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Bryan McCabe says he's retired: I'm done

Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:04 pm
 
McCabe was drafted by the Isles in the second round in 1993. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Brian McCabe was one of the free-agent defensemen that wasn't scooped up this summer by a team and never caught on with a team after the season began.

Turns out he wasn't waiting for an offer to return to playing. He's retired.

Back in Florida where he spent two and a half seasons before finishing out last season with the Rangers, McCabe told George Richards of the Miami Herald that's he's finito. Done for good.

"Am I trying to play again? No. I'm done," McCabe said. “I'm down here, retired, have three kids now so that's what I'm doing. That's real work. The offers came in, but I don't want to leave here. We called it a day.

"I knew this day was coming and I'm fine. I'm settled in."

He's already moved on to another phase in his hockey career, telling Richards that he has begun scouting for the Panthers before the trade deadline on Feb. 27.

When it comes to retirement announcements, this is way down the list. Talk about a casual announcement. Not to mention, it won't surprise many people, if any. But still, making the announcement, albeit in a casual manner, brings an end to his career.

It will be interesting to see after this if he comes out and really makes it official, perhaps with the Panthers. Considering how things ended in Toronto with the Maple Leafs -- where he spent seven seasons -- that would make most sense. He's local, spending time with the team and living in nearby Boca Raton.

McCabe played 15 seasons in the NHL scoring 145 goals with 383 assists. He carved out his niche as a quarterback on the power play, scoring 74 of those 145 on the man advantage. Obviously his best seasons were in Toronto before he had a falling out and was traded to the Panthers with a fourth-round draft pick for Mike Van Ryn.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:24 pm
 

Bryan McCabe says he's retired: I'm done

I thought for sure a team was going to pick him up last off season.  Not sure how much  he wanted and what rule he would be happy filling, but he would have made a solid 5/6 d-man and PP qb for alot of teams.  

You're right, except for one thing.  I don't think McCabe was willing to play for the money 5 or 6 dmen bring in.  Thanks to the Leafs McCabe made a fortune in his career and from what I understand he's a fairly smart man, no need to work anymore.  But do I think he could have played somewhere for a million bucks or a little more?  Absolutely.   But he wouldn't agree to that.....

To be honest as a father of 2 boys I respect McCabe for doing what I'm surprised more athletes don't do.  Most play for as long as they can to try and bring in every penny they can get their hands on and aren't around to be with their family and enjoy their kids. Obviously McCabe isn't as focused on money as he is family... good for him. 



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:55 pm
 

Bryan McCabe says he's retired: I'm done

That mystery is solved, now, if we could only find out what happended to Kim Johnsson.



Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Bryan McCabe says he's retired: I'm done

His best years were long behind him, his career was dwindling since his underwhelming showing at HV71 during the lockout. He made the right call. Enjoy retirement Bryan!



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:50 am
 

Bryan McCabe says he's retired: I'm done

I thought for sure a team was going to pick him up last off season.  Not sure how much money he wanted and what rule he would be happy filling, but he would have made a solid 5/6 d-man and PP qb for alot of teams.  


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