The Joke Of The League…

JFJ’s Dream

Ok, so I have been trying to resist writing about them since I started this whole thing, but I don’t think that is possible anymore. Here goes my thoughts on my favourite team… the Leafs.

At this point I don’t quite know what to say about them. I know they aren’t a good team by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time, they shouldn’t be as bad as they are, yet here we are. Let’s look at the main issues that are being talked about the Leafs lately.

John Ferguson

I’ve never been a fan of him, while I must admit that I was one of those that thought that Quinn had to be let go. Since JFJ has taken over, the Leafs have drafted one, ONE, player in the first round of the draft. I remember a time when John said that he was going to put more money into scouting, so that the team could draft solidly, however, you could spend all the money in the world, if you don’t have any draft picks, it won’t make a difference.

I do think it is time for JFJ to be fired, it should have been done at the beginning of this season, it should have been done when he re-signed the entire team that missed play-offs last season. But realistically, even if the board was to fire JFJ, and bring in someone else, (whether it be on an interim basis, like Cliff Fletcher or not) would that person have enough time to evaluate the team and make positive changes before or at the trade deadline. Speaking of which…

Trade Deadline

It breaks my heart to say it, but Mats has to be traded. I realize that he says he wants to finish his career in Toronto, and as far as I can tell thats still possible. In saying that, if he truly cared about the well-being of the club, he would waive his No-Trade Clause, and get the team some high draft picks, and some solid franchise prospects. What I am thinking, is something around the lines of trading him to Anaheim for Edmonton’s old first round pick, Bobby Ryan, and then the Leafs would also have to take some salary off of the Ducks’ hands. And then, in the off-season, sign Sundin again, for a one year deal, and hope he takes a discount salary.

Other players that I hope would get traded for some young guns are Tucker, Blake, and Kubina. I realize that there are others that I would like to see go, *cough*Raycroft*cough*, but seriously, what team in their right mind would even attempt at taking a chance with him?

Paul Maurice

I like PM, I honestly do. He handles the media well, he has been to the cup finals, he is doing what he can with an under-achieving team. With that being said, if a new GM comes into place and wants to bring in a new coach, go for it.

The Board

I would love to see the Maple Leafs sold, and the board dispersed. Let’s face it, the Teachers’ Pension Fund could care less if the team is winning, as long as it is bringing in money, and it will, they are happy. Same goes with CTV globeMedia, and TD Bank. I think a single owner that is passionate about hockey and loves win would be way better suited to be the owner of this team.

So there, that’s what I think of the Leafs right now, I will go back to trying to forget that I still actually like them.


3 Responses to “The Joke Of The League…”

  1. 1 Pries
    January 16, 2008 at 3:16 am

    I have to say that this topic for your blog is my favorite so far. Any time that I get to trash the Maple “Laughs” cough Leafs is my favorite thing. So JFJ needs to go. He has been the worst GM since…Gord Stellick. The ownership kinda reminds me back in the day when the Leafs sucked, Awh wait they have sucked for a very long time now. But the ownership back then was Harold Ballard and now it is the Teachers Pension, Larry Tanenbaum and who the hell cares. Time for some groups to sell and get a real owner involved and then you don’t have to worry about a Board chairperson like Dick Peddie to really ruin anything. Any team that does not want to get some help from a former coach who has won numerous cups and unprecidented success in all of the stops in his coaching career must be out of thier minds. Anyway that’s the Leafs way.

    I also like that they are trying to get Cliff Fletcher to come back and relive the days of Doug Gilmour for Gary Leeman or maybe it would be Darcy Tucker for Iginla or Raycroft for …. Martin Broduer. Yes, this seems like the right move. Bring back Fletcher and then the parade route will determined this day also. I love it when the Leafs suck.

    But they should try and trade eveybody that would get them anything on the trade market. So this should be a list of 2 or 3 players. Actually it could be more then that but not much. Sundin could get a nice return, Kaberle would get some interest and after that maybe the SOB, Tucker (I really hate this guy), Wellwood, Toskala (they won’t trade him) but to keep up with their trend of trading for a number one goalie they should move him, Stajan might get a late round pick, after that this could be all.

    Best of luck Leaf fans, maybe next decade but its nice to know that the powerful Rangers will never finish in 30th place because the Leafs will be in the league.


  2. 2 j2i2m22
    January 16, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Well Pries,

    I do remember a time, before the lockout, when both the Leafs and Rangers were enjoying the practice of simply buying their teams. For some reason though, the Rangers still couldn’t make playoffs.

    The Rangers did however, keep their draft picks when they were at the bottom of the league, which explains some of the good young talent they have.

  3. February 4, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    As a long time Leaf fan, I’m just as frustrated. On the bright side it looks like upper management has some of the right idea in bringing in a transitional GM to pave the way for a Raptor-Collangelo-esque hiring.

    I also like the way Maurice handles the media, but if this thing is going to start fresh he has to go in the off-season too. Don’t bring in a big name coach just yet, but bring in someone with a history of bringing in young guys. As much as it hurts, auction off Sundin, Tucker and any other vets someone might take a flyer on for youth and picks. Let the youth-friendly coach teach them the ropes and go for Stanley in 2012!

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