Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Hark the herald, players leave

It's Christmas time, which apparently means more NHLers are ready to give-up on a season this year. Among those heading for European rinks are Markus Naslund, Mattias Ohlund, Bryan Allen, Ethan Moreau, Adrian Aucoin and Kenny Jonsson. Others, like Toronto's Tie Domi, have announced their intentions to leave once the season has been cancelled outright.

Bryan McCabe, however, is going to stay home after his Swedish adventure went awry. Chicago's Daily Herald had an interesting article today on how players aren't having fun in Europe.
McCabe decided enough was enough after his HV71 coach told him he was to be a healthy scratch for a game.

"I said to him, 'I've played 800 games in the NHL and if you think I'm going to sit on the bench and cheer for your team, you're sadly mistaken,'" McCabe told the Toronto Star, shortly after wetting himself.

Whoo! And who says NHLers aren't overpaid babies? What McCabe didn't tell the Star was that he was playing like excrement, to use a cheery euphemism for being -12 after 10 games. Perhaps Bryan figured going to the Swedish Elite League would be similar to the charity tours some of his mates are on.


At 10:01 p.m., December 21, 2004, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Aww poor babies...they thought they could have a nice easy European vacation. I guess it was just too much of a shock to the ego to realize the level of play in Europe is much higher than they expected. The physicality might not match the NHL at all, but the level of pure skill is right up there.

As for McCabe...Canucks fans didn't shed too many tears when he was dealt to Chi-Town. Sure, the Sedins are dull and pasty, but we'll take them over McCabe every day of the week.


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