Let the Man Do His Job - Or Fire Him
So you're a primo NHL unrestricted free agent, and the Maple Leafs are on the phone offering you money.
Presumably, you're talking to GM John Ferguson, but given the way the Leafs work, you're actually talking to the entire MLSE board of directors, which includes president Richard Peddie plus a couple of guys who want Ferguson fired ASAP.
Plus, if you can read and listen, there's all kinds of rumours that the club is planning to bring in "senior" hockey consultant to work over/alongside Ferguson. By "senior," the idea is somebody that has actually won something. Ever. Something the Leafs, other than Doug Gilmour in his vague job portfolio, don't have.
Which is why the names of Scotty Bowman, John Muckler and Craig Patrick - Stanley Cup winners all - keep popping up as candidates.
So if you're that free agent and you're considering those dollars, who, exactly are you agreeing to work for?
Ferguson? Peddie? Larry Tanenbaum? Bowman? Muckler? Patrick? Paul Maurice? Carlton the Bear?
At that point, don't you just move on to the next team that's interested?
The top-heavy Leafs seem to believe the answer to their problems is adding yet another layer of bureaucracy, something similar to the role in which Wayne Embry fills with the Raptors.
But understand this; Embry was important, really, during the period of time after Rob Babcock was fired and before Bryan Colangelo came to town. He moved the unmoveable Jalen Rose contract and did a couple of other helpful things before Colangelo took over.
If the Leafs really believe they need a "senior" person, then they should simply can Ferguson and let the "senior" person take over, clean house and start fresh.
More important, whether the person in charge is JFJ or one of these aforementioned people, once again its worth mentioning that person has to be given full rein and should not have to answer to Peddie and the board everytime its necessary to order new staples.
Keeping the current setup is why Colin Campbell and other respected hockey people weren't interested in the job when JFJ got it. Lou Lamoriello and Brian Burke would never, ever work in a situation in which they had to run everything past a board of directors.
These Leafs need fewer layers, not more.