November 27, 2007 @ 09:25
Forget the Maple Leafs dismal record of only eight wins in 24 games, forget the fact they're 14th in the eastern conference and don't appear to be coached very well or managed very well, the problems go way beyond that and they were blatantly exposed in the Toronto Sun this morning.
Mike Zeisberger reports that Maple Leafs President Richard Peddie has publicly admitted that hiring John Ferguson Jr. was probably 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 said.
"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."
Well that's it! That's all you need to know about this organization and where the problems begin. Not that we didn't know it before now, but having Peddie actually come out and admit he doesn't know what he's doing is a major breakthrough.
It's like coming to grips with the fact you have a alcohol or drug problem. You have to admit it to deal with it.
I don't know about you, but I actually feel a little better this morning, although it's got to be extremely humiliating for JFJ.
Maybe this is step one in a ten step program of getting rid of Richie boy.