Today is the Day
The Toronto Maple Leafs are to announce their GM replacement today.
Catch the big announcement on the NHL Network, and on TSN.ca at 11 pm ET.
Although it is now very likely that John Fergusson Jr. will be the future GM, other possibilities are: Former New York Rangers GM, Neil Smith, now sitting as Vancouver’s director of player development, is considered 2nd in running. Steve Tambellini, Hockey Canada President, Bob Nicholson, are in the running as well.
Neil Smith has good history with the New York Rangers, bringing in names such as Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Esa Tikanen, and Steve Larmer.
Though Neil Smith seems the best runner for the job right now, the expected GM has a history of being an AHL player, scout, agent, a NHL office employee, and senior executive with the St. Louis Blues.
His most recent job was with the St. Louis Blues, in whom he was hired as assistant GM, then promoted to vice-president and director of hockey operations in 2001.