Monday, March 3, 2008

With friends like these...

John Ferguson Jr. could have helped this franchise by scrapping last year's lineup and starting a rebuilding project. But he didn't, because it was more important for him to stay the course and hope for a contract extension.

Richard Peddie could have helped this franchise by bringing in Scotty Bowman last summer. But he didn't, because it was more important for him to protect his political turf.

Mats Sundin could have helped this franchise by accepting a trade to a contender. But he didn't, because it was more important for him to stay in his personal comfort zone.

McCabe, Tucker and the rest of the no-trade brigade could have helped this franchise by exiting gracefully when it was clear they weren't wanted. But they didn't, because it was more important for them to keep their wives happy.

Paul Maurice could help this franchise by giving the kids some ice time and not playing Toskala until his groin snaps. But he won't, because it's more important for him to use the next month to audition for his next coaching job.

Which begs the question... is there anybody cashing a paycheck from this team that actually cares whether it ever wins a thing?

And if they don't care, remind me again why we should?




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