CBC Sports has reported (I know eh, CBC, breaking the news first?) that Bryan McCabe, as well as a fourth round pick in 2010, has officially been traded to Florida.
In exchange the Maple Leafs will get what was expected, defenseman Mike Van Ryn.
TSN first reported yesterday that a deal would be made official by 11am this morning, and although a bit late the deal has been completed with no twists or surprises.
Also, according to an interview today at 6pm on Sportsnet Connected with Nick Kypreos, McCabe never said no to Cliff Fletcher when he was approached by the GM at the trade deadline and instead said that he was "open" to anything on the table.
With that being said, Cliff Fletcher, has now, arguably, completed phase one of the rebuilding process in Toronto. The only question now left open for speculation is, what will the starting line up look like for the 2008-09 season?
McCabe will cost the Florida Panthers a cap hit of $5.75 million over the next three seasons.
Florida will be the fifth club that Bryan McCabe has played for in his NHL career. Before moving to Toronto and now Florida, McCabe has played for the New York Islanders, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Chicago Blackhawks.
In seven seasons with the Leafs McCabe tallied a total of 297 points.
Van Ryn, over the next two seasons will cost the Leafs a cap hit of only $2.9 million a season.
Van Ryn struggled with injury problems last season only posting two assists in 20 games with the Panthers.