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11/27/07 12:40 PM
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Awesome. No way he survives the season. Peddie: Hiring Ferguson was a mistake Ferguson & Peddie The Canadian Press 11/27/2007 10:21:19 AM A day after Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. denied reports that he tried to fire coach Paul Maurice, Ferguson himself might be looking over his shoulder. Richard Peddie, the President of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, told the Toronto Sun that hiring Ferguson, who had no prior experience as a general manager, was a mistake. "To be honest, it was a mistake on my part for not fully understanding at the time what the job of being (the Leafs GM) in this market fully entailed," Peddie told the Sun. "Let's face it. It probably was the wrong place for a rookie general manager to start. I mean, all GMs make mistakes, but they are not under the constant microscope and scrutiny that you have in Toronto, which is, in our opinion, the top hockey market there is. "That is all hindsight now. John has had time to learn a lot since then." Under Ferguson, the Leafs have a 134-99-34 record and have made the playoffs just once in three NHL seasons. The 40-year-old executive was a dark horse hire in August of 2003, beating out high-profile candidates like Neil Smith and Steve Tambellini for the position. Ferguson came on board with no previous GM experience, but worked as assistant general manager and vice-president and director of hockey operations for the St. Louis Blues. He was also a member of the Ottawa Senators' scouting staff from 1993 to 1996. Peddie also denied reports that the Leafs have been looking for candidates to replace either Ferguson or Maurice. "We have not had talks along those lines with anyone since the summer," Peddie said to the Sun, referring to the off-season hunt for a senior adviser to help Ferguson. Despite the fan and media outcry for the team the make changes, he told the paper that they won't make any hasty decisions. "We're not reactionary in this tough time but we feel (the fans' anger)," he told the Sun. "We read the papers. We listen to the talk shows. We know, believe me."
11/27/07 12:52 PM
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wow....it took him that long to realize it was a mistake, I could've told them that 4 years ago, they can only blame themselves. However, if those rumors about hiring Milbury are true, they'll continue to be a loser organization that are lucky to have loyal (and sometimes ignorant) fans. Might as well fire Ferguson now, they just admitted that he was a mistake, its not like thats gonna motivate him him or anything.
11/27/07 8:43 PM
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lol Almost everyone in here could have told them any of this. Glad to see they want to continue the consistency and maybe as rumoured hire Millbury.
11/27/07 9:30 PM
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TSN commentator said that Peddie's head should roll for his comments.
11/28/07 12:57 AM
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Oh yea, also when does Peddie get fired. Or is his job safe as long as the fans keep coming in? See thing with the owners and corporate staff for the Leafs, they have no urgency to win. they fill the seats regardless, all they gotta do is get the team to the playoffs though so they can keep the fans at somewhat of an interest level and get some more revenue come playoff time. They should fire Ferguson and bring in neil smith already...a guy who's actually won a cup in a large hockey market.
11/28/07 3:53 AM
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lol@JFJ
11/28/07 12:37 PM
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its times like these when i really miss wc17
12/1/07 1:22 AM
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peddie should be fired. he has no idea about creating a winning team. tannenbaum was blocked trying to get bauman, holland, burke, lowe, the nashville guy. tannenbaum has much better hockey sense. the raptors won the atlantic when peddie wasn't allowed to meddle and colangelo was hired.

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