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Tue, 22 Jan 2008 23:35:19 GMT
Welcome Back Fletch

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired an interim General Manager. Welcome back Cliff Fletcher. Cliff was the orchestrator of the Leafs only rise in the last 40 years. A dozen years ago, he was hired for the same role and the Leafs went to the conference finals in successive years. Cliff is looking really old, so interim is a given. In the meanwhile, Cliff will bring in a new GM to replace himself, likely before the end of 2008. He'll then remain with the Leafs as an adviser. Fletcher didn't fair well in his last GM role with the Phoenix Coyotes, his only GM experience in the salary cap era.

Paul Maurice will remain as coach for the remainder of the season. That makes him a lame duck coach who is unlikely to return for the next season. I suspect Fletcher's first orders of business will be to prune the dead-weight from this team, look for younger talent and find a long term coach.

http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=350824

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