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Should the Leafs get rid of Ferguson?
Sun, November 18, 2007

NHL executives have been playing their own game of gossip -- some of it more than gossip -- wondering amongst themselves who will be the next general manager and next coach of the Leafs.

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Ferguson's days in Toronto are numbered



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With all due respect to JFJ he is a sympton of a larger disease. This organization does not need to win to earn a profit. They can do whatever they want, including hiring inexperienced GM's, unsuccessful coaches, and rewarding average players with insane contracts. You need to cut off the head of the snake. Rebuild from the top down.
Mark G, 2007-11-18 20:07:57

With all due respect to Simmons, and the move to dump JFJ, just consider this: is the Ontario Teacher's Union willing to pay both a canned GM and a new one? I don't think so. He's there for the duration.

Besides, whoever took over would still be stuck with the same contracts until THEY expire because no one else is going to take them on! So really, what's the point?
George O'Leary, 2007-11-18 17:21:32

Most definitely! He may be a great guy personally, but he lacks the experience necessary to be a GM. While they're at it, the Leafs should look seriously at replacing Maurice. I got the impression in some recent games that the Leafs were playing to lose!

AND, while they're at it get rid of McCabe also. He plays one great game then four or five stinkers. Just look at his plus/minus stats!Add Kubina to that list too!!
Bill Mitchell, 2007-11-18 16:53:23

I would like to see the Leafs get rid of JFJ they need someone like Burke in Anahaeim who will step in and run the team in a way that inspires confidence throught the team. Every move good or bad JFJ makes seems to be the best of the worst deals possible I think someone needs to step in clean house and create a new direction towards winnning long term. No team has ever one without having true blue chip prospects in there system especially not in the salery cap era. The leafs need to step up bite the bullet and make the choice that should have been made 2 years ago.
Chris, 2007-11-18 15:53:47

Yes it is time for major change. Give me something to look forward to in the future, and i don't want to fearful of further long-term contracts or terrible trades. I'm tired of watching average players doing their best. I'm from Victoria BC a loyal leaf fan for 50 years even during the ballard days I lived threw it all. I rarely watch the canucks here only the leafs. Toronto has an apprentice GM and a terrible coach. He puts players on the ice because of their high salary not for their reliability. You don't put McCabe on late in the game, Look at the Montreal Game. Very fustrated but I still watch every game as a very loyal leaf fan. Change them both. Thank you
Danny Henry, 2007-11-18 15:22:57

No don't change anything. I get just as much enjoyment watching the leafs flounder as I do watching my beloved habs win. Go Habs Go.
chuck, 2007-11-18 14:11:28

JFJ is incompetant, so I hope they keep him!!!
vinnie, 2007-11-18 13:46:57

Let him go.I am loosing my respect for the team and the orginization. They need to put somone there that can make deals and bring young players to the team. Not the worn out old players that have been traded to many other teams and back to the leafs because they are keeping the cost down. Put the money into good young hockey plsyers and give us something to be proud of again.
Labradorian, 2007-11-18 13:27:27

He definitely needs to be sacked. His track record is lousy, and he clearly does not have the ability to put together a competitive team.

When you look around the league, you'll see that many GM's have been sacked for far less.

The Leafs need to make winning a priority, and the only way to do so is a complete overhaul of the management side of the organization. They need to bring in the winning mentality that the Yankees have (minus the crazy spending).

Putting in a rookie GM was a bad risk, and it did not pay off. Compare this with what happened with the Raptors last year when they had a very qualified GM.

The new GM will need vision, and should not be afraid to make ANY player changes necessary, no matter what the fans or media think.

JF's lack of experience made him bow to public pressure way too much, and this is why he made some horrible signings.

I'm willing to suffer through some transitional years, so long as there is a long term plan in the works.
sam, 2007-11-18 12:46:13

Why on earth would you want to get rid of him? The guy is a hockey genius. With a dominating win over Ottawa the Leafs have shown everyone that they are the class of the league. I hear they are already engraving Toskala's name on the Vezina trophy. McCabe almost single-handedly shutdown the Sens which puts him right back in the hunt for the Norris trophy. And who could forget Mats, The Greatest One. His inspired leadership should make him a shoo-in for the Hart. Tlusty is a strong Calder candidate. Years from now, we'll be looking back on this team as the dynasty that Ferguson built. See y'all at the parade in June!
JFJr Rules!, 2007-11-18 12:26:04

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