Posted 1:15 PM ET | Comments 18
This is another classic example of John Ferguson Jr.'s incompetence as a GM, trading a 1st & 2nd round pick in 2007, and a 4th round pick in 2009 for Vesa Toskala and Mark Bell. This trade was dumb from day 1, first off this was the year the leafs finally had a chance to land a decent forward could've snagged Cherepanov or Esposito or many others that were still around at the 13th pick, the leafs badly need some a good young talent upfront. Instead JFJ decided to deal for Vesa Toskala, twice JFJ has made glaring mistakes on draft day, last year trading away a top goaltending prospect in Tuka Rask, for Raycroft hoping he would return to his rookie season form, guess what that didn't happen JFJ's hope trade didnt work out and cost us for the future.
Fastforward to 2007 and JFJ is at it again trading 3 picks for Toskala and Bell, hoping Toskala can maintain his form playing half a season for the full year, and hoping Mark Bell can somehow resurrect his career in one of the most difficult hockey markets in the world, where every move you make is in the limelight. I question why did JFJ try and accquire another goaltender when Justin Pogge is 1-2 years away from playing in the NHL. Mark Bell has a drinking problem JFJ knew that when he acquired him, and I wonder what on earth was he thinking by acquiring a guy with serious off ice issues. This trade has now blown up right in JFJ's lap, so now their is a good chance that Bell JFJ's hope trade for 2007-2008 will not even play a single game all year. MLSE needs to wake up and realize that JFJ has screwed up this team for years to come.
Mark Bell deserves to be suspended and sent to jail immediatley, none of these your an athlete sentences they should throw the book at these guys. NHL players like Bell are supposed to be role models for young kids watching the games on TV with their dads, and they need to realize that kids watch their everymove, the message the judicial system and the NHL is sending these kids is that it is ok to drink and drive, you will just get a slap on the wrist and everything will be fine. The NHL and the courts should make an example out of these guys and throw the book at them.
Mark Bell is an idiot for drinking and the getting behind the wheel of a car, JFJ is even more of an idiot for acquiring Bell in a trade knowing that he has off ice issues, Doug Wilson was probabbly throwing a big party when JFJ took Bell of his hands. JFJ should be stripped of his title as GM of the Maple Leafs, because year after year he destroys the future for this hockey club, and the MLSE board needs to stop running a business and start running a hockey club, by focusing on running the club, the business side of it will take care of itself, its time to stop building condos and start building a hockey club.