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December 04, 2007

The John Ferguson situation

There has been a big outcry in Toronto over the past few days because of Richard Peddie’s (CEO of Maple Leaf Sports who own the Leafs and Raptors) comments admitting that he made a mistake hiring the inexperienced John Ferguson several years ago.

These comments and this entire situation is idiotic on so many levels. First of all if this was such a mistake and Mr. Peddie is now willing to admit this then why is Ferguson still employed as the Leafs GM? The reason given is that it is the middle of the season, but then one has to question the timing of Peddie’s comments. Is Peddie trying to light a spark under Ferguson? And if so what is Ferguson going to do now? He has his team for the year; it is unlikely the Leafs will be able to make a significant deal at the deadline. At this point criticizing Ferguson does nothing more then distract the Leafs.

Secondly, why did it take so long for Peddie to notice the Ferguson was a brutal GM. Were several seasons of mediocrity in which we traded away our entire future for washed up veterans not enough? Were the first round exits every year in the playoffs not enough?

The fact is Peddie did make a mistake hiring Ferguson, a mistake that has cost the Leafs dearly, but why he decided to let everyone know now is beyond me.

Posted by dbrait at December 4, 2007 04:32 PM