Report: Jackets looking at Ferguson

Could John Ferguson Jr. be the next general manager in Columbus?

The former Toronto Maple Leafs GM is being mentioned as a possible successor for Scott Howson, according to a report from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Howson, who is still under contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is expected to be let go at the end of the season. The Blue Jackets already fired head coach Scott Arniel last week.

Ferguson, who was the Maple Leafs’ general manager from 2003-2008, struggled during his tenure in Toronto. His teams did not make a playoff appearance after the lockout in 2005.Some of his notable moves included signing Jason Blake, Pavel Kubina to long-term contracts and separate trades for goalies Andrew Raycroft and Vesa Toskala. Ferguson gave out several questionable contracts, including no-trade clauses and dealt away top goalie prospect Tuukka Rask in the deal for Raycroft.

6 Responses to Report: Jackets looking at Ferguson

  1. hockey_lover says:


    If the Jackets think they are in trouble now, its only gonna get worse with this dipshit at the helm.

  2. reinjosh says:

    I actually disagree. Believe me when I say this isn't some Leaf bias coming out. I really did not like the guy here and the day he was fired was a good, good day in Toronto.

    However, Columbus might be the perfect situation for him. The biggest thing he struggled with was the pressure of a big market. Columbus won't have that for him and it should provide him with good opportunity to redeem himself. 
    Plus his biggest strength (and the reason he's still employed in the NHL) is his drafting. The guy is surprisingly good at it, and that is something Columbus sort of kind of desperately needs. 
    I don't think it would be the worst thing it the world. To be honest, he's probably a better option than Howson and at this point any upgrade on Howson is a big plus. 
    But there certainly has to be better options than JFJ. 
  3. dumbassdoorman says:

    Listen here there is no reason to JFJ a dipshit…….that is giving him too much credit lol. Though I do agree with josh, sort of. He might be better off in say an Asst GM role where he has more input but not total control. he is not a good trader regardless of big city pressure or not. He is also a weak contract negotiator to say it nicely.

  4. reinjosh says:

    While past history might suggest he isn't a great trading GM, I might contest the point saying that may have been more a product of the pressure that was being placed on him by management, media and the fans. He wasn't allowed to take his time, make his moves and play to his strengths.

    By no means does that free him from past moves but its more than possible the upper management caused him to make those bad trades. Granted being placed in Columbus might not be all that much better. The pressure from upper management might be just as high. 
  5. dumbassdoorman says:

    I understand what you are saying, I guess that is why when Fletcher was told to reaquire Wendel from the Isles that he always referred to it as the Schneider trade…as he was forced by ownership to overpay. I am still not convinced he is a good trader though, both goalie deals tell me that.

  6. MystifoLeafs says:

    Honestly JFJ can give this team a dire boost in drafting. I would be interested to see what he would do. Who knows maybe he can redeem himself and prove why he got the job in Toronto. 

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