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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
The Leafs could even do worse than consider former NHL Players Association head Bob Goodenow, who would probably make an excellent GM. He knows the ins and outs of the collective bargaining agreement, having helped write it. He’s a Harvard-educated lawyer and he understands hockey. He has successfully run a billion-dollar organization and spent a good portion of his life in Toronto.
more suggestions for the Leafs…
from the CP,
Cliff Fletcher was busy returning phone calls Tuesday.
Friends, family and media filled up his voice mail after a report Monday night said the Toronto Maple Leafs had contacted him about taking over the team as an interim GM for the remainder of the season.
“I have no comment whatsoever on it,” Fletcher told The Canadian Press from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. “They have a management team in place. It would be inappropriate for me to say anything.
“Although I can tell you that (wife) Linda and I tomorrow morning are on our way to Mexico for a week. We’re on the plane to Cancun for sure.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...this is one time when the obvious choice for someone to run the ship is also the right one — Scotty Bowman, who briefly flirted with the Leafs in August, but Monday retreated from remarks he made on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday and reiterated that his commitment is to the Detroit Red Wings, where he is a senior consultant.
To think that Bowman would jump ship in midseason was a mostly irrational hope anyway. The time to woo him again is this summer, after the current season ends and the business of hockey takes centre stage.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN,
The beleaguered Toronto Maple Leafs are taking steps to try to replace general manager John Ferguson Jr.
Sources tell TSN that the Leafs have contacted a number of hockey management types to gauge their interest in the job, which is currently held by Ferguson, and, in fact, have asked former Leaf GM Cliff Fletcher if he is interested in taking over as interim GM of the NHL club.
Cliff Fletcher could not be reached for comment. Fletcher remains under contract to the Phoenix Coyotes even though he is no longer working for the organization.
*hat tip to Puckhound61 for linking to this in the forums
via Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Finally, a note to fans of the Lightning, Leafs, and Kings: It. Is. Over.
Miracles are never completely out of the question, but thanks to the NHL’s unbalanced schedule, there is virtually no possibility whatsoever Tampa Bay, Toronto or Los Angeles can leapfrog the five or six teams in front of them to secure a playoff berth. Let the firings and/or fire sales begin.
I could probably update KK every five minutes with Leafs talk, but instead of becomming a Leafs “heavy” site, I started a thread in the KK Forum for Toronto talk.
Feel free to add to it if you find something that may be of interest to KK readers.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Perhaps, MLSE steals a page from the Dallas Stars playbook and swaps experience for celebrity?
With no obvious candidate available or interested at the moment, primarily because of the current structure of the hockey department, why wouldn’t the Leafs look within?
With guidance from an experienced man like Maple Leafs assistant general manager and director of player personnel, Mike Penny, former Leafs captain Doug Gilmour might be able to bridge the gap.
Gilmour would instantly grab headlines and similar to Brett Hull’s appointment in Dallas, Gilmour might be able to provide a short term public relations spin.
My personal, gut feeling, Scotty Bowman will end up in Toronto, even though all published reports do not indicate that.
added 11:43am, from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
What is even more embarrassing for this Original Six franchise is, even in the face of this free fall, ownership is so paralyzed by its constant infighting and lack of direction that it appears powerless to react.
When players pull the chute and lose 11 of 13, as the Leafs have done at a crucial juncture of the season, a normal team’s owner will come down from his/her perch and fire either the GM or coach or both, or mandate a dramatic change in player personnel.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So this week the MLSE board must do one of two things: Give Ferguson a contract extension and thus a meaningful vote of confidence and the freedom to do what he believes needs to be done, or fire Ferguson, and give a new person – Bowman, Smith, Healy, Campbell, whoever – enough time to evaluate the roster and organization and then canvass the entire league for transactions that might improve the club’s standing next season.
The silly chatter about the Leafs still being in the fight for a playoff berth has finally been exploded, although smart hockey people understood that reality two weeks to a month ago.
So we’re talking about next season now. Period. No more there’s-a-lot-of-hockey-still-to-be-played nonsense, okay?
And therefore we’re talking about something being done. This week.
from the Toronto Sun,
Turning the Maple Leafs into Stanley Cup winners would take all of Scott Bowman’s Hall of Fame acumen.
But the 74-year-old is not dismissing the chance that something can still be worked out after preliminary talks to bring him aboard as a senior advisor to John Ferguson last summer failed to click….
Asked by MacLean if he’d revisit a Toronto offer one day, Bowman basically said he would be willing to discuss it. It would be hard to leave the Red Wings, but he would cross that bridge if he came to it.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
With his job on the line, possibly as early as tonight’s game in San Jose, Maurice refuted talk the team has quit on him. Midway through his second season with the Leafs, he has another year on his contract.
“We still have dominant men in that room who are competing,” a tense-looking Maurice said after the last-place Kings toyed with the Leafs 5-2 the night before, the club’s 10th loss in the past 12 games. “You always have to have that fight in you and when you don’t, that’s when it’s done.”
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