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Ferguson maybe fired, but Fletcher not the answer!

This is my first posting after being a fan of the site for a long time!

I know some of you are saying not another leafs post, but it is not really what you might expect! True, I am a leafs fan, and I am happy to see Ferguson has been fired. However, I have been following the recent developments pertaining to MLSE and the Leafs.

I have noticed that a lot of Leafs fans on here are hailing Fletcher as the new king in Leaf Land but I must disagree. Sure he will make some changes as the new interim GM, but is it really goin to help. The leafs are 3rd last in the NHL and by no means are they gonna make the playoffs this year or the next couple unless for some miracle they make a blockbuster trade which gives them a few first rounders.

Whoever they choose as the new GM before next season is going to have to have some credibility in the NHL.

Won't Get Fooled Again

This time, I’ll pass on the koolaid because I’m not buying this for a second. The mystery of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment remains unresolved and not even Sherlock Holmes or Horatio Caine would be able to figure this one out.

Malkin, Thomas, Ribeiro, Niedermayer and Perry join the All-Star game.

These additions come due to the injuries to Crosby, Stastny and Zubov and the pulling out of the game by Brodeur and Zetterberg.

What do you think of the choices?

http://www.nhl.com/nhl

Mr. Fletcher, Passion Please!!

It is so good to hear the news … finally. Although Peddie, Tanenbaum, and the rest of the circus still exist, Mr. Fletcher will have the power required to raise the ship.

Mr. Fletcher, don’t listen to the nimrods trash talking you here in Toronto. These people just need to have their opinions heard to keep their jobs. Listen to the guys at hockeytraderumors.com, they know what is going on.

Olli Jokinen: I DON'T WANT TO BE TRADED!

The past week has been ridiculous if you ask me. After clarifying that Alex Tanguay has not requested a trade nor has he waived his no-trade clause, somehow Olli Jokinen’s name started popping up in trade rumors rampantly.

Patrick Sharp signs 4 year extension.

Sharp inks four-year extension with Hawks, worth US$15.6-million.
The deal will cost the Blackhawks $3.9-million a year under the salary cap.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=227546&hubname=
He has a career high 22 goals and 36 points, with a +11 this season in 46 games and leads the NHL in shorthanded goals with seven. This eclipses his previous highs of 20 goals and 35 points in 80 games, set last season.

What do you think of this signing? And what will it mean for other UFA/RFA players of similar talent?

TSN Reports Ferguson is done today.

TSN is reporting that the Leafs brass had a meeting Monday and there will be an announcement today on who will be the new GM. Here is the Link. I heard a rumor today that it will be Doug MacLean as the new GM. If so, do you think he is the right fit for the Leafs?


Florida Owners Downplay Rumors – Jokinen on the block?

The Palm Beach Post is downplaying any speculation regarding rumors with Olli Jokinen.

Is there a goaltending controversy in Philly?

Last year Paul Holmgren brought in Marty Biron to solidify the goaltending situation and finally establish a clear number one net minder in Philadelphia.

The Future for the Penguins?

Surprise surprise, the Penguins, yet again, do not look to be a big buyer or seller for that matter by the trade deadline. GM Ray Shero is continuing his patient game of trying to build a solid franchise without looking for an expensive quick fix, or doing something that would damage the future of the team making it difficult to re-sign future RFAs.
Dave Molinari wrote a decent article about what the Pens may be looking to do over the next month as the trade deadline quickly approaches:
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08020/850732-61.stm
Dave Molinari believes Penguins GM Ray Shero will pass on trying to acquire Hossa or Mats Sundin, opting instead on tweaking his roster to bring in depth to some key areas. Molinari also looks ahead at impending UFA Penguins like Ty Conklin, Mark Eaton, Adam Hall, Georges Laraque, Ryan Malone, Brooks Orpik, Gary Roberts and Jarkko Ruutu and where they fit into the club’s future.

J.P. Dumont on his way out?

http://www.tennessean.com/

John Glennon reports the Nashville Predators and winger J.P. Dumont hope to reach agreement on a new contract but his rising value could price him out of their market this summer. Dumont is eligible for UFA status in July, and given GM David Poile’s intent to re-sign key RFAs like Martin Erat, Jordin Tootoo, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, there might not be enough left to retain Dumont, who’s earning $2.5 million this season and is on pace for a 60-point season.

Leafs rumors: More teams pursuing Sundin, Fletcher expected to take control

Toronto also may sign Alfredson-like star for 2008-09

From the latest rumors, the Mats Sundin sweepstakes appear to be getting hotter, as there are now a number of teams interested in the Maple Leaf captain.

One Line Team? Are They A Contender?

Danny Heatley is out with a shoulder injury and Daniel Alfredsson is out for a short span with a hip injury. Since Heatley has been out they went 1-4-1 and haven’t scored as much goals.

So are they a one line team? and are they good enough to bring a Cup to Ottawa?