PTS with BOB and JFJ

Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown

Featuring: Toronto Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr.

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Time: 5:00 P.M. EST

In an outspoken conversation between Bob McCown, and Darryl Brunt, there were endless questions asked about not only the management of MLSE (Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment) but the players as well. In a recent article in the Toronto Star, written by Pierre Lebrun, he explains the situation:

“Sundin isn’t the only player looking for a new deal. Winger Alexei Ponikarovsky will be a restricted free agent this summer while Nik Antropov, Bates Battaglia, Boyd Devereaux, Travis Green, Jeff O’Neill, Michael Peca and Yanic Perreault are unrestricted free agents. They won’t all be back.Forwards signed for next season are Matt Stajan, Alex Steen, John Pohl, Darcy Tucker, Kyle Wellwood, Kris Newbury and Chad Kilger.On defence, McCabe, Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina, Hal Gill, Wade Belak and Andy Wozniewski are all under contract while Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo are restricted free agents.

In goal, Raycroft will enter the second season of a three-year deal while backup J.S. Aubin is unrestricted.”

In a recent poll by the Toronto Star, over 70% of the voters announced their arrangements for a new Maple Leafs GM to start the upcoming season. Bob took a different approach on the question. “Here’s my question. If you were the chairman of the board and you faced the question of whether or not you would keep John Ferguson around for another season, how would you respond?” John quickly jumped at the occasion stating “I would definitely keep him around for another season. I have to say I have grown as a much better manager from when I first began. We stated at the beginning of the year that we were going to struggle to make the playoffs and at the end of the year, we did just that. You also have to remember that our biggest problem was our injuries. We suffered the most man lost games in the entire league this year, and our power-play really died out after Tucker and Wellwood got injured for 35 plus games.”

Soon, Darryl and Bob got down to business. “When looking at this year, and thinking ahead to next year, is there going to be a big change in this team? Are we looking at 1 to 2 players leaving, or more along the lines of 6 to 8?” John, once again, quickly commented, replying with “More along the latter (6-8). We will be addressing our needs through trades, and free agency. I believe we got a good look at how strong our youth are, who we have nurtured and developed through our system, and they will carry us into next season.” But once the comment was made, Darryl stepped up. “When you’re burdened by larger contracts, and the salary cap only expected to rise around 2 million next season, how do you intend on addressing your needs without the money? Won’t it be difficult to trade away the excess salaries?” John did not hesitate. “We’ll see about that. We have a plan on retooling, and we will strive towards the gate for next season.” After their brief thank you, John made his final statement. “I plan on being here for a long time. And as a group, we will work towards the future and success of our franchise.”


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6 Responses to PTS with BOB and JFJ

  1. Glucker says:

    holy shit… JFJ… with balls?… something doesnt fit…

  2. Hoondog2 says:

    I like what i'm hearing, it sounds like he is admitting some of the mistakes he has made and plans on correcting them.  I've noticed his biggest problem has been dealing with the bigger name free-agents, but when he has a player signed before July 1st he manages to put together decent deals.  It seems like he maybe under estimated some of our youth and over estimated the experience of the bigger name F.A..

    Despite what people think, JFJ is not a stupid man, and i for one would be interested to see what he can do with at least one more year.

  3. Steve362 says:

    Please….. Trade Kubina and stajan…. to EDM.. for lupul and torres….

    Edm get a puck moving d-man and a powerplay quaterback, along with a young player with some potential.. sorry matt. i like you but in your class which includes steen and wellwood, you are the only player of the three who has yet to impress me.

    Toronto gets a goal scorer in lupul and a character guy in torres who is not afraid to get into those corners and dig out the puck.. and also tends to drop the gloves on occasion. i think this trade makes perfect sense because all four players in the trade need a change of scenary.

    Tucker-Wellwood -Torres



  4. lukeleim says:

    where is ssteen?

    Ponikarovsky – Sundin – Antropov
    Kilger – Wellwood – Tucker
    Torres – Steen – Lupul
    Battaglia – Pohl – Devereaux

    Kaberle – Wozniewski
    Colaiacovo – McCabe
    Gill – White


    this team wouldnt make the playoffs by the way… Perreault isn't signing back

  5. Aetherial says:


    Edmonton won't do that deal with Kubina's contract.

  6. Steve362 says:

    yea sorry i forgot steen, just switch yanic for steen and id have that team

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