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Is Muckler right for the Leafs?
Thu, July 5, 2007

John Muckler is next in line for an interview with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment as the mega-sports empire continues its search for a senior advisor to help out the hockey club's general manager, John Ferguson.

A source told The Canadian Press that the interview with MLSE was to be held as early as Friday. A call to Muckler was not immediately returned Thursday. Muckler, 73, was replaced as Ottawa Senators GM by head coach Bryan Murray after the season and declined a chance to stay on as a consultant.

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muckler is too old and looks like the crypt keeper.he should have retired 10 years ago.don't these egotistical executives know when to give it up.let him go manage a senor citizens rest home if he has to stay active,not an nhl team!
patrick, 2007-06-27 02:51:06

Ottawa's big line goes on vacation a week early and Muck gets the chop.

If Sens had won the Cup, he would have been hailed as the greatest hockey genius in history.

So goes the sport.
Phil S. Posito, 2007-06-22 00:37:05

Right or wrong, who cares. I can't have sympathy for someone who gets around $1.5M severance to be fired.


Lloyd (Edmonton), 2007-06-20 15:09:35

It was the right thing to fire Muckler. He was responsible for getting Ted Nolan fired & basically was able to have him blacklisted in the NHL for almost 10 years. Nolan took a group of nobodies to the playoffs. Muckler is getting what he deserves. He'll never another cup because things come full circle.
Andrew Ferguson, 2007-06-20 00:01:29

Nice objective post, Roy. Refreshing to say the least. But, hey, I'm not a big fan of Roberts. Rather, when comparing his potential contributions in a physical series like the one with Anaheim, I would have much preferred to have seen him on the ice than either Eaves or Saprykin, both of whom were invisible. Just an opinion. And clearly, I must have missed something significant in the past years because I don't recall Roberts doing anything that would put him in the category of Bertuzzi or Pronger. He plays a physical game, at times bordering on illegal - but did he ever sucker-punch someone or try to take a player's head off with an elbow? If there was some similar incident, perhaps you could pinpoint it for me.
George O'Leary, 2007-06-19 09:53:49

Muckler wasn't the biggest problem. The players needed to step up for the final, and the coaches obviously got outcoached. To send a message, why not trade a big name player for some near-future phenoms, and replace the coach?


Know More, No Less, 2007-06-19 08:45:02

GNot Mukcler's fault; get rid of Alfredsson ,nuff said
Cloned13, 2007-06-19 07:59:58

Murray should have been removed from his position as well, I agree with others who indicate he spent far to much time assigning blame to the ice, the refs, and his players and anything else except himself instead of working to fix the problem. Incidentally, those of you who are name-calling ("twits")fans of other teams may want to look at your own comments from previous forums supposed to be about the Sens where you had to talk about another team.
chris, 2007-06-19 07:42:38

Getting fired is the nature of the business. It's sport. Life goes on. He'll get over it. I've no doubt, George O'Leary, that Muckler was canned for not acquiring Gary Roberts for the playoff run, just as you suggest. It's clear that you are a big Roberts fan, and that you dislike both Saprykin and Eaves. Fair enough. You are entitled to your opinion. I fully agree with your little rant about idiotic comments, by the way, but not about Roberts. The main reason players like to have guys like Pronger, Bertuzzi, and Roberts in their dressing room is that it means those maniacs are less likely to take a crippling cheap shot at them. Intensity is fine, but when accompanied by brain cramps that cause a guy to forget, even for a moment, that this is a sport, not a war, and the guy he is trying to kill has a family, and a life outside of the game, intensity becomes a detriment. Sport is entertainment, for which the participants get paid far too handsomely. There should be no room in it for headhunters who will not restrain themselves, and who pose a serious threat to the life and health of other human beings. Unfortunately, (because they shouldn't be,) these guys are role models for our kids. Do you really think kids listen when they hear Don Cherry say, "Now don't you kids do that!" but at the same time praises the guy, and excuses him for his "intensity?" Talk about a mixed message! Not to sound overly callous, but the kid Bertuzzi took out (McRae?)was a headhunter (remember the hit on Naslund?) who simply died by the sword, metaphorically. However, if the league doesn't get tough with the headhunters, which includes Gary Roberts, sooner or later we are going to witness a murder/execution during the course of a nationally televised hockey game. Won't that do wonders for the ratings? Roberts, Pronger, Bertuzzi, et al, all draw huge salaries, and they are great players, when they choose to play. But they are loose cannons, and there should be no place in any "game" for guys like that. The price is way too high.
Roy, 2007-06-19 06:30:49

Is it John Mucklers fault that he built a team suited for the "NEW" NHL, and in the final they turned back the clock to 2003?
Biffm1, 2007-06-19 06:05:18

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