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Ferguson fired, Fletcher named interim GM

Cliff Fletcher

Cliff Fletcher

1/23/2008 1:58:53 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager John Ferguson Jr. The team informed Ferguson of his fate early Tuesday morning. Cliff Fletcher has been made the club's interim general manager.

"After full consideration of the Leafs' situation, it has become clear that change and a new direction is needed," stated MLSE President and CEO Richard Peddie from the Air Canada Centre Tuesday. "Regrettably, we did not win enough games to reach our goal, winning the Stanley Cup.

"Our team performance has fallen short of what is to be expected.  Today, we need to forge the start of a new beginning for (the) Toronto Maple Leafs. And we begin with the man seated next to me, a man with Hall of Fame credentials, who is highly regarded by Leafs fans and by hockey people around the globe. We have reached out to Cliff Fletcher and his 50-plus years of hockey management experience to serve as general manager of the Leafs on an interim basis."

Fletcher had been linked to much of the speculation regarding the team. He had been one of several hockey management types contacted last week to gauge their interest in the job, he was then offered the position for the remainder of the season serving as interim GM until a new general manager can be found.  He will then serve as a consultant for the remainder of his 19 month contract.

"I know here in Toronto the expectations are high," Fletcher said at the press conference. "I look forward to the challenge and a few tough months ahead.


 

"The key here is to initially start the process to move the club ahead to the next level so that it can compete with all the top teams in the league, which will eventually lead to the playoff success."

"The first step will be to meet with all the people involved in the hockey department here," Fletcher said. "I'm looking forward to their input on how they see the internal operation of the hockey team here and how they see the club moving forward.

"Out of that, a plan will developed on how we're going to pursue the next few weeks. There are 35 days to the trade deadline and within two weeks we should be prepared to philosophically at least know what direction we've chosen to go."

During the press conference, Fletcher stated that he has no interest in becoming the Leafs' full-time general manager. 

"It is a job for a much younger man," said Fletcher.

One of Fletcher's most important decisions now must be what to about Mats Sundin.

Sundin, who is the franchise leader in goals and points has a no-trade clause in his contract, however he would likely be a hot commodity at the NHL Trade deadline.

"Mats is driving the engine here," said Fletcher. "He's an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and he has a no-trade clause."

"Just what might be able to be accomplished this year at the trade deadline, honestly you're looking into a crystal ball," said Fletcher. "Whatever you do has to make sense. The goal is to improve the hockey club both for the present and the future."

Peddie believes that Fletcher's experience will give the team plenty of time to find the ideal candidate for the position.

"It gives us the luxury of conducting an absolutely thorough search," said Peddie.

In a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Ferguson explained he has no hard feelings over the move and felt he gained from the experience.

"I'm proud of my record here, I've learned a tremendous amount," said Ferguson. "There's been somewhere in the neighbourhood of 11 general managers hired since I've been here and I am excited about my next opportunity."

"I sought the responsibility and accountability as general manager and I acted accordingly," he added.

When asked by TSN earlier in the day if he had been offered, or considered, the option of staying on in a different capacity with the Maple Leafs, Ferguson bluntly said, "no."

Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice left the ice during practice Tuesday morning to 'get a whistle.'  He was seen talking to Peddie before returning to practice.  Maurice was sombre when he met with the media later in the afternoon.

"A very, very difficult day both professionally and personally," said Maurice. "You try desperately to find the positives and for me it was John's example and leadership through difficult times was clearly something to see.

"He was always there with support and open with his convictions and what he believed in about the hockey team. An absolute pleasure to work for, completely and totally."

There is speculation that Maurice could be the next one to follow Ferguson out the door.

Peddie disagrees with that line of thinking.

"Right now he's our coach but Cliff and/or the new replacement will ultimately make that decision and Paul understands that," stated Peddie.

Fletcher, though, said Maurice and his staff will remain with the club until season's end.

"Paul Maurice is the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs," he said. "He will be the coach for the balance of this year as will the assistant coaches that work with him."

Toronto currently sits in 14th place in the Eastern Conference with a 19-22-5-3 record. They have missed the playoffs for the last two seasons.

Forward Jason Blake, who was signed by Ferguson as a free-agent in the off-season, believes that the players are at least partly to blame for Ferguson's firing.

"I've only been here for a few months and there are certain things you can't control," Blake told reporters. "We weren't getting the job done.

"There's a change a made and I think it's the players that have to be accountable to make sure we're ready to play. We're trying to turn this thing around and move in the right direction. I guess as players you can't control it so you've got to make sure you're ready to play."

The Maple Leafs also announced that Toronto sports lawyer Gord Kirke has been retained to assist Peddie in the search for the team's new GM. The search team has specific qualities in mind for the next full-time GM of the club.

"Our ideal candidate will be a long-term builder and a short-term fixer who has an established track record of success on the ice," explained Peddie. "Along with experience and extensive knowledge in the areas of drafting and identifying talent in the professional, amateur and international ranks, this individual will be comfortable with the intense scrutiny within the Toronto hockey market and will work effectively with the media.

"He will have the full autonomy to lead this hockey club in the manner he feels is best," added Peddie.

Fletcher, a Montreal native and Hockey Hall of Famer, was GM of the Leafs from 1991 to 1997. His NHL career spans more than 50 years, starting as GM of the Verdun Blues in 1956. Verdun was a junior team operated by the Montreal Canadiens and Fletcher ran the club for 10 years with Sam Pollock never very far away.

Ten years later, the Habs hired him as a scout.

When St. Louis joined the NHL, Fletcher was hired by the Blues to head up the scouting department and later became their assistant general manager.

He got his first GM job with the Atlanta Flames in 1972. He was general manager of the Calgary Flames from 1980-1991.  In that time, the Flames won two President's Trophy's and a Stanley Cup.

In 1991, he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as president, GM and COO. He stayed with Toronto through 1997, after helping to turn the team into a contender again.

He joined the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1999 as a senior advisor, before taking over as GM of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2001.

Fletcher was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 2004.






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1ocallaghanm2 years too late. This has really set us back. ...
2Sens_suxHello MSLE? Hello What took you so long? Now, what ...
3DigFlamesIt's about time, I am not a leaf fan but the years ...
4sarandaI guess Punch Imlach wasn't available..... ...
5marc119Wow what a shocker!!! Why would fletcher take this ...
6dnmA little late on that, folks. Now to get rid of ...
7Nonn8tiveCliff Fletcher is not the answer...... peddie sho ...
8empthank you God! at least we'll have someone with ...
9LucygalFinally! Man, this organization moves like a bunc ...
10rubberbulletFergie is not the problem so this accomplishes not ...
11leafymikeWelcome back, Mr. Fletcher. Hopefully, you'll put ...
12TricoloreUmm... They're looking for a Long-term builder AN ...
13SpeduceFINALLY!!! ...
14Original6-PackNew face, same MLSE, Lefs wont change much, but at ...
15bleed_blueGood start, hopefully Peddie is soon to follow, al ...
16JeffHolmes "As all of our general managers have had, he will ...
17Hockey_puckHip Hip Hooray!!!! The speculation is over!! Wi ...
18stevegosse09about 2 and a half years too late ...
19ingy56As long as Peddie remains involved in the hockey o ...
20tyler1015Please announce that Peddie is next because if not ...
21skullmasterBoy, didn't see that coming, I jest. Trader Cliff ...
22My4kids"He will have the full autonomy to lead this hocke ...
23chevronsBut does it help the brutal team that's on the ice ...
24sgemmitiThis mess is not Fergies fault...Guy had no securi ...
25alextWhat about Peddie???, didn't he hire Jfj?, this is ...
26sandy94Removing JFJ is only the first in what should be a ...
27matthewboddyFeel bad for Ferguson. It's not his fault that ML ...
28donzcatPeddie should have found a replacement for himself ...
29habsfanforeverFinaly the Leafs make a decision. Ferguson deserve ...
30beanie11I wish JFJ the very best of luck in his future end ...
31kanataleaf_fanFerguson was just a puppet, so what do we do with ...
32loserssince1967it will truly take a miracle to turn the leafs int ...
33walkie316hahahaha. won't make a difference as long as Pedd ...
34snowballingFiring Ferguson is a drop in the bucket. They sho ...
35cwinn44Leaf fans - quit whining, you cant build success i ...
36slickdomenicFINALLY!!!!! Everyone on this team should be on th ...
37mattC0068its about damn time but as far as im concenered Pe ...
38cpaw17No big surprise here. Too bad that he had to clean ...
39goalsuckFLETCH LIVES! Let the FIRE SALE BEGIN! Pleas ...
40Greg3Peddie is the one that needs to go! ...
41apps21Peddie is a fool - fiddling while the Leafs burned ...
42jimmyballgameFinally, the Leafs have canned JFJ. Now let's hope ...
43TorontoAmericanWannaBsI thought it would change when Harold Ballard left ...
44GoJulianGoBlow the Team Up Cliff!!! Unless Cliff is willing ...
45richmooreDo we expect the Leafs to actually rebuild? We've ...
46gazii27LEAFS Management should be ashamed at how they hav ...
47henrythe8thWell, I guess this was inevitable and for JFJ's sa ...
48bobmyersOkay, clean house!!!! Sundin, Raycroft, etc,etc. ...
49djswaWe all saw this one coming. I don't think that jus ...
5027sittler1First of all, I agree with this move but it appear ...
51gazii27Executives fired the wrong man! As long as the tea ...
52FunpucksJFJ was classy all the way! He couldn't score the ...
53gangpehThe Leafs can finally move forward. Now let's hope ...
54revaudFletcher isn't the answer. ...
55somanycatssofewrecipiesGood luck to John - a good hockey man who had his ...
56JohnnySpeedMAURICE & ACTON (et al) NEXT!!! These guys hav ...
57uoftboyAs daffy duck would say DISPICABLE! The leafs fron ...
58dcrockartTo little To late. TO had the chance to get Sco ...
59GainesyWow, MLSE handled this whole situation horribly. I ...
60leafsforever13The problem remains to be the management above the ...
61gunners49How do you spell MLSE? JOKE!!! MLSE should hire B ...
62j454Good move, now they should fire Peddie for the way ...
63kirwynleafsWell I am Glad Fergi is gone now we have to fix al ...
64stormkatHey folks, be careful what you wish for. This tea ...
65[WITH_TEETH]Only when Peddie is dislocated from anything relat ...
66trueleafhaterDreamers, that's what you Leaf fans are. Do you ho ...
67tweekerI agree with most of the posters...it is a little ...
68dmahoney2Wow!! What a shock, did not see this coming at all ...
69bailey_I don't understand why people don't seem to realiz ...
70GTNot sure if he will have any more luck than JFJ. ...
71slickdomenicI can't understand why people are upset that Fletc ...
72HARD_HARD_LEAFits about time... now find someone good to replace ...
73FerrariEnzoFire and trade everyone for a bag of pucks. Start ...
74achilles13Root of the problem remains and you can hear it in ...
75kwilly73Nooooooooooo!!! Now Toronto might actually improv ...
76leaf4liveDoes it really matter who the GM is as long as Ped ...
77gunners49Why don't Leaf fans blame Pat Quinn for JFJ inheri ...
78NotaleafguyNot Fergusons fault. MLSE is a joke as an organiza ...
79phijamGiven what we now know about governance at MLSE, i ...
80SensSaintsSoxThat's okay. The damage has already been done. JFJ ...
81capthookStep one complete! JFJ inherited a 100 point per ...
82bsnaukensuLace em up, Clif! ...
83LazydogFletcher should go after Bowman in the off season. ...
84peripiriJFJ had to go because he in fact did-not-deliver. ...
85canucknberSure would like to know how much cash they had to ...
86Chris_X_10If the leafs were smart, they would trade away all ...
87kirk_cherryYay, just another pawn for MLSE. I hope Fletcher c ...
88Nemo101this is a "band Aid" solution,...this reminds me o ...
89DowntownTorontoBe prepared for whole new levels of suck. The firs ...
90beatle11I thought MLSE was to dysfunctional to get this do ...
91ggoncalvesGotta say it was nice to see someone mention "Pat ...
92robgodThey should have included Peddie as well.......as ...
93LEAFSnationUSAHALLELUJAH!!!! ...
94arrow201"...will be a long-term builder and a short-term f ...
95Spiderdan2222A move that obviously had to be made...but it is u ...
96SensSaintsSoxOh, and to all Leaf fans calling for a house clean ...
97mcheliakI don't understand why Cliff has taken this. He w ...
98darwingsDoesn't matter who the GM is. They aren't allowed ...
99Brewskie19Nothing will change. One young lame duck GM to an ...
100timsalabimcant wait until the killer replaces cliff. looks ...
10161LatourHow many months of airing dirty Leaf laundry in pu ...
102timbitterOne down. More to go. Sack Peddie. ...
103mark2829I would like to apply for the G.M. job ...
104nemrafinally they put him out of his misery!! i do giv ...
105KissockIt's about time. Now move on Maurice. This year is ...
106padinoxJohn Ferguson Jr may not be the best GM, but I am ...
107mido4cflJFJ was not the problem. Fletcher is not the answ ...
108bigsxeIT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!!! This guy cost us players ...
109sandreaderAnother Puppet! I hope leaf fans understand why ...
110dpowsDONT BE FOOLED...All this does is change the perso ...
111MikeP72well, at least they wont have a Babcock scenario w ...
112TomdogThe only reason JFJ failed was because he did not ...
113mkstaintonTo get out of that classless organization is a ble ...
114soliddI'm sick of all these people feeling sorry for JFJ ...
115FireJFJLet the trading begin!!! ...
116HABS_FTWIt's not the GM its the ownership. It's not the GM ...
117russfedThe most impressive part of this firing/hiring is ...
1181Canadien1Someone needs to fire Richard Peddie. Management h ...
119nallen6You Leaf fans are really still blaming Ferguson fo ...
120tdotmoh boy - what a good day for the Leafers !! Fletc ...
121RicoSuave13Full autonomy, I think not. Positive change, yes, ...
122rougemanWhy wasn't Peddie fired with him, he is as big a p ...
123rootabagaOne thing that everyone is forgetting about Cliff ...
124breimerSo now what? Fletcher is going to make a couple of ...
125smitty5440I feel bad for JFJ. Nobody could be successful wor ...
126chfan21As bad of a job as JFJ did and how good this will ...
127brewnerPretty bush league the way they fired Fergie thoug ...
128gordiehowethegreatestWell, for all you Leaf fans, hoepfully this is a n ...
129Habs1986I am glad for JFJ, this organization is a joke. ...
130GOLEAFS67Finally..today is new day for Leafs..Welcome back ...
131habib36Now, lets hope we publish the same article tomorro ...
132Flyerfan-52Fletcher must have gotten too much sun while on va ...
133gate16I have never and will never be a Leaf fan. The sm ...
134IafrateJFJ did his best. I'm more angry with the way he w ...
135trashensteinBye bye John. Cry no tears for that thankless job. ...
136mkstainton: beanie11 "This franchise deserves so much bet ...
137Spiiboy01Why not get rid of the other clowns while they are ...
138stilly10For the leafs to rebuild properly they need to do ...
139PRIDEOFCAPETOWNThis won't solve anything. Fletcher and Quinn were ...
140coveney_61So long JFJ, don't let the door hit you on the way ...
141gar3mar3Most people have got it right. Why is Richard Pedd ...
142vincesantosI'm not really die-hard hockey fan but I do follow ...
143blacktransamFLETCHER!!!!! Sure he is useless and never was ...
144Royce14They should have not hired him in the first place. ...
145gmautothe scouting staff has to go to. last leaf to win ...
146phskrAs a long suffering Leaf Fan, today's firing of JF ...
147NEELY#8I am glad they fired JFJ but the way this was hand ...
148Spider-ManNot a Leafs fan...but tell me this how can Peddie ...
149jaymac4Peddie and the whole crew needs to go. This is how ...
150pupulinandreI'm still floored about the Scotty Bowman situatio ...
151dlow40Fletcher, Ferguson whatever. Do the Leaf fans rea ...
152BouillonsthebestSo now Fletcher gets to do whatever he wants with ...
153gameover123To be honest, i feel sorry for JFJ, working in hoc ...
154posavoieok, not that funny but the guy had to go. But I th ...
155the-maple-leaf-foreverstop saying 2 years too late. 2 years ago at this ...
156WindsorHab#101May be John Ferguson Jr wasn't a good GM but I'll ...
157dsiemier1A good hockey man who should have been kept on. ...
158ArgoFan17Well it is a late move, but the sooner they made i ...
159JBHabRearranging deck chairs on the Titanic ...
160shoganThey should have hired Scotty Bowman, but they did ...
161jonboiThank God!!! We better turn this around quickly... ...
162IGGYFORPM1As inept as JFJ was, I feel bad for the way MLSE t ...
163olliesensmanLooking for a long-term builder and they say WHAT ...
164PapaBeauSrThank You there is a Sports God.I have been a Leaf ...
165ibleedblueJFJ was a puppet under Quinn, and Peddie. I kinda ...
166pickle3get rid of peddie hire scotty bowman for president ...
167reg19I am a frequent Leaf basher, but this is garbage. ...
168leafh8rSo....The Leafs bring in Fletcher...let him do his ...
169torontoiscanadaRight on! We're planning the parade now as we spe ...
170sprinter4whole heartilly agree with gazii27,teams owned lik ...
171breimerTake a look at it from the bright side Leaf fans, ...
172Racki9I thought Dan Daoust would of been a good choice. ...
173gunzenbomzWhy would the MLSE want to change anything? They' ...
174savage_sultinThey went about it the wrong way. Give JFJ a littl ...
175kozaqFINALLY! Time to Rebuild from the Top Down..... ...
176ArgoFan17Attn: MARC119...(5th Post) It is not a Shocker. ...
177helmetmanNow gut the entire team, and trade Sundin to get s ...
178PlinkoKingThis is a black day for the Ottawa Senators. ...
179whiteswan68It's about time they get rid of Ferguson. ...
180LeafsFan90JFJ you will be missed..NOT! Fletcher should do we ...
181northpreston2002Pat Quinn!!! ...
182MiniMacFletcher better set down the Pina Coladas and pick ...
183blue34what about messier gm and ian pulvar asst gm ...
184leafscaptianTime to get Brian Burke in the summer. If he will ...
1851fanofhockeyRick Peddie makes me laugh! He talks like he has a ...
186badams_bPeddie isn't going anywhere people. He makes way ...
187bill2while jfj did make some brutal decisions and shoul ...
188adamooooThis wont fix anything, I'm a leafs fan and it sti ...
189gusmcdonaldNice to see Toronto finally take a step in rightin ...
190gillies40This is a mess and I don't it will be fixed by a f ...
191alex105Wish Peddie was fired as well. This guy is a disa ...
192zeineguy45WOW!! TML are the joke of the league now. Who in t ...
193TheTimHortonsSo Vader is gone. But the Emperor is still around. ...
194RumRunnerPeddie is your problem ...
195TheAceRockFerguson is just a symptom. Peddie is the problem! ...
196crazyleafThank you Fergie, I am sure you feel you did the b ...
197stonerFinally it's over!!! Even JFJ must feel relieved ...
198heavensdevilNo choice now but to see what happens... decisions ...
199ob1jacobiFirst off, I don't think it is fair to totally bla ...
200Veryhabby78In the end are the Leafs any better? With Peddie s ...
201rboyle22While I think there needed to be a change I think ...
202Swoop69Worst run organization in the league. ...
203CA1970Why did they not fire the whole management team. R ...
204twentyfourcupsFletcher is just another smokescreen for a third s ...
205shoopy11SIGN WENDEL CLARK TOO! When are the Leafs gonna be ...
206twentyfourcupsYou should've hired Doug Armstrong instead. ...
207Bleed_Blue_And_WhiteTricolore, Short term fixing and long term build ...
208trigger72This is a major step backwards for the Leafs. Why ...
209brian__g11He made some good deals while here. Bringing in J ...
210todstilesNot going to make any difference! Sorry Leafs fan ...
211kaymenFerguson was not a good GM, but what MLSE did to h ...
212tmlfan4since81I don't know if any of you watched the interview/c ...
213pauljosephtrudeauWhat do you think Fletcher is going to do to the T ...
214peripiriI watched the Fetcher/Peddie press conference. A c ...
215DieHardLeafsI feel sorry for JFJ. Although he didn't do a grea ...
216crazykakaWas a long time coming. Fergie - He's a Class ...
217br0pbr0pAbout time. ...
218el_cieloProblem is... The leafs still suck. ...
219spec3Everyone is available because this team was built ...
220LeafsFanForLife24This is pretty much the best news to hit LeafLand ...
221rockyroosterI'm available for the GM position. ...
222lindbergh31Can you say "SCAPEGOAT", eventhough Ferguson Jr wa ...
223doctorsports1This year is a write off for them anyway, not surp ...
224greekgodzoficeFINALLY! This guy was a bust before he got the jo ...
225mcap72If you people think this is going to change anythi ...
226marksicleFINALLY, now PEDDIE. Slowly but surely try to sto ...
227lmoMike Milbury is available! ...
228bubaleweyNow let's make Dougey Gilmour the interim coach an ...
229greener_37Season is now a writeoff....keeping Maurice (+ coa ...
230domi4pmwell its a start i guess; but still just a band-ai ...
231buffalochestThis won't change a thing. How many trades can you ...
232robgodThis about sums it up..........Leafs circus remain ...
233mccartbJFJ was not the man for the job! BUT, the team wo ...
234ReidinthePegto those that say you can't do both. You can shor ...
235tmlfan4since81LMAO at all of you "NOW JFJ PITTY'ERS"! Before Fle ...
236finch10Here Here Beanie11. It is really too bad some of t ...
237pjam2366Nice. Long overdue. 42 million tied up next year a ...
238badlands61Hey Leaf fans, you got your wish..!! You chased C ...
239habsallthewaybabyWell...a step in the right direction in that JFJ w ...
240IBO321Too little & much too late Peddie is still the ...
241HABS2008The best thing for Ferguson is to leave that mess. ...
242mutant211It's about time! Finally, the long-suffering Leaf ...
243zenspyder" we begin with the man seated next to me, a man w ...
244Flyerfan-52I'm just curious what the Coyotes get out of this. ...
245beleafer17Richard Peddie does not deserve to be fired from M ...
246pioneeredbob nicholson has excelled wherever he has gone. i ...
247MCR7I still do not get why they did not hire Scotty Bo ...
248Stumpy1FERGIE, you are the luckiest guy in the world. Yo ...
249Sensfan4life2Claseless is a good word to use here. Not only are ...
250harddogg69This Move Means Nuthing...Unless Trader Cliff Has ...
251AGreenThis is an excellent first step back to respectabi ...
252Habs247Did anyone else watch the interview? This doesn't ...
253acheron.hadesUnfortunately Fletcher is not the answer...Aggress ...
254squish57Peddie needs to go now too, for the good of the Le ...
255vloetAnd how does Peddie keep his job? ...
256Sport24910Peddie, what's with all the double speak. They te ...
257peripiriHow can Maurice say that he is NOT relieved at Fer ...
258osiris74Ferguson deserved better. Im a HUGE Habs fan and i ...
259reg19And just what is it that Fletcher is going to do n ...
260chfan21Didnt Bowman ask for full autonomy and get turned ...
261kinaschukWhy is this such big news? The team is doing as g ...
262pstricklAbout time... now do some housekeeping on the play ...
2632083xI agree his treatment by management the last few w ...
264McNergetHe had to go, but timing is everything and this re ...
265gercatRemember that they actually extended Fergie's cont ...
266leafsportIf there's no change in the CEO Richard Peddie wha ...
267limping_pylonthe incompetence of the leafs organization defies ...
268paulie_walnutsLeafs need a new owner or a new ownership group, p ...
269aplamI though JFJ's hiring was a bad call from day one. ...
270GreatAukWhere is the accountabililty. Ferguson was hired ...
271blackwaterxLeafs are currently only 6 points out of a playoff ...
272revaudUnder today's syetm, Fletcher will not be able to ...
273rightDWow , Fletcher?? Gilmour, Muller and Joe Nieuwendy ...
274superman74Wow...big news story! Leafs fire their GM. Bigger ...
275Pritch77Alright, JFJ made some bad moves but can you reall ...
276deskproyoThis team has fallen apart since Pat Quinn left. ...
277thedude94And here I thought it was only the Leaf fans that ...
278jimshaverYawn, NEXT!! ...
279stastny26Don't believe anything Peddie says...the Leafs goa ...
280nemraafter watching the press conference, i think cliff ...
281walt_125too little too late.....what can he do with all th ...
282senturionPeddie is the biggest hipocrite in Toronto! He sh ...
283sportbizJFJ - DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT! ...
284thebongshowAs interim GM, I see Fletcher gutting whatever you ...
285kez_masterAll Peddie did was buy himself a few more years... ...
286bloogooseSundin 7 million, Tucker 3 million, Kubina 5 milli ...
287oilers4ever08Isn't going to make a difference... issues are mor ...
288OilRuleEsksRule"He will have the full autonomy to lead this hocke ...
2891timeb4idiAbout time, I am ashamed that MLSE kept Ferguson h ...
290bloogooseMLSE is all about profits...anyone who actually be ...
291CowboybobHow can this organization call itself a hockey clu ...
292sharpedge10Flyersfan-52 has an excellent point, just what did ...
293Ken7Thank-You Peddie. Now please, you were able to fin ...
294jake1616Fergie handled the pressure with class and dignity ...
295KnucklesNilanShould have fired the coach! ...
296otisorgansHIRE CRAIG PATRICK, The Pens have 14 draft pick ...
297joebearsonMaybe its the ghost of Harold Ballard that hangs o ...
298dagger2Good Luck JFJ you showed you had class by not ...
299Go_T-Wolves!!!"Our ideal candidate will be a long-term builder a ...
300lyle69Oh Boy, what a news story! It is changing times fo ...
301LazydogIf Mats wants to retire a leaf, he has one choice. ...
302MinimontEveryone just has to wait and see what will happen ...
303gordholiohCliff Fletcher knows what he's getting into. I'm s ...
304ryanpackerPeddie needs to go next. As bad as the Leafs have ...
305KemnusYou say MLSE is a disgrace to hockey yet they prov ...
306ibanez_joeu have said it from the begining... Peddie is the ...
307weeezzalright it doesn't add up. the guy has SAID he has ...
308dogvomitChanging the art in the boardroom will probably ha ...
309stiffler1000He should have never been hired in the first hand. ...
310habman5MLSE has no class. No wonder the leafs can't win ...
311theexaminerOnly in the bazaro world of Leaf land could this c ...
312Larry22At least they treat GM's the same as the players. ...
313truerbluerfanWe are the centre of the hockey universe and deser ...
314mtimmerman123I'm glad that the Leafs are looking to take a new ...
315cndsportsfanLet the fire sale begin. One thing about Cliff ...
316mtimmerman123Also, to add to my post earlier, if the Leafs don' ...
317maddaddamToronto is the Britany Spears of hockey - no talen ...
318animal2816I can understand firing Ferguson but what the heck ...
319SupahGumpWow, I heard the whole of Ontario cheer from way d ...
320STEVERACEWhat is Cliff Fletcher really going to do? If he ...
321nyrangers_998811This move will change nothing about the team. Last ...
322cdngoalieNew GM - same story. Lot's of money, lots of blind ...
323Mooey6680I must say that while I whole heartedly agree with ...
324LEAFPRIDE67richmore your a sellout!.. Same as anyone else giv ...
325Broad_St_BullyThat's really to bad. Now they might get someone w ...
326Potvins#1FanMany of you have no idea what you are talking abou ...
327oilerbloodFletcher might have a lot of experience but by no ...
328LiuKangOttawa's fan base continues to grow... hard not to ...
3294orreverIt is absolutely disgusting what was done to JFJ. ...
330silver77The worst kept secret in hockey is now official! ...
331optwhizWho would want the job, the way they treated Fergu ...
332tsharkeyWhat a farce of an organization. Great fan's of th ...
333bandwagonfanSome of you didn't see the press conference. Pedd ...
334LEAFSWINCUP2020Peddie is gone in the summer ...
335IafrateAnd, isn't counterproductive to plan a rebuild the ...
336MapleLeafinBCFerguson went out with class, he didn't deserve to ...
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NHL All-Star Game

All-Star Game

The NHL's highest-scoring duo of Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza highlight the Eastern Conference roster while Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf will help lead the Western Conference at the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, to be played at Philips Arena on Jan. 27.

NHL on TSN

  • Wednesday, January 23
    Washington @ Toronto
    7:30pm et/4:30pm pt
Rivalry Cup

Canadian Six-Pack

At the end of each month, TSN.ca ranks and breaks down Canada's six Canadian NHL teams based on their performance, and provides a look ahead to key games.

For the month of December, Canada's top team was also Alberta's top team - the red hot Calgary Flames.

TradeCentre 2007-08

The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 26 at 3pm et/Noon pt, and TSN and TSN.ca will provide all the coverage beginning at 10am et/7am pt. Get the complete and updated list of all the deals made, along with breaking trades with TSN.ca's news alerts and all the names being rumoured.

2008 NHL Entry Draft

All eyes will be scouting the class of 2008 for the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa next June. Sarnia Sting forward Steven Stamkos tops the list of prospects in TSN's early survey, and also leads the way in the ISS rankings.

That's A Monster!

NHL on TSN analyst Pierre McGuire offered up some early candidates for the 2008 Monster Of The Year with more than half of the NHL season in the books. More...

On Frozen Pond

The Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins brought in the New Year with the NHL Winter Classic, the league's first regular season outdoor game in the United States. Look back at the day-by-day transformation of Ralph Wilson Stadium with our Photo Gallery and get all the game day video highlights and reports from the event on TSN.ca.

The Next 'Next One?'

There's a new kid on the block in the hockey world, and his name is John Tavares. The teenage phenom seems to be building up the same level of hype as Sidney Crosby - and at a younger age. And he's not even eligible for the NHL Entry Draft - where he's projected to go No. 1 - until 2009.

Fantasy Hockey on TSN.ca

See who TSN's panel of experts picked for their 2007-08 fantasy pool, and stay informed with the latest insight and analysis on TSN Broadband from TSN.ca's Scott Cullen and Nic Sulsky.

The Best Class Ever

Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory were this year's inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Check out each individual's bios, along with broadband features.

Quote of the Day

"He will have the full autonomy to lead this hockey club in the manner he feels is best."

- MLSE President Richard Peddie on the ideal candidate who will be chosen to become the new general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Stat of the Day

With a 5-3 Florida win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, Jacques Martin moved past Toe Blake and tied Pat Burns for eighth place on the career coaching victories list with 501.

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