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Report- JFJ On His Way Out

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from TSN,

John Ferguson Jr.‘s tenure as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks as though it is coming to an end.

Sources tell TSN the Maple Leafs board of directors met on Monday and decided to make a change. A formal announcement is expected today.

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added 10:05am, via Sportsnet,

Despite reports Tuesday suggesting John Ferguson’s tenure is finished with the Maple Leafs, CEO Richard Peddie said “I have not fired John,” when contacted by Sportsnet.ca.

update 11:23am, via TSN,

TSN has learned that the Toronto Maple Leafs have fired General Manager John Ferguson Jr. The team informed Ferguson of his fate earlier this morning.

added 11:44am, The Toronto Maple Leafs have scheduled a news conference for 1:00pm ET today.

added 11:51am, from Sportsnet,

The Maple Leafs have replaced general manager John Ferguson Jr. with former GM Cliff Fletcher.

The Maple Leafs will announce the changes at an afternoon press conference Tuesday.

Sources tell Sportnset that Fletcher will hold an interim GM position for at least six months before moving up to an executive role for the next two years.

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added 11:57am
, CBC reporting news conference is at 2:30pm ET., so who knows now what time it really is.

added 12:01pm, Read the press release from the Leafs.

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“Color” Man

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Watching Redmond, known for colorful “Mickeyisms”—pearls of wisdom such as “Bingo Bango!” and “Like a lumberjack fighting for the last pork chop!”—at a game in the cramped FSN booth, high above the ice at Joe Louis Arena, is priceless.

Just as the game came easily to Redmond—he had back-to-back 50-goal seasons in 1972-73 and 1973-74 for the Wings—it comes just as effortlessly for him at the microphone, where he has worked as a broadcaster since 1979….

Daniels is already in the booth, making sure the equipment is working, when we arrive. I try to keep clear of monitors and wires. Redmond takes off his dark blue sports jacket and loosens his tie. Game on.

Redmond doesn’t sit during a game—he leans on the bench, one eye on a small TV screen to his left and the other on the game. Daniels prefers the stool. They work together like frequent linemates Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

“I always feel confident with Mick in the booth,” Daniels says. “He’s great to play off. I can throw him anything and he’ll play off it.”

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Brassard Joins The Top Line

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets hoped it wouldn’t come to this; not so soon, anyway.

But tonight, when the Blue Jackets play the Dallas Stars in American Airlines Center, rookie center Derick Brassard will join the No. 1 line with wingers Rick Nash and Fredrik Modin….

Hitchcock, perhaps more than anybody else in the organization, is reluctant to put Brassard too high in the lineup.

It’s not so much the opposing centers Brassard will face—tonight, for instance, he will get to know Stars center Mike Modano—but the big, burly defensemen, who dine on young, smallish, inexperienced players such as Brassard.

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The “Road Runner”

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from the London Free Press,

“I had the old gang and then I had the new gang,” Cournoyer, 64, said over lunch yesterday as the stars gathered before last night’s 52nd annual Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction at the London Convention Centre.

The old gang, Cournoyer said, included Henri Richard, Jean Beliveau, Claude Provost, Gump Worsley, Jacques Lapierre, Ralph Backstrom and John Ferguson….

The newbies included the likes of Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, Ken Dryden, Mario Tremblay and Doug Risebrough.

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Take ten minutes out of your day to watch a Legends of Hockey video on Cournoyer…

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Morning Line

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via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“One thing I told them … I don’t want to read in the paper tomorrow that you don’t have confidence,” Murray said. “You’re in the National Hockey League and you’re a part of the St. Louis Blues. You know how to play well. We need you to play well.

“If you don’t have confidence, which I don’t think that’s a word … it’s just an excuse word … if that’s how you feel, then come and tell me before the game because then I won’t play you. I put players on the ice in games that I believe in. I believe that our goalie is going to be good, I believe we’re going to be good on the power play. I believe in every single player that we put on the ice.

“Don’t give me an excuse word.”

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Career Year For Hagman

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from the Star-Telegram,

Nobody thought the Stars’ left wing would maintain that 82-goal pace—some reporters put it out there for fun—but it raised the possibility of a breakthrough season.

That possibility became reality Sunday when the 28-year-old scored his career-high 18th goal—and that’s with 31 regular-season games remaining. Last season, he set a career high with 17 goals. He scored two goals in the 5-2 victory over Anaheim, one short-handed and one into an empty net.

His continuing improvement shows how well the Stars made out when they acquired him from Florida in December 2005 for a seventh-round pick.

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Ferguson Failed

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

How did it all end up going so wrong for John Ferguson Jr.?

It is a question he himself must address with some honesty and some distance if he hopes to work again as a National Hockey League general manager.

Ferguson’s run—five-years, one lockout and parts of four seasons—was long enough for him to have every opportunity to succeed with the Maple Leafs. But he stumbled in his introductory press conference and that foreshadowed the hockey seasons that would follow.

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added 7:02am, from Howard Berger of Fan590,

And, though almost all of the momentum is on the side of Fletcher returning, the deal must clear some important hurdles. They include:

*A monetary provision that will allow Fletcher to virtually off-set the $300,000 salary he is still earning, this season and next, from the Phoenix Coyotes.

*A deal without the so-called ”interim” tag. Though every person hired by a hockey team is essentially on an interim arrangement, it is believed Fletcher has little enthusiasm for a short-term fix. He is looking to assume a presidential-type role, with full authority to hire the next general manager of the Maple Leafs.

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Mind Games

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from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the Altanta Journal-Constitution,

Tonight in New York, the Thrashers face a HUGE test as they face the BEST TEAM IN THE NHL.

Uh-huh, that’s right…that’s what I said. The New York Rangers…tonight…are the BEST team the league has to offer! They are hot! They are fast! They score goals by the dozen and don’t even get me started on just how tough their defense is to get through.

Detroit? Chumps in comparison to these Broadway Bullies!

Ottawa? Weak and pathetic are they in light of the Blue Shirts!

The NHL standings show them at 22-21-6 overall and 2-6-2 in their last ten.

THAT’S A %$#@& LIE!!!

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Renney Trusts His Team

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from the NY Post,

Last year the Blueshirts made a trade to shake things up, acquiring Sean Avery Sean Avery on Feb. 5 from the Kings, a move that sparked them to a 17-6-6 record down the stretch. Despite the positive impact a move at this point in the season had a year ago, coach Tom Renney would prefer to see no one moved off his roster this year.

“You don’t want to break up the guys you’ve committed to all year,” Renney said. “You’re asking for blood and guts from guys, and deep commitment and all that kind of stuff, and you’re offering that up yourself every day as best you can. . . . You want to do it with the group you brought to the dance, so if we didn’t move a single person, I won’t have a problem with that whatsoever.

“I believe this team can win.”

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AO Vs. Geno

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from The Good, The Bad, And The Duthie,

From the opening face-off, it looked like a couple of guys trying to show-off to win the same girl (Natalia maybe?) They were ridiculously dangerous on almost every shift. They went after each other, with Ovechkin trying to flatten Malkin in the Danger Zone (ask Dean McAmmond where that is), and then almost scrapping moments later. It was Anything You Can Do…translated in Russian.

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Watch the attempted hit by Ovechkin on Malkin…

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