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from Alex Shprintsen at the Globe and Mail,
It is patently obvious the Leafs have had an utterly incompetent collection of scouts during the past 20 years. That must change and quickly, but it’s not that difficult to do. For the $5-million a year the Leafs are paying Kubina, they could hire the best general manager in the business and complement him with the combined scouting staff of the Red Wings, Devils and Avalanche.
This could happen quickly or slowly. Quickly, if the Leafs management were to decide to blow up the current team, getting rid of everyone they could and securing draft picks along with cap space, rebuilding the Penguins’ way by getting high first-round picks for several years. The other — the slow or the very slow — way is to rebuild the team through attrition and gradual smart drafting.
Either way, ultimately, the Leafs’ simplest direct solution is to spend their money to raid the scouting staffs of the most successful teams.
read on to see how the Leafs have drafted compared to othe NHL teams…
I believe most of you have had enough Leafs talk in the last week or so, but Spector covers it today along with some trade and signing talk…
from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,
Fire the coach! Draw and quarter the ##%%&&())$ general manager!
Trade Sundin! Bench McCabe! Andrew Raycroft is Judas reincarnate!
In the words of that great philosopher, Chicken Little, the sky is falling, which goes to prove only one thing: It must be hockey season in Toronto.
from the LA Times,
Ducks General Manager Brian Burke took the time Tuesday morning to address speculation out of Toronto about a job that, at least for the moment, isn’t even open….
“You guys know my view on some members of the media,” Burke said. “Some of the stuff they write is just . . . I’ve said it a million times and it’s true. It can only be ascribed to a drug-induced fantasy.”...
“I can’t say it any more clearly,” he said. “We want to stay in Anaheim. My wife and I want to stay there.”
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from John Buccigross of ESPN,
The network has highlights of every game—every night and every morning; miles of NHL Productions footage, heretofore wasting away on shelves and unseen by the masses; special presentations; and, yes, vintage games shown in their entirety. It’s all a hockey fan needs….
And with the NHL Network showing those vintage games, it gives me the opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do for a while—blog a game from the past.
So, here we go. The game is between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs from Jan. 2, 1971.
from the Windsor Star,
As for Yzerman, Devellano said he has settled nicely into his vice- president’s role and has repeatedly said how much he enjoys apprenticing under Holland. The Wings are also compensating Yzerman handsomely.
Devellano dismissed the threat of a Toronto raid on the Wings’ front office as being more the product of a hyperactive media market.
“Our people are sexy, who wouldn’t want them?” Devellano said “But they all have contracts and I don’t think they want to go anywhere.
“The media in Toronto are dreaming in Technicolor.”
Sun columnist Steve Simmons wrote that a source told him Ferguson tried to fire Maurice, but was “prevented” from doing so.
“There isn’t a shred of truth to that assertion,” Ferguson told TSN. “This is made up, its a complete fabrication.”
So many reports, yes, no, maybe, he said, no he said… Just let it play out, the Leafs will do what they want to do
added 2:26pm, from the Globe and Mail,
Peddie also said reports that he and the MLSE board of directors are talking to potential replacements for Ferguson are incorrect. He also said he has had no conversations with Ferguson about firing Maurice.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
This could be John Ferguson’s last week as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Or possibly his last day.
A bevy of sources confirmed yesterday the Leafs are frantically searching for Ferguson’s replacement—either on an interim or permanent basis—as the team’s downward spiral continues.
It’s not clear which direction the Leafs are headed, but it is clear the climate for change has become desperate in the wake of a dreadful start that has seen the Leafs win just eight of 24 games to date.
added 8:56am, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Either combination – Healy-Messier or Campbell-Yzerman – would completely alter the public perception of the Leaf operation.
This much is clear. This situation isn’t just going to fix itself.
from the National Post via Canada.com,
Reality being what it is, both Ferguson and Maurice are walking a tightrope.
Ferguson has clearly not provided his coach with adequate resources. The Leafs admitted they were looking for an adviser to abet their still-young GM last summer. Momentum towards making a change is growing. And, it’s implausible that the club could hire an accomplished replacement for Ferguson without allowing that man to name his own coach.
Management and coaching changes in mid-stream are not unusual - already, this season, Atlanta, Dallas and Washington have fired employees who were in place to begin the schedule. The Leafs will probably will do the same, barring a dramatic and quick reversal of fortune.
from Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,
Now more than 75 years after its inception on radio, Hockey Night in Canada continues to be a special event.
The Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs played the opening game of the Saturday doubleheader. Across Canada, it is always a must-see event.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Coyotes rookie Craig Weller. “Growing up (in Alberta) as a kid, we didn’t have cable. We only had three channels, but it was always on one of the three.
“It’s definitely a thrill to play and have all of Canada watching. I guess every kid dreams that growing up.”
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