I know it has only been going on for a week or so, but the rumors about how imminent the move of Bryan McCabe to the Rangers is are starting to drag on like Carmelo chatter. Today, Miami Herald sportswriter George Richards on his blog, On Frozen Pond, says that the deal to make McCabe a New York Ranger is close to being finalized. There is no mention of who or what would be going the other way in the trade. Like with all rumors they are just that until it is actually done. McCabe still has not waived his no-movement clause and he was on the team flight to Atlanta this afternoon, which does not preclude the deal from happening, but might eliminate a little of the immediacy to the move.
According to Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel, McCabe’s agent told him that there is nothing imminent, that Bryan is weighing his options and that he has yet to waive his no-trade clause.
This fact that the agent says there is nothing imminent in terms of McCabe, does not mean that all the reporting and rumors about the deal being close is wrong. The Panthers and Rangers could be close to terms on a deal to send McCabe to New York while he is in no rush to make a decision on what he wants to do.
As I have said before a large part of feelings about the trade will depend on what the cost of the move is to the Rangers. I have speculated on what I think the cost will be and whether McCabe is worth that assumed cost. If the deal goes down we will see what it actually cost and then be able to make a true decision on whether it looks like it will be worth it. Until then the rumors are going to fly.