Posts Tagged ‘JFJ

03
Dec
08

I’ve been away….

… so I am going to ramble off on as much stuff that I can think of in the next 5 minutes. I hate the end of the semester, been wired for 3 days.

  1. Sean Avery is douche. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The “sloppy seconds” comment was too far. Sure that kind of stuff is said all the time within locker rooms, in fact much worse is said, but the key point is that they are said WITHIN the locker room. The way he did, it was completely premeditated, and the fact that he had the media gather around him, and he was acting (horribly by the way) was too much.
  2. Burkie is finally in Toronto. I am meh on this matter, I like the way he talks and handles the media. Although I am not sure that he is that good of a GM, I think he’s overrated a little, but what do I know. He has a cup, he did manage to bring Pronger and Niedermayer into Anaheim, sure it was dumb luck, but he did it. And to think Ferguson wouldn’t let go of Kaberle and Steen for Pronger. That’s ok, we got Stempniak out of Steen…
  3. Laviolette out, Maurice back in. What is this? A revolving door in Carolina? Should we expect Lavi to be head coach there again 3 years from now? I loved was Maurice was able to accomplish in his time in Toronto, it was his fault that JFJ can’t put together a decent roster.
  4. I love the McDonald’s commercials!

And thats all I can think of, I have to go to school now. Later

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26
Feb
08

NHL Trade Deadline – Live Update

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I will be running a continuous live update of the NHL Trade Deadline Today (All times are Mountain Time). Trade posts will be headlined with asterisks and bolded, so if you just want to see the trades, look for those by the times. So here goes!!

  • 12:07 AM >> Okay, so honestly I am right about to go to bed, but I thought I would kick start it with the few little things that have happened thus far today.
    • F Vaclav Prospal traded to PHI for D Alexandre Picard, and a conditional pick. (Condition is that, if the Flyers make the post-season, it is their 2nd round pick, if not, the pick is CGY’s 3rd pick.)
    • F Mike Comrie has signed an extension with NYI, essentially taking his name off of the trade list.
    • D Dan Boyle has also re-signed a big extension with TB, which to me opens the door for a F Brad Richards deal.
    • D Barret Jackman has extended his deal with STL, so he shouldn’t have to pack his bags tonight.
  • 8:01 AM >> Bob McKenzie just said the it is known that F Marian Hossa will not be taking the game-day skate with ATL, instead he is going to wait and hear until a trade falls. Apparently the team told him to stay at the hotel.
  • **8:32 AM** >> FIRST TRADE OF THE DAY:
    • D Bryce Salvador goes to NJ while F Cam Janssen goes the other way to STL.
  • **9:15 AM** >> MAPLE LEAFS MAKE TRADE:
    • F Wade Belak has been shipped to FLO for a 5th rounder. Nothing major, but realistically Belak isn’t going to really matter to the Leafs, so I think this is a start.
  • **9:26 AM** >> Another Breaking Trade, this is a BIGGIE:
    • D Brian Campbell and a 7th round pick has been traded to SJ, BUF gets F Steve Bernier and a 1st round pick.
  • **9:36 AM** >> DAL and TB have agreed to a deal, they just need the go ahead from Richards. This is a huge:
    • F Brad Richards, G Johan Holmqvist are gone to DAL, in return TB gets G Mike Smith, F Jussi Jokinen, and F Jeff Halpern.
  • **9:49 AM** >> The Trade out of MON just happened, and its a shocker:
    • G Cristobal Huet has been traded to WAS, for a 2nd round pick in 2009. WOW! G Carey Price has just been thrown into the spotlight!
  • ** 10:15 AM** >> Trade just came out of FLO:
    • FLO D Ruslan Salei is traded to COL for D Karlis Skrastins and a 3rd rounder. Keith Jones joked that this deal would have been done hours ago, but both guys took forever to get off the ice because they skate so slow. Truth hurts!
  • **10:21 AM** >> CHI and CAR make deal:
    • CAR F Andrew Ladd has been traded to CHI for F Tuomo Ruutu. Ladd was supposed to be a key player in the NHL, but hasn’t quite developed the way he was expected. Ruutu has just had a lot of injury issues, which slowed his development too.
  • **10:36 AM** >> OTT makes trade:
    • CHI F Martin Lapointe has been acquired by OTT for a 6th round pick. The panel loves this trade for the Sens, figures he will be a leader in the dressing room. Dutchie makes a crack about Lapointe talking to Emery and shaping him up.
  • **10 :59 AM** >> Deal for CBJ Done:
    • CBJ D Adam Foote has been traded to COL. The return is a conditional 1st round pick, if the Avs make the post-season, it will be an 08 pick, if they don’t, its their 09 pick. Als, there is another conditional draft pick if Foote re-signs with the Avs.
  • **11:12 AM** >> CBJ Makes another deal:
    • CBJ F Sergei Federov has been sent off to WSH for D Ted Ruth. Are the Caps making a push for the post-season? It appears like they are!
  • **11:36 AM** >> VAN is alive!:
    • VAN F Matt Cooke has been dealt to WAS for F Matt Pettinger. Washington is making a serious push, they are not kidding around folks.
  • **11:46 AM** >> Small Trade that happened awhile ago:
    • Rob Davison has been traded to NYI while a 7th round pick goes back to SJ. Whoopie…
  • **12:52 PM** >> Leafs Make Another and Blues Deal too:
    • TOR D Hal Gill sent to PIT for a 2nd and 5th round pick. That’s good, decent return for an older, slower defenseman.
    • STL D Christian Backman has been traded to the NYR for a 4th round pick. Finally the Rangers make a move, this is a positive for the Blue Shirts.
  • **12:58** >> Hossa Finally Traded:
    • ATL unloads F Marian Hossa and F Pascal Dupius to PIT for F Erik Christensen, F Colby Armstrong, F Angelo Esposito, and a 1st rounder. Pierre McGuire is upset about this deal, he thinks the Pens gave up way, way too much for Hossa. He figures there is no way they can afford this guy at the end of the season.
  • **1:10 PM** >> Wild make some late noise:
    • MIN sends a 6th round pick to NYI for F Chris Simon. Wild now have Simon, Fedoruk, and Boogard, I don’t know what they are trying to prove.
  • **1:15 PM** >> LA unloads Defense:
    • LA has sent D Brad Stuart to DET for an 08 2nd and an 09 4th round pick. Wings will look solid when D Lidstrom, D Chelios, and D Rafalski come back.
  • ** 1:18 PM** >> TOR and PHO make some late deals:
    • TOR F Chad Kilger has been sent to FLO for a 3rd round pick.
    • PHO get G Al Montoya, and F Marcel Hossa from NYR for F Fredrick Sjostrom, G David Leveneau and F Josh Gratton.
  • ** 1:21 PM** >> ANA does a little tinker:
    • ANA has acquired D Marc-Andre Bergeron from NYI for a 3rd round pick.
  • **1:29 PM** >> ANA doing more tinkering:
    • ANA picked up G J.S. Aubin from LA for a 7th round pick.
  • **1:34 PM** >>One Last Trade?:
    • WSH F Joe Motzko has been dealt to ATL for F Alexandre Giroux.
  • **1:49 PM** >> Another Late One:
    • TB deals F Yan Hlavak to NAS for a 7th round pick.
  • **2:35 PM** >> ANA pulls one last move:
    • ANA F Brandon Bochenski has been dealt to NAS I believe it was
14
Feb
08

JFJ figures the Leafs Should Be Selling…

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John Ferguson Jr. told TSN today that if he were still in charge of the Toronto Maple Leafs, “the For Sale sign would be out.”

Eat shit, JFJ. You got the team into this mess really. You didn’t have to re-sign the entire team that didn’t make play-offs last season but you did. So while most of the other Eastern teams improved, you were happy with the status quo.

Shut up. And from now on, I promise I will never mention this douche bag in my articles, he’s pissed me off way too much and continues to do so.

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.

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…

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.