He is a stellar offensive producer – no question. The PP would certainly hurt without him, and there's no denying that. But, his brain cramps are hard to watch.
Also, sometimes I question his heart. There are times when he seems to give up on plays when (I think) he clearly has a chance to make a better effort. Those situations leave me yelling "F*&k you, Bryan McCabe!!", at my TV screen, and calling for his head until the next time he pounds a slapper into the top of the net on the PP. So, I guess what I'm saying is this guy really instills a lovehate relationship.
You are right that his defensive game progressed last year. And anyone that disagrees didn't watch enough of their games. I think there were a few BIG giveaways that marred the marked improvement in his overall defensive game, night in, and night out.
I think you're right on the money when you compare his salaries to Chara, et al (who, I think, is grossly overpaid). You're also right that his salary will look like a steal in the latter stages of his deal. By the time he comes up for a new deal, top-flite D-men will be getting $8-9M per year. At that point B-Mac will be in his mid-30's and passing the prime of his career. So, I think McCabe bashers need to have a little more foresight in the deal that JFJ has made. Yes, he threw on a no-trade clause, but, if McCabe's defensive game keeps improving, I don't see how anyone can say he is an unfitting piece to the Leaf puzzle.
Maybe I'm being optimistic, but I think he will continue to progress as he gets more and more comfortable with his assigned "value". And if people will stop booing him (and others on the team), his confidence will only get stronger.
By the way, if you're attending a game and you're a TRUE Leaf fan, HOW CAN YOU BOO THEM!!?? I am so embarrassed of Leaf fans when that happens, no matter what is happening on the ice!! How is this productive for the team?? Can you imagine playing hockey for the team you love and having 20,000 people booing AT YOU!!! Give it a f*&%$&! rest people!!
Obvisouly, I digress…
Anyways, having said all that, you make excellent points about his value to the team, and make it seem an outlandish idea to trade him away. So, I think I agree with you!]]>