Friday, August 14, 2009

Muskoka Five is now just One

Well August 15 is the last day that Tomas Kaberle can be traded without his consent. On Saturday the no-trade provision in his contract comes into force again so it looks like the slick defenseman will be around for one more season.

That means the Muskoka Five - the five holdouts who refused to waive their no trade contracts in the winter of 2008 - are down to One. That group included Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker, Bryan McCabe, Pavel Kubina and Kaberle. At one time they were considered the core of the team but look at them now. Mats Sundin walked last summer, dithered away the fall and returned in mid-season to play for the Canucks. He was a disaster. Now no one actually cares if he plays again or not. Tucker was bought out and signed with the Avalanche. He finished last season with just 8 goals and 8 assists which was worse than his rookie year. The sad part is that the Leafs will be paying him for another 5 years. McCabe was traded to the Panthers last summer and had a decent year scoring 15 goals. But with Jay Boiwmeester gone, there will be a lot of pressure on his shoulders. This summer the Leafs had a window to move Kubina and flipped him for Garnet Exelby. So Tomas stands alone. For now.