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12-30-2012, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Frankie View Post
why shouldn't he have been hired in the first place? you're judging him based on his time in toronto, which wasn't close to 10 years.

his title was gm, so we have to assume he had the same powers and authority as any other gm in the league. doesn't really matter much to your argument though. if someone else was pulling the strings, then that person should have gotten 10 years before being judged.

if you buy ken holland's idea, then you have to admit jfj was judged far too early into his tenure and should have been given 10 years.
Previous to becoming GM of the Leafs, JFJ was a scout for San Jose. He had shown no ability whatsoever to be in a management role. Let alone one that comes with the pressures of the NHL largest market. Furthermore, Pat Quinn should never have been let go. He was on a string of playoff appearances but was forced out because ownership thought they could run the team better. It was an insult to a great man and good GM.

JFJ was young and controllable. Quinn was not. When Burke was hired, he made it abundantly clear he would only accept the position if he was given complete autonomy in hockey operations. It was known league wide that JFJ was nothing more then a puppet.

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