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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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Well one thing is for certain. Whoever does become the GM is going to be faced with the same dilemma being experienced by the other 29 teams, and this is, how to avoid becoming the Tampa Bay Lightning!

In essence, that's a team with the greater portion of their cap tied up in four players, a situation where your top stars get the big bucks and you're left with trying to fill out a roster with what's left. In the CBA they made a mistake by stipulating that no player could get more than 20% of whatever cap is established. As things are turning out it should have been 10% and the owners should have stuck to their guns on that.

Even if, for example, the Leafs manage to clear the decks of those bloated salaries (bloated in the sense that they are being paid to the wrong people), at some point they too will have around 4 players making top dollar as these guys (whoever they may be) reach UFA status. Then, like the other 29 teams, the GM will need to find 16 guys named Joe willing to work for considerably less, AND, if any of them - most of whom will not be signed to long-term contracts at minimum salaries (unless they're idiots) - have breakout seasons they too will soon be seeking the big bucks as they become UFAs.

All teams are fast approaching a saturation point, which is why it is extremely unlikely Fletcher (or whomever) will ever be able to unload Blake, McCabe, Kubina, Gill, Raycroft, and Tucker, since no GM will wish to take on the extended periods of their existing contracts at the salaries they're making. All that will do is give them the same ineffective player at a salary better spent on upcoming UFAs with some considerable upside.
George O'Leary, 2008-01-31 13:33:14

Norbit, I'm starting to think you know less about hockey than Jimmy the American Idiot. Sather was not the GM of the Rangers when they one the Stanley Cup, Neil Smith was the GM. As for the Edmonton Dynasty, with that team you could have had a fire hydrant as the coach/GM and they would have one cups. You should ask yourself with the talent they had, why did they not win more than they did? Was it coaching decsions perhaps? Could Sather have talked Pocklington out of trading Gretzky. Rumor is, he could have. Anyway get your facts straigt, are you sure Norbit is not a Nom de Pen for Jimmy the American Idiot?
Pete, 2008-01-31 10:16:10

Pete

He guided one franchise to a dynasty and another to their first Cup in fifty years. Granted, he did it with much the same cast, but Slats is exactly the kind of tough customer they need to clean house. But, he likely wouldn't want the job anyways, I mean, who would?
Norbit, 2008-01-30 20:01:29

Norbit,

Slather the same guy who has taken the endless money in New York, traded all the prospects for UFAs and has nothing to show for it but a ninth place team. Sounds just like JFJ.
Pete, 2008-01-30 14:49:31

Knowing how the Leafs operate the next GM hired will likely be this guy who recently became available, John Ferguson Junior.
Pete, 2008-01-30 14:45:51

if you could lure him out of New York, Slats. He's got the stones to clean house and kick some tail. but only if he had autonomy. heck, that goes for any GM they hire.
Norbit, 2008-01-29 21:41:14

Next GM ? well it seems to goober that Cliff fletcher will be calling the shots for the next 19 months. I dunno but he could do a lot of good....or a lot of damage in that period of time.

So unless they hire a permanent GM soon, it seems like a rather lame question at this time.

And that's the bottomline because Goober says so.
Goober, 2008-01-28 18:31:47

After the way that MLSEL treated JFJr the past few months, why would anyone want it?

Just because they are the Leafs? Not good enough.

The chance to build a winning team? Not the goal of the franchise.

To appease the Leafs Nation? Get real...Leafs Nation is still buying the merchandise, why change....

To restore the "pride"? There hasn't been any since Harold Ballard took over.

Sorry to say this to all my fellow Leaf fans...until there is a total sweep of everyone above the coach, things will never change.
Voice of Reason, 2008-01-28 15:05:50

Yes, that question does sound interesting.
moderator, 2008-01-28 14:04:07

this is not a comment about this topic but i am hearing a lot of flack on the sports shows about the mvp of the allstar game.. could you put out a question was eric staal the right choice for the mvp..there would be some interesting comments..
parney, 2008-01-28 13:44:38

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