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Who should be the next Leafs GM?
Fri, January 25, 2008

Scratch Brian Burke's name from the list of candidates for the general manager's job with the Toronto Maple Leafs - for now, anyway.

At the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday with Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli, who donated a 2007 Stanley Cup ring to the hockey shrine, Burke stated emphatically that he and his wife are happy in California and has no interest in applying for the Leafs' job that Cliff Fletcher was hired to fill on an interim basis upon the firing of John Ferguson on Tuesday.

If Burke is not interested in the job, who would be the top candidate to take over for Cliff Fletcher? Have your say in our forum.

Ducks GM not interested in Leafs



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Scotty Bowman is a great coach, but his GM record is not that good.


gordholio, 2008-04-15 08:32:29

As much as I liked Dougy Gilmour as a player, I think it would be a mistake to make him the GM in Toronto.

They need someone who has been a SUCCESSFUL GM (has already proven themselves).

There's no time to experiment anymore.

Brian Burke has denied rumours of going to Toronto, but of course he's going to do that. He still hasn't signed a new contract with the Ducks, so it's possible that he could come to Toronto.

Dave Nonis just got let go by Vancouver, so he's another possibility (although he hasn't really been a proven success in the same way as Burke).

Burke is a smart guy - he will do what needs to be done. Just because he hasn't been in the situation of rebuilding doesn't mean he can't do it.

I would rather have him than some unknown guy.
gordholio, 2008-04-15 08:31:50

Garth Snow in New York, Brett Hull in Dallas, Doug Gilmour in Toronto?
Russ K, 2008-02-27 23:12:26

Whom ever the Leafs hire as the next GM, the person needs to be a proven team builder who has a strong record in entry draft scouting and player development. I don't think Brian Burke is in that category, because he has never built an excellent team from the bottom up. He worked many years developing Vancouver, and they still don't have a "Cup contending team. Other people developed the Ducks. Burke pretty much inherited that team. If Scotty's got a plan to build through the draft, I would listen to him. He has the brain to pull it off. From the way Fletcher is talking it sounds like he knows what to do, but he may not have the energy left to see the plan through. Who has been building the really good young teams? Pittsburgh, Chicago etc. Actually the job Ferguson did in T.O. may be misleading also. Richard Pettie may have pressured him to win now and build for the future, which is a recipe for disaster in today's NHL.

Doug


Doug, near Ottawa Canada, 2008-02-25 13:16:45

scotty bowman!!!!

scotty bowman!!!!

scotty bowman!!!!
todd shaw, 2008-02-14 10:16:02

Whover the Leafs hire as GM should have these credentials.... Atleast one Stanley Cup Ring. minimum of 10-15 years of NHL GM or Asst GM experience. Minimum of 10 years experience in a managing a scouting team and/or farm team management position. Experience in negotiating contracts, full understanding of the CBA, and ultimatley the will to win.
DM, 2008-02-04 02:40:29

Goober-> Yes, Fletcher is hired for the next 19 months, but the plan is to have a new GM well before that.

Gordon Kirke is on the 3-man panel to choose a new GM.
gordholio, 2008-02-03 13:48:43

Wiarton Willie. That Groundhog is better at forcast than any Hockey GM
Terry Laliberte, 2008-02-02 12:22:17

pete

I know you cant read so I'll say it again. Hamilton isnt an american city.
Jimmy, 2008-02-01 00:18:36

Pete

Thanks for the correction, Sather didn't take over until 2000 or so. That aside, you should know better than to think merely players can win a Cup. The Rangers are a perfect example of that! Oilers dynasty was formed from the ground up. As for the Gretzky trade, anyone from the Edmonton area knows better: the deal happened because Peter Puck had sunk himself with many bad business ventures(ie: Gainers) and needed money. Thats all the trade ever was. Wayne Gretzky for Jimmy Carson? You tell me how Sather could have changed Pucks mind when McNall was offering that kind of money.

I still think Sather could get the job done, at least the big contracts he gives are for players that have actually shown ability. and btw, never call me american again. I was born and raised in Alberta. Just because you disagree with me is NO reason to insult me. Grow up.
Norbit, 2008-01-31 13:39:22

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