Why This Latest Pulp Fiction Making the Rounds Will Likely Not Be Happening
GM Garth and former GM, JFJ
Reports are flying around that Cliff Fletcher, the new GM for Toronto and our Garth Snow were discussing McCabe. Let's look a bit more into that and debunk the rumormill which has heated up due to it.
Bryan McCabe being traded along with a 3rd rounder in 1998 to the Vancouver for Trevor Linden is one of the Isles trades that still shears the soul. The kid was physical, had lots of potential, and was just tapping into his abilities on the powerplay. But it wasn't till he got to TO by way of Chicago that he blew up. He scored over 40 at first, then over 50 after. Then one glorious season, a dazzling 68 points. Then last season, 57. This season, as the wheels fell off the TO bus, 13 pts in 32 games.
In Toronto, he has been tarred and feathered, by a passionate and overwrought fanbase who watched their GM saddle him and them with a terrible contract that left TO almost asphyxiated since where their dmen with with McCabe, Kaberle and Kubina eat up most of their cap. An unbelievable blunder than has riled fans to give McCabe far less leash to their ire as team fortunes plummeted after Quinn was forced out and the backroom politicking in ownership's bureaucracy reached a crescendo of embarrassment as JFJ, a man who was never the right fit for the job...or minefield...had to sit there as TO looked all over for a replacement publicly.
So like the Wolf in Pulp Fiction, Cliff Fletcher was called in to clean up some bodies by some bungling hitmen. JFJ made a mess. Garth has his own issues with the Isles this season. Except, Garth Snow isn't going to be a waystation for bloated contracts. Especially when Cliff and Toronto are more likely to buy them out over the summer.
Why take a 6 million, 4 million and 4 million man when they can sign him cheaper or other dmen cheaper over the summer?
Cliff is checking out all his avenues. But be assured, unless some key prospect changes hands along with it, McCabe is NOT coming to LI this season.
Yes, they talked. But talk doesn't always lead to action. GMs talk all the time.
Don't need a magic 8 ball to predict this one. Not happening.