From Dave Shoalts of the Globe & Mail:
Besides, Kirke is right. There is a good list of GMs coming along. Those believed to be in the final year of their contracts or available by July of 2009 are Burke and Doug Wilson, David Poile of the Nashville Predators, Darcy Regier of the Buffalo Sabres and possibly Doug Risebrough of the Minnesota Wild.
You can also add Jim Rutherford of the Carolina Hurricanes, Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings and Jay Feaster of the Tampa Bay Lightning to the wish list. Rutherford is thought to have an escape clause in his contract and so does Holland, according to a source. However, Holland could not be reached to confirm that. The Wings have already refused permission to the Leafs to talk to him.
Feaster has three years left on his contract, but with the Lightning's new owners turning the franchise into The Gong Show, he could be available.
Read the entire article here.
I am not going to start speculating on who will get the Toronto Maple Leafs GM position a year from now. I'm sure this will be the ongoing story in the Toronto papers for the next 12 months but I've already lost interest.