Ferguson would be crazy to re-sign Allison

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

John Ferguson could author his own demise as general manager of the Maple Leafs with one ill-advised free agent signing.

The very thought that Ferguson is even considering bringing the plodding Jason Allison back to the Leafs is astonishing, short-sighted and career threatening.

The only sign of life from the Leafs came after Allison went down with an injury: It was no accident the team began winning and scoring at even strength. It was no accident that the Leafs began playing with speed and enthusiasm.

While Allison's points are enticing in a power-play happy NHL, he is basically a lost cause at even strength and incapable of playing the up-tempo style new coach Paul Maurice keeps talking about.

Bringing Allison back would mean Ferguson's vision is more blurred than we already anticipate. And it would undo the earlier free-agent signings that should make the Leafs more competitive.

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