Will Doug MacLean become the Leafs new full-time GM?

Hey guys,

TheFourthPeriod.com is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs are thinking about hiring former Columbus Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean as their new full-time GM.

What do you think about this?


21 Responses to Will Doug MacLean become the Leafs new full-time GM?

  1. leafy says:

    McLean would be one of the good choices for sure.

  2. BruMagnus says:

    I'm not really complaining as you guys are hardcore fans, but why is every 2nd or 3rd article Leafs related?
    I just wonder when I see 24-31 submissions in the waiting if 90% of them are Leafs, and they post all the non-Leafs articles and then whichever Leafs articles are the least poorly written.

    Any thoughts?

  3. BruMagnus says:

    I'm telling you for the last time:


  4. RealisticLeaf says:

    This would be a step sideways. MacLean is not that much better as he did little in Columbus.

    Wait till the summer and see who might shake down.

    There are far better available then MacLean.

  5. BruMagnus says:

    … and before you say, "then don't read them", which, if you've noticed, I haven't been, let me interject and preempt your predictable question by saying:
    I hate it when so many Leafs articles, especially ones that are virtually the same, appear day after day, PUSHING other interesting articles, like Ovechkin's contract, out of the way. It's becoming so that a newly submitted article is only on here for 1-2 days before being relegated to the sidebar which no one reads, or the Archives…

  6. wendelclark says:

    Doug Maclean and Mike Milbury are 2 of the worst general mangers, JFJ is a genius compared to them.

    Under MacLean's management, the Jackets compiled the worst record in the league over six seasons, never coming within 19 points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    Under MacLean's management, the Blue Jackets have had four coaches.

    Traded D Francois Beauchemin and RW Tyler Wright to Anaheim for C Sergei Fedorov and a fifth-round draft pick in 2006.
    Fedorov, 37, made $6.08 million. The Ducks couldn't believe they found somebody to take Fedorov.

  7. leafy says:

    I like Neil Smith and Colin Campbell.

  8. BrianColangeloNHLGM says:

    Is that a plan of attack from the inside idea… There is only one GM in the N that would have put the leafs in a worse position would have been Milbury

  9. GolfLeafsGolfHa says:

    I can't decide whos worse, Doug MacLean or JFJ?

  10. habsrock99 says:

    I would honestly take JFJ over Doug MacLean any day of the week. Doug MacLean is a step above Mike Milbury but JFJ's at least 2 steps above MacLean. MacLean would seriously ruin this franchise. He's worse then JFJ when it comes to trades and in all honesty, he's horrible at building franchises, which is something the Leafs need to do.

    The way they're going about finding this new "interim GM" is completely rediculous. It only fuels the argument fire even more that MLSE doesn't know what it's doing. I seriously do not know why anyone would join the Leafs management with such a pathetic group of people running things. Come on, if Scotty Bowman asks for full control of the team, you f***ing give him full control of the team. You don't say "Oh, well we'll stick with what we got".

    I may hate the Leafs but I seriously feel sorry for the Leaf fans because this is just pathetic the way MLSE is ruining such a historic franchise. I hope, for the sake of hockey, that MLSE sells the Leafs.

  11. jpmac says:

    Maclean has a stanley cup finals apperance on his resume, and also has built this Columbus team that is now competeing.  If you want to start comparing bad deals with JFJ, I am sorry but you will lose

  12. CofRED says:

    Doug Wilson wouldn't be a good choice. His record with Columbus shows that he's not capable of building a contending team in today's NHL. Sure, he did impressive things as far as growing the sport in a non-hockey market is concerned, but I get the feeling that the city of Toronto might not have that issue.

    I don't think people should be so quick to dismiss Mike Milbury. Yes, he's an idiot, there's no denying that. But hear me out. If Milbury can learn from his past mistakes, he could actually get the job done. Think about it: Here's a guy who has no problem cleaning house and starting over. He has a phenominal draft record (yes, he foolishly traded a lot of those guys away, but he drafted them none-the-less). Truthfully, given the reigns for 3 or 4 drafts, with some decent scouting, he could really build some depth in an organization that has been lacking it for years. All that he needs to understand is that he can't go trading away these prospects because they weren't ready to play as 18 year olds. If he's matured at all in that way, he could do a better job than a lot of people would expect.

    Or he could find a way to make things worse. Who knows.

  13. GolfLeafsGolfHa says:

    Doug Wilson would be a better choice then Mike Milbury, unless you meant Doug MacLean…

  14. CofRED says:

    Nope, I meant Milbury.  His stellar record at the draft alone makes him a better choice than MacLean, even if Milbury went and stupidly traded most of his best draft picks away anyways.

  15. Pronger44 says:

    "Doug Wilson wouldn't be a good choice. His record with Columbus shows that he's not capable of building a contending team in today's NHL. Sure, he did impressive things as far as growing the sport in a non-hockey market is concerned, but I get the feeling that the city of Toronto might not have that issue."

    I said Doug Wilson would be good to bring in, over Milbury or MacLean, you made the mistake….

  16. Pronger44 says:

    Doug Wilson would help no problemo

  17. mojo19 says:

    Really? The same MacLean who got the expansion Jackets. Then was unable to get them out of the basement for years, until he was ultimately fired? Columbus was bad and never got a little better, never. Until MacLean was replaced I guess.

    Although he's not all bad. I dont like the Beauchemin, Wright and 5th rounder for Fedorov, but it wasn't that bad. They wen't .500 the remainder of that season with Fedorov, but still.

    And I definitely liked the Denis for Modin trade.

    Carter – bad signing

    Playing hardball with Zherdev – good!

  18. CofRED says:

    My Mistake….I meant MacLean, not Wilson…not sure what caused me to put that.  Sorry for any confusion.

  19. BruMagnus says:

    You truly are an idiot that knows nothing about hockey!

  20. leafy says:

    That seems to be the consensus reading the other comments as well.  I guess MacLean really screwed things up in Columbus.

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