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Toronto Maple Leaf News and Rumors
Richard Peddie has yet to become the villain that JFJ is but I can see it going that way soon. To me Richard Peddie has become the latest version of Harold Ballard. Maybe not to the extent of Ballard but he has done little to help this team.
First off look what he did to the Raptors by appointing HIS man to the post of GM of that team. Rob Bab***** was hands down the worst GM in Raptors short history. Peddie allowed the Raptors to become the joke of the NBA. Also proving he knows nothing on how to run a basketball team.
Second he appoints JFJ as GM of the Leafs. JFJ has done absolutely nothing for this team but burden the Leafs with foolish contracts and trade away the future for nothing that is helping the team now. In the last four years JFJ has dealt away three of the four first round picks in the Leetch, Raycroft, and Toskala deals. Also he has not made a single deal to further the franchise.
Well first off, i understand i will take a lot of heat for writing down my opinion but hopefully many of you see my point. Lets get right to it, Trade Sundin its that simple. Heres the reason in why i believe the Leafs should let, in my opinion the greatest leaf in the history go. This guy for countless years upon years has put his heart and soul on the crease of the Maple Leaf, He’s been a leader since day one, he may not be the most vocal but he leads by example.
I said the best thing for the leafs is some consistency, and now they have that.
Now that the weekend has rolled over, lets look at the entire story.
I’m new and I’m guessing that HockeyBuzz is a bad word around here, but Daniel Tolensky has posted a great column about “Stanley Cup Winning GMs and Some Free Advice for MLSE’s Board of Directors”. I think that he is 100% bang on. I really like the Bob Nicholson (Pres) and Steve Tambellini (GM) combo and totally agree the time to act is now, and not in the new year or the summer. Way too many important decisions to be made to wait.
Honestly I think as hockey fans and in particularly Toronto Maple leaf fans we are not doing enough.
What we should do in my mind is to organize a protest against leafs management and let them hear us clear and loud as we demand changes to current mismanagement.
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.
It kills me to see the leafs in such chaos right now. It kills me to even look at the boxscores when i see the leafs losing to a team like phoenix…. I’m very frustrated right now with the entire organization with their performances at every level: ownership, front office, coaching, players. The leafs entered the season with much optimism with expectations to make the playoffs, but all seems very dim now. I know that the leafs are out of 8th place by a few points and that it is only about 1/4 of the season, I can only hope that the leafs will change things around. Lets look at the levels of the leafs organization and how we can possibly fix it.
Maurice on His Way Out Of Toronto?
My typical Saturday night starts out with me taking the girlfriend out for supper then back home to watch the Leafs play.(lucky her eh?) And now most of the time ends with grief as the losses mount. But I noticed some tidbits that were aired that I wanted to pass on.
I have to admit, Raycroft USED to be a good goaltender (being a former calder trophy winner). But why trade Rask, he is pretty good for a young guy like him! I think that was the dumbest trade JFJ has ever made! Yes, Raycroft was a good goalie in Boston but now he is playing like he doesn’t care. Rask and Pogge were their future in goaltending.
With the Leaf’s season already off to a rocky start but not gone or out of reach by any means I believe now is the time to make a deal, or a shake up deal which will totally change how this team goes out an plays every night. I also believe the leaf’s have a possible trade partner in the SJ Sharks. Who have an already great team, thats way under cap, an would love to improve.
Possible ” Shake up ” deal.To SJ: -Sundin, McCabe, Tor’s 2rdp 2008
To Tor: -Marleau, McLaren.
The latest rumor out of Toronto has former Maple Leafs coach Pat Burns possibly taking over the head coaching duties from Paul Maurice.
According to Rich Chere of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Burns could replace Maurice if the Leafs do not improve their performance over the next little while.
A similar report by Rosie Dimanno appeared this week in the Toronto Star.
I have always said that even if the leafs were losing or being their regular inconsisent selves, i always could look forward to watching some of their young players play and, over the past 2.25 seasons, i have:
Mats Sundin has been one of the best players in the NHL this season. He’s 5th in points, 12th in goals, and 18th in plus minus.
Its clear that this is a guy giving 110% every night…probably because he want to win the cup.
Problem is, he plays on a team satisfied with 50%