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Ferguson Jr. starts in unkind conditions

John Ferguson Jr. is qualified to be an NHL GM. But Toronto isn't the best place to be starting a career.

Updated: August 30, 2003, 4:50 AM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

First it was an American. Now a U.S. college boy.

One can only wonder how many times Conn Smythe can spin in his grave.

The founder of the once great Maple Leafs franchise, of course, had trouble seeing eye-to-eye with French Canadians, let alone interlopers from across the U.S.-Canada border.

So, as if the trouble the franchise has had getting back to the level of NHL champion wouldn't be bad enough for Smythe -- if he's still observing from the great press box in the sky and ...

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