabe on the way out, there is also no reason to slam the deal for moving him either….

“Once Paul Maurice came onto the scene in Toronto, almost everything changed. Maurice was the anti-Quinn, a guy who seemingly had a system for how guys tied their skates, and McCabe’s game went down the sinkhole. And it’s not likely to change in Florida under Peter DeBoer, a first-time NHL coach who will be eager to make his mark by instilling discipline and accountability into the young Panthers.
What McCabe needs in his career most is the freedom to roam and a coach who’s willing to put up with his mistakes in exchange for his offense. It certainly doesn’t help McCabe that his big shot has effectively been taken away from him by players who are so well protected that nobody is afraid to throw their bodies in front of a slapshot anymore.”

Unlike Damien, Campbell takes an unbiased view of the deal, one which we leaf fans would appreciate more of from the local press.

“So, alas, it will likely be more of the same from McCabe. Now he’ll just be able to play the next three seasons in anonymity”


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