Fire Ferguson: Simmons
When he arrived here from St. Louis, Ferguson talked about going back to basics, rebuilding the farm system, working the draft. As clumsily as he may have conveyed the message, there was some merit to his apparent plan.
At least, momentarily there was.
But then he traded away two first-round picks — a third if you count the 2005 choice, Tuukka Rask — three second-round picks and three fourth-round picks, for what amounts to Vesa Toskala, Andrew Raycroft and the suspended Mark Bell.
Ferguson will not survive another playoff miss, so it's hard to blame him for betting the farm going into this season. This team, unfortunately, is going to be paying for the fact they've had so few high draft picks, and so little in the development system, for a long, long time.
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