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McCabe: Back in Blue and White

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

(June 29, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the club has signed defenceman Bryan McCabe to a five-year contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. McCabe would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"Bryan is one of the premier defencemen in the game, and as a key member of our team keeping him in Toronto was one of our top priorities this off-season," Ferguson said. "Bryan is among the most skilled players at his position in the NHL. He also brings us valuable leadership both on and off the ice. We're pleased that he'll continue to be a cornerstone for our team in the future."

"I'm very pleased to be continuing my career with the Leafs, and to be a member of one of hockey's most storied franchises. This team has the opportunity to win, and Toronto's terrific fans make it a great place to play," McCabe said.

McCabe, 31, ranked third among NHL defencemen in points (68) trailing only Nicklas Lidstrom (80) and Sergei Zubov (71), and third in goals (19) behind Mathieu Schneider (21) and Dion Phaneuf (20). His points on the powerplay (45) were third best among league defencemen, trailing only Tomas Kaberle (51) and Lidstrom (50).

He ranked first in the NHL in average ice time per game (28:17) and his powerplay points (45) placed him 12th in the league.

McCabe finished second in team scoring this season with 68 points (19 goals, 49 assists) and set career highs in points, goals, assists, powerplay points, powerplay goals (13), powerplay assists (32), average ice time, game winning goals (6) and shots (207). In 781 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Vancouver, Chicago and Toronto he has 338 points (95 goals, 243 assists) with 1378 penalty minutes. In 51 career NHL playoff games he has 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) with 70 penalty minutes.

The native of St. Catharines was originally the New York Islanders' second choice, 40th overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft.

 

Team Season GM G A PTS PIM PPG SHG GWG SH SH% +/-
NYI 1995-1996 82 7 16 23 156 3 0 1 130 5.4 -24
NYI 1996-1997 82 8 20 28 165 2 1 2 117 6.8 -2
NYI 1997-1998 56 3 9 12 145 1 0 0 81 3.7 9
VAN 1997-1998 26 1 11 12 64 0 1 0 42 2.4 10
VAN 1998-1999 69 7 14 21 120 1 2 0 98 7.1 -11
CHI 1999-2000 79 6 19 25 139 2 0 2 119 5 -8
TOR 2000-2001 82 5 24 29 123 3 0 2 159 3.1 16
   PLAYOFFS 2000-2001 11 2 3 5 16 1 0 0 17 11.8 5
TOR 2001-2002 82 17 26 43 129 8 0 1 157 10.8 16
   PLAYOFFS 2001-2002 20 5 5 10 30 3 0 1 64 7.8 4
TOR 2002-2003 75 6 18 24 135 3 0 1 149 4 9
   PLAYOFFS 2002-2003 7 0 3 3 10 0 0 0 16 0 -3
TOR 2003-2004 75 16 37 53 86 8 0 2 168 9.5 22
   PLAYOFFS 2003-2004 13 3 5 8 14 2 0 0 26 11.5 0
TOR 2005-2006 73 19 49 68 116 13 0 6 207 920 -1
NHL Totals 781 95 243 338 1378 44 4 17 1427 6.7 36
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