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by Paul on 01/11/07 at 11:27 AM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Ferguson’s plan for the Maple Leafs this season was rather elementary: Be better in goal, cut down on the goals against, be more effective on the penalty kill. “We don’t have to score more,” the fledgling general manager said, “we have to give up fewer goals.”
Ferguson’s blueprint, while interrupted but not disguised by the steady onslaught of injuries, has never come to be. The team he envisioned, the team he intended to build, is not this team. The plan he had has been exposed as inefficient.
Go back to the off-season and remember: At the June draft, Ferguson traded for Raycroft. When free agency hit a few days later, Ferguson spent almost $10 million US a season for Kubina, Hal Gill and Michael Peca.
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