Leafs to look to Muckler?
Scotty Bowman has turned down the overtures of a three-year contract worth at least $6 million because he determined he couldn't, or didn't want to, work for CEO Richard Peddie.
Bowman's reluctance has opened the door wide for former Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler to wind up as the senior hockey decision-maker in the Leafs operation.
My pal Pete Evans, this blog's resident Leafs expert, had some good thoughts on the matter today when I brought it up on email: "Say what you will about the Toskala deal, but Raycroft and Toskala are making less combined than the Sens' backup goalie will make this year. And I don't see how you can claim McCabe's contract looks any worse than Redden's right now. Muckler's not exactly blemish-free in the capology department.
"Anyway, all this crap about hiring an 'adviser' is typical MLSE meddling mediocrity. Instead of coming out with a clear decision like 'yup, JFJ's our man', it's 'JFJ's our man, but just in case he isn't, here's our backup plan, somebody to watch over him who will only end up (a) trying to get his job or (b) interfering in proposed deals to the point that nothing gets done.'"
Sounds about right. And I couldn't have said it better myself.