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by Matthew Iaboni

November 28, 2006

(TORONTO) -- Bryan McCabe is the leading vote getter among Eastern Conference defencemen for the 2007 NHL All-Star game in Dallas.

But  that was the last thing on his mind after he left the game late in the third period Tuesday night against Boston with an injury.
Andrew Raycroft has kept his eye on the puck all season.
(Graig Abel Photography)


More will be known at practice on Wednesday but the Leafs are keeping their fingers crossed for some good news.

Head coach Paul Maurice updated McCabe's status after the game.

"We will see how he is tomorrow but if he comes back slowly then we will take our time with it," Maurice said. "It's a slight sprain of his ankle."

The NHL released the results Tuesday of the voting so far for the 2007 NHL All-Star game and McCabe leads all Eastern Conference defencemen with 174,205 votes which is second in the Conference to Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McCabe had a great 2005-06 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He set career highs in goals (19), assists (49) points (68), power play goals (13) and game winning goals (six).

The Leafs defenceman struggled at the start of 2006-07, but then turned things on. He had a nine-game point streak (where he picked up 14 points) and fell one game shy of the club record for defencemen which was set by Tom Kurvers in 1990.

McCabe and defence partner Tomas Kaberle were tied for second in points among NHL defencemen heading into Tuesday night's action with 23 points and  they also continued to log significant minutes with McCabe averaging 28:14 and Kaberle 27:55. 

With the NHL All-Star Game set for Dallas on Tuesday January 24 there is a good chance that McCabe will be one of the Maple Leafs represented. Vote for Bryan and send him to the All-Star game.

While McCabe is leading, Kaberle finds himself in fifth spot among defenders and as any member of the Leafs will tell you, he is the engine that runs the Leafs power play. He goes about his business quietly on and off the ice but wouldn't you love to see the silky smooth Kaberle navigate the pylons in the Skills Competition and prove what you Leaf fans know. Kaberle is the smoothest skater in the NHL. Vote Tomas to Dallas.

As for the other two Leafs on the ballot, captain Mats Sundin and goalie Andrew Raycroft, they are proving they deserve a chance to be at the All-Star classic.

What more can you say about Sundin? He scored his 500th goal earlier this season against Calgary, he is the Leafs undisputed leader on and off the ice, he is great in the community which alone should make him an All-Star. Vote Mats to Dallas


The last member of the team on the ballot is the Andrew Raycroft. The number one netminder has performed exceptionally well in his first season with Toronto and he has already passed last years win total and numerous times he has saved the Leafs. Vote for Rayzor.


If you're asking yourself where is Darcy Tucker? Well for some reason he isn't on the ballot but you can write him in. He leads the NHL in power-play goals and if he can knock down Zdeno Chara, he deserves to be an All-Star. Send Darcy to Dallas to join his teammates.
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