McCabe re-signs with Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed their go-to defenseman on Thursday. Bryan McCabe signed a multi-year contract before his arbitration hearing on Saturday….
McCabe who is 29, played 75 games last season collecting 16 goals, 37 assists and 86 penalty minutes. Ferguson made a good decision by signing this top-tier defenseman, but he has been relatively quiet during the offseason, only signing aging forwards Roberts and Nieuwendyk, also signing Ed Belfour and Aki Berg.

Leaf fans were hoping he could land off a big signing this summer, like Glen Murray, Paul Kariya or Peter Bondra. But instead he figures if he can almost the same team as last year they can have another unsuccessful run at the cup.

Here’s a little something the Leafs could do to change the image of the team. Do not re-sign Antopov and Wilm so they can make room for a speedy forward that can score goals and play good on the penalty kill, Paul Kariya. Also they need a good backup goaltender who can stand tall when Belfour gets injured, someone like Jamie Storr. Tellqvist isn’t ready to play at the NHL level yet, he needs more experience in the minors to boost his confidence. Re-sign Kaberle and change his position to forward. They could trade Aki berg and a prospect to Washington for Brendan Witt, a good young defenseman who makes few mistakes and can play aggressive.

So here’s a look at what the lines would look like if the leafs made these changes.

Mogilny-Sundin-Kariya

Roberts-Nieuwendyk-Nolan

Ponikarovsky-Tucker-Kaberle

Stajan-Kilger-Domi

McCabe-Leetch

Klee-Witt

Pilar-Colaiacovo

Belfour

Storr

Sources from MapleLeafs.com

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