Bryan McCabe re-signs with Maple Leafs
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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday re-signed defenseman Bryan McCabe to a multi-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 29-year-old McCabe collected 53 points last season with 16 goals and 37 assists while skating in 75 contests. The assists and points totals were both career-highs. McCabe, who finished fourth in voting for the Norris Trophy, ranked ninth in the NHL in average ice time (25:43) and tied for 19th in plus/minus (+22). He was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team and became the first Toronto defenseman since Borje Salming in 1979-80 to be a member of one of the NHL year-end all-star teams The St. Catharines, Ontario native played all 13 of Toronto's postseason games in 2004, registering three goals, five assists and 14 penalty minutes. "Bryan has progressed into one of the top performing defensemen in the National Hockey League," said general manager John Ferguson. "He is a versatile player who is used in all key situations and has developed into a team leader." McCabe has played nine seasons and 708 career NHL games for the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and the Maple Leafs. Toronto acquired him from Chicago in an October 2, 2000 trade.