Panthers trade McCabe to Rangers

The Florida Panthers will have a new captain come next season, as they announced Saturday that they have traded current captain Bryan McCabe to the New York Rangers for forward Tim Kennedy and a third-round draft pick.

The 35-year old St. Catharines native, McCabe has spent 14 seasons in the NHL with the Islanders, Canucks, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, and Panthers.

McCabe was drafted 40th overall in the 1993 NHL draft, and was most known for his 7-year stay with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he was a massive part of their blueline, along with teammate Tomas Kaberle. In 2006, McCabe played with team Canada at the winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

In 1,116 career NHL games, McCabe has 143 goals, 379 assists and has a plus-36 ratinng.

Kennedy, 24 has this season with the Rangers' AHL affiliate Connecticut Whale. Last season, with the Buffalo Sabres, Kennedy had 10 goals, and 16 assists with a minus-3 rating in 78 games.

McCabe has 5.75 million dollars remaining on his current contract, and is set to become a free agent on July 1st.

*Note: McCabe waived a No-movement Clause in order to be traded to the Rangers.

Adam Reid


George Prax's picture

As a Habs fan this trade pisses me off. Gauthier trades a prospect and a 4th for a much lesser (albeit useful) defenseman and he couldn't fork over a pick a round earlier to get the clearly superior player in McCabe? Fucking Gauthier. And if that wasn't bad enough the Rangers get much better on the blueline too.

Adam Reid's picture

I'm also disappointed as a Panthers fan. Sure, I agree with you, Mike. Florida did the right thing in moving McCabe, his contract was hefty and I know there was no chance on re-signing him just like with Bouwmeester. But, I think if Talon waited until atleast tomorrow, more, and even better offers would have poured in for McCabe.

Heck, I was expecting Kessel and a second from the Leafs based on Toronto-Florida trades in the past.