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Today’s wild rumor: John Ferguson Jr. as future Blue Jackets GM?

Jan 15, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

John Ferguson Jr. AP

If you haven’t noticed, things aren’t going so hot in Columbus. They’ve already fired Scott Arniel as their coach, they’ve got a host of injuries making life harder, and GM Scott Howson’s job could be in jeopardy come season’s end.

Ottawa Sun writer Bruce Garrioch says that the name that’s being floated around as a potential successor to Howson is John Ferguson Jr. If you’re unaware of who Ferguson is and what his track record was in Toronto, consider this Garrioch’s way of telling you that things can get worse.

Ferguson was the Leafs GM from 2003-2008, a tenure that saw the Leafs make the playoffs in his first year in charge and never again after that. Ferguson was famous (infamous?) for signing veteran players to hefty contracts with no-trade clauses and having a poor drafting history. He’s also the guy that traded Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft. Yikes.

If Ferguson wound up in Columbus, the possibility of seeing things improve would not be very positive given his track record.

It’s just a rumor and Garrioch’s track record with rumors isn’t stellar, but if there are legs to this at all Jackets fans should be demanding better of everyone in charge of the franchise. With how poorly things went under Doug MacLean and now with Scott Howson, seeing Ferguson wind up in the same role would just be another shot in the gut to a fan base that doesn’t have much else left to give.

  1. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Correction – Rask for Raycroft AND a 1st round pick !! Before anyone tries to defend Ferguson & say “you never know what your getting with draft picks” remember that this deal was made right after Rask’s impressive performance at the World Juniors. JFJ was an awful awful GM, Joe is right – it will get even worse as hard as that is to fathom

  2. brucewaynewins - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Perhaps the owners wants the team to fail, driving down attendance so the team can be sold and or move.

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    My bad, that should have read Rask & a 1st round pick for Raycroft, not the other way around

    • shezbot - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Deal was straight up. Rask for Raycroft. [Source:

  4. jason9696 - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    The Blue Jackets would be insane to do this. JFJ ruined the Maple Leafs for years with some of his contract and trades.

  5. watchfullhose - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Never gonna happen. One finger salute to this loon in Ottawa.

  6. killerpgh - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Why not Craig Patrick?

  7. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Bruce Garrioch peddling a rumor that likely has no basis in reality…what a shock! This guy routinely just makes stuff up to make himself seem like he’s an insider.

  8. east96st - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    “Ferguson was famous (infamous?) for signing veteran players to hefty contracts with no-trade clauses and having a poor drafting history.”

    That’s the 11 year history of the Jackets almost summed up in one sentence. Add ridiculously one sided trades for the other teams and you would have nailed it. He’ll be a natural fit. Sadly, as a Jackets fan, I can see it happening. The only upside for Jackets fans, is Jackets ownership may consider him over-qualified.

  9. rainyday56 - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Vive les Chemises Bleus de Quebec!

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