Bryan McCabe still waits for deal, while Modano and Selanne decisions imminent

September, 12, 2011
9/12/11
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Camps around the NHL open later this week and unsigned veteran blueliner Bryan McCabe could possibly still sitting at home.

Bryan McCabe
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The 36-year-old unrestricted free agent is hanging out at his South Florida home still pondering his future.

"There have been discussions with several teams," his agent, Ian Pulver, told ESPN.com on Monday. "Bryan is still considering his options."

McCabe had 28 points (7-21) in 67 games with Florida and the New York Rangers last season. He's no longer the offensive force he once was, but he's a solid two-way player and also a popular player in the room.

He has had a few training-camp tryout invites, but at this point that doesn't seem to interest him too much.

At this time of year, what often happens is teams overestimate how deep they are at defense and realize halfway through preseason or early in the regular season that a certain young player hasn't made the kind of jump they had hoped for. Or there would be injuries. Then, teams suddenly feel a need to make a veteran of McCabe's pedigree a real offer. We'll see if that happens.

Of course, McCabe could also just pack it in if nothing interests him.

This and that …

• Speaking of packing it in, it should surprise no one that Mike Modano is leaning toward retirement, a source told ESPN.com Monday. Expect some kind of official announcement from the Team USA legend before the end of September.

• A source told ESPN.com on Monday that star winger Teemu Selanne and Ducks GM Bob Murray continue to keep in touch nearly on an daily basis and the expectation is the Finnish Flash will make his decision on whether to play another season by time camp opens Friday. Selanne wants to use this week to further evaluate how his left knee is doing and whether it can hold up for another season.

• Amazing what little fanfare Cory Stillman's retirement received this past weekend after the Florida Panthers announced they hired him in their front office. Stillman was a clutch playoff performer and will be missed on the ice. From what we hear, Stillman may have played another season had an NHL team closer to his Peterborough, Ontario, home had called; but no one from Toronto, Ottawa or Buffalo showed any real interest.

• Given the market size and 24/7 interest in the Maple Leafs, it's surprising how the Luke Schenn contract situation has created few headlines in Toronto. Leafs GM Brian Burke told ESPN.com on Monday that the club and Schenn's representatives from Newport Sports agreed they wouldn't comment on the negotiations. Schenn, a restricted free agent, remains unsigned, but both sides were going back at it this week to try to find a solution.

• Keep an eye on the Detroit Red Wings next summer. They enter this season at about $5.8 million under the salary cap and have about $21 million further coming off next summer. As my new ESPN Insider colleague Craig Custance noted in his blog Monday, the Wings will likely try to re-sign Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart before both players become UFA next summer. But, either way, Detroit will likely have the most cap space it has ever had since the cap system was instituted in 2005. There's some big UFA-bound names, led by Zach Parise, but also including Shane Doan, Ryan Suter, Ales Hemsky and Alexander Semin.

Look for the Wings to be aggressive, especially if Nicklas Lidstrom retires. In the meantime, because of that $5.8 million space, they will also look at what's out there before this season's trade deadline.

• The New York Rangers' choice for a new captain? They nailed it Monday. Ryan Callahan is what you want in a captain when you talk about work ethic and leadership. But more than that, he is the symbol of the post-lockout Rangers, who have drafted and developed their own players and not just relied on July 1 to fill their roster. There was no better choice as captain.

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