Messier, Yzerman, Francis linked to Leafs GM post: Report

Toronto quietly looking to replace Fergie

There might actually be a reason why the Maple Leafs have yet to sack John Ferguson Jr. They’re looking for a big name replacement.

Bruce Garrioch of the Sun reports that some of the big names being discussed include 3 NHL legends: Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman and Ron Francis.
According to Garrioch, the Leafs do not want to make a move on the GM front unless they can secure a big name. Certainly Messier, Yzerman and Francis qualify as such.

According to the report, executives around the league agree that the Leafs need to have somebody with star power.

The Dallas Stars thought along the same line when they hired Brett Hull as co-GM alongside Les Jackson. This could become a new trend in the NHL.

The article also states that former Leafs goalie Glen Healy, currently an analyst on TSN, has also been mentioned as a top candidate if Ferguson is fired.

Garrioch believes that Francis might make the most sense because he has been working in the Carolina front office.

In my view, hiring a big name might be a wise move. These individuals would likely garner immediate respect from around the league, and there is little doubt that respect from your peers is an important attribute for the GM position. A marquee name is more likely to have that by default.

The downside is that these big names do not have as much executive experience as, say, a Neil Smith or Steve Tambellini. Therefore, there would almost certainly be a learning curve.

But, as with any job, you have to start from somewhere. And if you want success in life, you need to take some risk…as long as it is a calculated risk. In this case, I think the advantages outweigh the drawbacks. Do it!

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