Sunday, February 27, 2011
Blueshirts welcome McCabe into fold
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- The Rangers' newest player is a hit.
Bryan McCabe's team raved about the newest Blueshirt after Sunday's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay, complimenting him for his veteran presence and what be brings to the power play.
“He has been a good defenseman his whole career and we are lucky to have him,” forward Dan Girardi said. “You saw he gets shots through, he almost scored. He has great poise and he was a great pickup for us.”
The Rangers acquired the 15-year veteran Saturday in a trade with Florida for forward Tim Kennedy and a third-round draft pick. He was immediately thrust into action Sunday, playing 17:35 and taking two shots on goal.
“There were nerves for sure,” McCabe said. “I was pretty excited and there were some butterflies before the game but obviously it will get better as it goes on and I’ll get more comfortable and get to know the guys a little bit and the system. It will be good.”
While he score, McCabe’s teammates were impressed with his slapshot. In the final minute of the game with the Rangers trailing 2-1 and the goalie pulled, McCabe blasted a shot at the goal but Tampa goalie Dwayne Roloson made a tough save to preserve the lead.
The Rangers ultimately went 0-for-4 on their power plays Saturday, but believe McCabe will prove beneficial in man-up situations in the future.
"That’s a dangerous shot from the middle of the ice for a guy that’s known to have a pretty good slapshot, a pretty good one-timer, so it’s just another weapon on the power play,” forward Erik Christensen said. “I think people don’t think we have too many other than Gabby (Marian Gaborik) but it’s a nice addition.”