Ferguson to get Extension?

According to Howard Berger of Fan 590, MLSE and JFJ are well into contract extension talks, thanks to the reasonably successful start to the season.I know there are going to be a number of ‘don’t resign the bum’; ‘he’s useless’ type responses to this, but before you mindlessly rant consider the following.

1) When Ferguson signed on, he was strictly a puppet to Quinn and his cronies. A figurehead if you will. Proof of this would be the signings of Leetch, Allison, et al.

2) He hired Paul Mauirce as the Marlies headcoach. This was an obvious move as to who would replace Quinn once his tenure was up.

3) Even though he did sign Allison, Lindros and Khavanov, they were to short term, relatively low dollar deals. They were experiments if you will, and of the three Lindros could be considered successful even though he was injured as often as he was. However, it was not the oft feared concussion.

4) He drafted Rask and Pogge. Two of the hottest goalie prospects that had amazing World Junior Championship apperances.

5) He started making the front office his, but firing and hiring his own scouting staff.

6) Finally was able to make his own moves by firing Quinn and bolstering the blue line.

I will admit that he has made some questionable signgings this off season, by tying up as much of the cap on D as he has, but, this year, these are HIS Leafs and so far they’ve been a better commodity to watch than they have been in a while.

I think, if things continue to be ‘stable’, sign him to a 1 year extension and let him continue to rebuild this team the way he wants to and show what he can do without Quinn whispering in his ear or pulling the strings. You could argue as to when would be the best time to sign the deal, but, I think you wait until December to see how things pan out and allow those that are injured (Kubina, Woz, et al) time to come back and show why they were signed play. This will also allow time for either the replacement to investigate changes if one is brought in well before the trade deadline, or allow JFJ the time to investigete his options for tweaks he feels need to be made.


53 Responses to Ferguson to get Extension?

  1. 92-93 says:

    i think both Peca and Gill are playing hurt actually. its just a hunch on my part. McCabe is regressing – back to the Philly series before the lockout (circa Game 5). he improved a bit last year, got injured and got drained of energy. but now he is simply making dumb decisions like they were a profitable fad. Maurice has to get him to play better, or else I would play Kaberle and Kubina and give them the big minutes (when the latter returns of course) and just use McCabe on the 2nd tier and on the PP (can White and McCabe play together?). steen WAS playing with Sundin for a period. i agree, i think they should do the S.O.S. line from last year and put Poni with Peca and Kilger (maybe put Poni on the right side). Or put Steen with Sundin and Wellwood. I think the leafs need to play Suglobov more than they need Nik. but if Antropov does return i hope he plays with Pohl and Battaglia on the 4th line. i can see that line doing some consistent work and getting the odd goal or two. the problem with antropov is that he is going to be easily injured for the rest of his career. and that is the ONLY reason why i want toronto to trade him.

  2. mojo19 says:

    I know, Nik and Carlo are made of glass. I like the idea of Kubina and Kaberle getting the big minutes and wouldn’t be surprised at all if that happens. Then I would make White and McCabe the 2nd pp unit and put them both on the off sides for 1-timers. Now tell me, why would anyone want to live in Ottawa?

  3. 92-93 says:

    jobs. school for the gf, etc. etc. but its great to be out at the bars and hear just how ridiculous it can be out here. the sens fans are a fickle bunch.

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