According to Dave Shoalts at the Globe (as of 2:11 PM on January 11, 2008):
It appears John Ferguson will not serve out the final months of his contract as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.I'll believe it when I see it.
In light of the Maple Leafs' most recent losing streak, which culminated in a 5-2 loss Thursday night to the last-place team in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie said Friday morning that the board will be discussing Ferguson's future very soon. His contract expires in June.
For a man that's alleged to have been fired more often than all of Trump's moronic apprentices combined, Ferguson has somehow managed to hold on to his job, bringing misery and despair to most corners of Leafs Nation.
How JFJ survived this long is one of the deepest darkest mysteries of the Toronto Maple Leafs. His reign of error is right up there with Jonus Hoglund on the first line, drafting thee players from the 1989 Belleville Bulls and why (despite the use of flip charts, sock puppets and singing-dancing animitronic defencemen) Woznieski still can't figure out that it's a minor penalty to shoot the puck over the glass in the defensive zone.
If JFJ is canned (and rightfully so) it will be interesting to see how MLSE can completely botch hiring a replacement and how quickly the interim GM deals away the Leafs lottery pick.