I just got a call from a friend who’s telling me that TSN is reporting that John Ferguson Junior has been fired by the Leafs and that Cliff Fletcher is rumoured to be on the way back in an interim capacity.
Film at 11. Hack journos, please commence preparing your “Cliff Fletcher needs to be fired as GM of the Leafs” articles. Difficulty: no referring to the trade of Brett Hull – besides the fact that Fletcher knew Hull was going to be good but needed to build for immediate success – undermining the central factual premise of one’s own argument – it’s just too dependent on facts and history. Point out that Cliff Fletcher is an old man; much older, in fact, than when the Leafs hired him before.
Update: It’s official. The Leafs are having a press conference right now.