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05-08-2008, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by FerrisRox View Post
Because Fletcher's agenda was simple, purge payroll, stockpile draft picks and prospects to make that mess more attractive to potential GMs.

It's much easier for Fletcher - a short term hired gun - to come in and strip the franchise bare, because he doesn't care what the fanbase or media says.

If a new GM came in and his first order of business was to buyout a popular player or make a tough choice like trading McCabe for a draft pick, etc, that puts the pressure, and the ravenous media, on the new guy right out of the gate. (Torontonians might recall the ****-storm that was stirred up in John Ferguson's first week on the job when he said he had no interest in re-signing the gimpy-kneed Doug Gilmour.)

The idea was Fletcher could come in and make a lot of unpopular but neccessary moves to set it up to hand the keys to a new GM who could go about the task of rebuilding the organization. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way.
Good post. Thx.

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