Perhaps Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe senses an end to the NHL lockout or just wasn't a big fan of European hockey.

Whatever the case, the 29-year-old is heading home after exercising an escape clause in his contract with Swedish champion HV71 Jonkoping.

McCabe, who struggled during his 10-game stint in Europe, was scheduled to be a healthy scratch for Saturday's tilt against Sodertalje.

McCabe had one goal and a minus-12 rating for HV71, which was 1-9 with the rugged blue-liner in the lineup.

The six-foot-two-inch, 220-pound McCabe had a career season with the Leafs in 2003-04, scoring 16 goals and 53 points in 75 games. He added eight points in 13 playoff contests.

In other news, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Brian Boucher also left HV71 after an equally dismal spell.

Boucher sported a 3.32 goals-against average in four games.

with files from Canadian Press