Posts Tagged ‘Cliff Fletcher

02
Apr
08

Sundin’s Career Over?

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Well not yet, but it may be. Mats Sundin, one of the most beloved Maple Leaf Captains of all time, has announced that his season is over due to his groin tear.

The question for everyone now, is whether or not Sundin’s career with the Leafs is over… He has made no secret that his decision will be made over the off season, and it will be a year-to-year decision.  Sundin has also said that he has not ruled out playing for another team, and that things may depend on what kind of direction the Blue and White are going to be taking.

Word is that Cliff Fletcher, the Leafs interim GM, has already approached Sundin about signing a contract extension, this coming a mere month after trying to convince to waive his no-trade clause.

So… is Mats done as a Maple Leaf? Personally… I think so, and that pains me…

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25
Feb
08

Sundin Says No To Trades and Foppa Signs, Changing Entire NHL Trade Deadline Landscape

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Mats Sundin has told Maple Leafs’ interim GM, Cliff Fletcher, that he will not be waiving his no-trade clause. This is what Sundin had to say,

“I have carefully considered the team’s request that I waive my no-trade clause,” Sundin said in a statement. “I have always believed I would finish my career as a Toronto Maple Leaf so the actual request was still a very difficult one for me to contemplate. I have spoken to and listened to my family and those closest to me about this issue. In the end, there is no right decision in a situation like this one. I cannot leave my teammates and join another NHL Club at this time. I have never believed in the concept of a rental player. It is my belief that winning the Stanley Cup is the greatest thing you can achieve in hockey but for me, in order to appreciate it you have to have been part of the entire journey and that means October through June. I hope everyone will understand and respect my decision.”

This is a huge blow to the Leaf’s plan on rebuilding because a player of Sundin’s caliber would have fetched a significant return, something like a key player, a prospect and a high draft pick. That is at the very least, if there would have been a bidding war over his services, which would have been likely, the price would have rose dramatically.

There is another reason that this changes the everything that could have happened at the trade deadline. As a result of Sundin refusing to waive his no-trade clause, other Maple Leaf players have followed suit. Tomas Kaberle, Darcy Tucker, and Pavel Kubina have also informed Fletcher that they would not waive their no-trade clauses. To my count that leaves only two over-paid, under-performing players that could yield a decent return. Jason Blake(who doesn’t have a no-trade clause) and Bryan McCabe appear to have left the door open for now, but let’s face it, teams are not going to be rushing to call Fletcher about these guys.

And lastly, with Sundin’s desicion, that makes Marian Hossa the most sought after player at tomorrow’s deadline, good news for Thrasher’s GM Don Waddell, he has every intention of trading away Hossa, and now he might get that bidding war Fletcher was hoping for.

Then there is the signing of Peter Forsberg… ARGH! BULLSHIT, change the rules! Teams should not be able to sign Free-Agents this late in the season, it is absolutely ridiculous. I hope so, so bloody much that the Avalanche miss play-offs and that they wasted $1 million. I hope so much….

12
Feb
08

Ferguson’s Back!

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So that took all of about two weeks for John Ferguson Jr. to find another job. TSN as added the former Maple Leaf General Manager to their panel for NHL on TSN, and TradeCenter 08.

Great, as if having Mike Milbury on the panel wasn’t bad enough, now there are two GMs with a history of making terrible trades. I cannot wait to hear what they have to say about the deadline trades, and what they would consider a good trade and a bad one. Furthermore, I can’t wait to see and hear what JFJ makes of Fletcher disassembling the mess that JFJ managed to produce in Leafland.

I made many trades over 10 deadlines in management with St. Louis and Toronto,” Ferguson says. “I look forward to plying a new trade with TSN this deadline.”

Thats hilarious! Woot, you brought in Perreault last year, only to have him sit in the rafters. You’re a joke Ferguson. I really could have went a few years without having to see this guy again, or if I did have to, I would like him to go a division rival or something. See him screw over some other team.

I can’t be the only person that finds it weird that once he left St. Louis, it took them a few seasons but they got back to being respectable. Then he came to Toronto and now they are going to have to take a few seasons to get back on track as well.

Besides, you would think TSN would have learned to stop hiring former Leafs to their panel. Tie Domi worked out like a charm. And last time I checked, Glen Healy isn’t exactly the most popular hockey analyst out their right now.

Man, I really dislike JFJ, guess I’ll be watching The Score’s coverage of the Trade Deadline this year.

06
Feb
08

This Just In, Leafs Suck!

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Ok ok, I know its not a big surprise, or breaking news or anything, but the Maple Leafs suck. After getting manhandled by the superpower, high-flying Florida Panthers, many hockey fans in general either laughed harder than they normally do, or they might have started to feel sorry the Leafs.

Matt Stajan got into his first career fight during the drubbing, and once he was ejected from the game he had this to say, “We can’t roll over like that in any game, it’s embarrassing to lose like that on home ice. We know that in this room.” So if its so embarrassing, what the hell are you guys doing? Everyone on the Maple Leafs squad knows that Cliff Fletcher is sizing up the team, deciding on who gets to stay and who gets the ticket out of town. Personally I can’t wait for changes to happen. They have to know that they need to start selling assets, and losing games in hopes of getting a higher draft pick. If you ask me, I think the Leafs need to size up Luke Schenn.

And to make matters worse, if the Leafs didn’t noticed how bad they sucked last night, when the Panthers made the score 8-0, the ACC erupted in cheers! IN CHEERS! That’s what we need, I actually get upset everytime they win… what are they trying to do? They aren’t making play-offs, let’s face it. Tank the season. Please. Please tank.

Tank Please?

22
Jan
08

JFJ Fired!!!

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Here is the TSN article.

As a Leaf fan, I don’t have too much to say about this, other then…GOOD RIDDANCE!

Sadly this move comes about 4-5 months too late. Your team misses play-offs, yet you re-sign and bring back the majority of that team, trade most 1st round picks away, or top prospects for a goalie that belongs in the AHL.

I am so glad Ferguson is done, I can honestly say that I ran up the stairs and tripped up them while dropping the phone when I saw the headline, “Ferguson Fired”.

I also have to say, however, that this is not only Fergie’s fault. There is still so much that needs to be done with this organization before they can be considered a contender, but this a serious step in the right direction.

I just hope that Cliff Fletcher, who was named interim GM will make positive moves for the Blue and White. I hope he realizes that this is not a play-off team, and that he can dismantle them a bit. Begin the re-building, I would rather wait 4-5 years to have a team that can compete for the Cup, than wait another 40 years.

15
Jan
08

The Joke Of The League…

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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.