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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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If the Leafs were smart (insert your own joke here), they would strongly look at David Conte in New Jersey.

For those who don't recognize the name, he's Lou's right hand man and has been in charge of the Devils draft for the past decade or so. Teams like Philly, Detroit and Jersey always pick at the bottom of the first round and still usually end up with the best players 3-4 yeaars down the road.

Oh wait a sec, this is the Leafs, drafting and developing their own talent doesn't make the MLS board those immediate $$$$ that they so love. Forget it, just go and hire a "real winner" like Colin Campbell!
John, 2008-01-25 18:32:54

I think Maggie the monkey ( i think it's maggie) is the most qualified to manage the leafs (leaves...laughs...whatever!).

She'll step right in and won't miss a beat.
rocks, 2008-01-25 17:53:54

How about George O'Leary ???


Lief, 2008-01-25 17:53:13

I'll do it. I'll be honest about it too... I have zero interest in putting a winning hockey team on the ice in Toronto. The fans there don't deserve one anyway. If they're too stupid to boycott the team when they aren't happy with how it's being run, they don't deserve to have a Cup winner.
Dave in NS, 2008-01-25 17:13:25

I said it before and I will say it again. BOWMAN!!!!!! With Quinn as a coach. Sounds like a recipe for success to me!
Vern, 2008-01-25 17:05:40

Colin Campbell..He was a decent player at one time...He's been around the league for a long time.He definitely knows what's out there as far as talent is concerned.Wasn't Burke in the same position as Campbell a few years ago?
Joe Meloche, 2008-01-25 16:44:59

I know --- let's put Steve Simmons, Damian Cox and the entire Fan 590 analysis crew in charge as co-GMs. And after the journalists get fired in six months for putting the team further into the hole than they are already, name Scotty Bowman the replacement and then we can finally win a cup
Ben TO, 2008-01-25 16:17:03

my buddy neil .....he knows alot about hockey and whatever he doesn't know doesn't need to be known!!!!!
jimf, 2008-01-25 15:25:12

not suprised.

things are an absolute mess righ tnow in toronto in almost every aspect of the organization.

why would someone wanna leave living in california to enter this mess?
Leaffan17, 2008-01-25 15:04:35

why do people assume that great players would make great managers. I would think they are the worst. The seldom sat on the bench and observed all play. They can't understand why everyone doesn't play like them. There solutions to shortfalls is get someone better instead of doing the best with what you got. I would think a marginal player would be better. They understand what it takes to develop players since they had to do everything possible to do better rather than it come naturally like stars. They understand the support roles better which most teams are made up of (only one superstar per team) and they observed a lot more of everyone and understand frustration much more. they are generally more adapt to failure and overcoming it than people who have been succesful all their lives and can't understand failure or cope with it as well.

On that note i did like the suggestion of Orr but thats just because I think he is great.
wayne, 2008-01-25 14:59:46

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