Ferguson with some competition?

According to the fan590 wednesday night, Ferguson may have some competition for his GM job. All things seemed to be locked up for the 40 year old GM, but it turns out that that contract offer may have been put on a holt with the firing of John Muckler. Although there is a serious age difference between the two, it is thought that mabye Muckler will be able to provide the Leafs with a little more talent, than what JFJ has put out in the past years. Although only being a rumor, i think it should be strongly considered.

Personally: Ferguson has done nothing for this team that makes him worth keeping over Muckler. Ferguson seems to have no long term plan, and thats fine, but where he lacks is the fact that he has no short term plan either. It seems to me that he’s just taking this job one day at a time. Mabye it’s about time that the Nolan trade, the O’Neil sighning, the Raask trade, the McCabe sighning, the countless Antropov sighnings, the Kubina sighning, and finally the lack of scouting to even attempt to get any kind of superstar via the draft. I’m tired of it, im not sure about you, but “by by Ferguson by”. And let’s invite Muckler in with open arms.

19 Responses to Ferguson with some competition?

  1. the_word says:

    Sigh….  Let get some perspective on JFJ recent moves…

    1) Tucker at 3 million for 4 years, good signing for a player whose is both a pest and a top six forward.

    2) Although I didn't love the Poni and Antropov signings when they happened, after seeing Hartnell sign for 26 million over six years, getting Poni and Antro signed for short terms for a combined 4 million a year is a steal.

    3) Kaberele deal is among the best sigings in the LNH, everyone loves to sing Kaberele's praise but not give JFJ credit for this signing.

    4) Sundin signing for one year, I feel JFJ dropped the ball considering Sundin's option would have paid him 4.1, however this is still a good contract to have Sundin for only one season.

    5) Kubina & McCabe, paid market value, I'll forgive both if he's able to trade one of the two.

    6) Raycorft was a horrible deal, JFJ took a big gamble on this kid and it didn't pay off.  So long as he brings in another goaltender this summer and Rask never wins a Vezina its not that bad of a move.

    7) Peca was a great signing, a freak injuiry isn't JFJ fault.

    Lack of scouting?  JFJ respect for the farm system is what has distinguished him from previous Leaf GMs, so I don't get where this criticism is coming from.

    I'm saying I love JFJ, but I'd take JFJ over Muckler in a heart beat.

    Muckler let his top defenseman walk, overpaid Redden, sign Gerber (a much worse deal than Raycorft) and didn't do enough to get a contender over the hump.

  2. Glucker says:

    WOW. I thikn you're way off…the lack of scouting? wtf? the Leaf's scouting has never been better in since JFJ took over, he is amazing at scouting. and no attempts at getting a superstar? why do you think he refused to trade away steen, or a 1st rounder for a rental player? he is entirely commited to drafting and improving the team through young talent, the team has never had as deep a prospect pool as it has now.

    the Rask trade wasn't entirely JFJ's fault, from what I heard, Rask wasn't a guy who wanted to compete for a starting job, he wanted a straight path to it, unlike Pogge, who is willing to do so. Thats why he was traded. getting Raycroft was a mistake, but moving Rask wasn't.

    Oneill did well until the end of this year, and he didn't have a big contract to begin with, so no big problems there.

    Kubina and McCabe's signings look good now, compared to what other guys are gonna be getting this year(if the trend follows Timonen's deal).

    Get your facts straight, and SIGNING doesnt have god damn h in it!

  3. Glucker says:

    oh and btw… 'countless antropov signings'?
    just outa curiosity,how many times HAS JFJ signed Antropov? Once? Twice? he really hasn't been with the Leafs long enough for more then that… unless you mean to say you cannot count past 1 or 2, which would be consistent with your article…

  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I hate JFJ, but Nolan was a Quinn acquisition.

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Firing Ferguson would be terrible. It's the day before *****ing draft day, and UFA period is next week. You do it right after being eliminated from contention, or during the season who all hope seems lost, not at a time you need direction.

  6. the_word says:

    ah…. I'm not saying I love JFJ, but I'd take JFJ over Muckler in a heart beat.

  7. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Nolan trade, Quinn

    the O'Neil sighning, 20 gaols a season for 1.5 mil, aint bad

    the Raask trade, ok, he *****ed up here

    the McCabe sighning, looking better every day, with the timonen signing

    the countless Antropov sighnings, Antropov is a great asset

    the Kubina sighning, ok, he *****ed up here too

    and finally the lack of scouting to even attempt to get any kind of superstar via the draft. ummm, he's put together a very expensive scounting staff.

    I'm tired of it, im not sure about you, but "by by Ferguson by". And let's invite Muckler in with open arms. Muckler is 73, and ruined the sens youth system

  8. the_word says:

    Oh i forgot, he hired Paul Maurice and got rid of Quinn.

  9. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    McCabe was a terrible signing, but Kubina riddled with injuries, having his worst season ever, was still a solid defenseman. Better than McCabe. $5 million is fine.

  10. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    McCabe scores almost a point per game on the back end. Kubina scored like 18 goals… once… a long time ago…

    Unusual pick for you leafy. Picking the Younger european player over the older Canadian.

  11. shakrmakr says:

    I think this is the best post ever!! You forgot he got rid of the horrible Quinn and brought in a very smart coach in maurice.

  12. dizon says:

    shawg nexgrext … you got owned by glucker and leafy

  13. dizon says:

    oh and cant forget the_word

  14. Glucker says:

    merci beaucoup

  15. Glucker says:

    indeed, he got some of the stuff i didn't, before me 😛

  16. Glucker says:

    but he is right, Kubina is much better then McCabe… remember, getting a point per game as a D man isn't necissarily good… you want a guy who can, well… defend.

    McCabe could once defend and deliver punnishing hip checks… I wanna see that McCabe again

  17. Glucker says:

    you know, i think me and Leafy might be overly mean with these newbs… like the guy who made that article in which we sign smyth sellane forsberg and god knows who else… it was stupid… but we were mean and he didn't even try to respond… and same with nextgrext…. maybe its the same guy with a different name:P… we should give these idiots more chances though XD

  18. mojo19 says:

    Way to go word. I agree 100% Especially about how great Antropov is.

    And to the original article: Nolan was traded for by Quinn.

  19. mojo19 says:

    Well everyone else has already said the things I think. But anyway I'll re-enforce them.

    Antropov is a good player and for the price….come on, you can't beat that.

    And about the scouting. He did bring in Craig Button from Calgary among others. Button was recently one of the leading candidates for the GM position in CBJ before the guy from Edmonton got it. He's a highly respected and knowledgeable hockey person.

    But yes I would have fired him the day he traded Rask for Raycroft, while a cheaper better Legace sat and waited for over a month with no offers. Seems pointless to trade a top prospect for a guy who is replaceable via free agency. So I'll agree there. Hopefully that never happens again. But let's see what he does this offseason.

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