There have been some near misses over the years when it comes to the Boston Bruins losing John Ferguson Jr. from their managerial ranks, but this time it looks like it’s actually going to happen. “Fergie” as he’s known around the rinks is leaving the Bruins to take an assistant general manager post with the Arizona Coyotes, per the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy.
Further to Mark’s reporting, a source told me Ferguson will be joining the Coyotes organization https://t.co/WFu4kPr9T5
— steve conroy (@conroyherald) September 15, 2021
The Coyotes later confirmed that Ferguson Jr. had agreed to a multi-year deal to serve as the assistant GM in Arizona.
Ferguson was previously in the running for the Seattle Kraken GM spot when it was vacant and has been in the running for a number of executive positions after serving the Bruins well over the last seven seasons.
Ferguson was initially hired by Peter Chiarelli in 2014 during his run as Boston Bruins general manager and was serving as the Executive Director of Player Personnel with the Black and Gold. That leaves Bruins Assistant GM and ace capologist Evan Gold to oversee the Providence Bruins now that Ferguson is exiting the B’s organization.
Ferguson was previously GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs during a turbulent time from 2003-2008 that included trading Tuukka Rask to the Bruins for Andrew Raycroft and spent six years scouting the New England area for the San Jose Sharks. “Fergie” is the very definition of a good hockey man and there’s little doubt the Coyotes can use as many of them as possible as GM Bill Armstrong attempts to build something in Arizona with the Desert Dogs.
But there’s no doubt he’ll be missed in Boston.
Don Sweeney on John Ferguson Jr leaving B’s to take asst GM post in Arizona: “Wishing John Ferguson and his family much success and happiness in joining the Arizona Coyotes. I enjoyed working with and learning from John as he contributed to the Boston Bruins in multiple areas.
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) September 15, 2021
Good luck to Fergie in his new spot and now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Here’s the top-5 storylines for Pittsburgh Penguins development camp, and why they actually matter. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*It’s been a sad few weeks as far as deaths in the Boston Bruins family go, and they lost another good one this week with the passing of legendary second line center and two-time Stanley Cup champ Fred Stanfield. (Boston Hockey Now)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rob Simpson has a cheat sheet for this weekend’s rookie camp with the Vancouver Canucks. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
*The pride of Maine, Garnet Hathaway, has one of the best names in the NHL and remains a key piece for the Washington Capitals fourth line. (Washington Hockey Now)
*Pretty sweet Calgary Flames goalie mask for Jacob Markstrom for the upcoming season, eh?
.@JBoAirbrush has revealed Jacob Markstrom’s new mask which is rich with tributes to previous @NHLFlames goalies. Be sure to listen to the audio to hear all the elements to this amazing piece of art. pic.twitter.com/PyRwzdZ9Du
— Goalie Gear Nerd (@GoalieGearNerd) September 15, 2021
*There will be 11 new officials for the upcoming NHL season, which should lead to some really interesting situations given how much controversy has surrounded the on-ice officials over the last couple seasons. (Scouting the Refs)
*Who will be the best rookie in the NHL this season? It’s a hot topic for debate at this point in time. (NHL.com)
*For something completely different: We’ll leave you with this excellent bit about Montreal from the late, great Norm McDonald. So damn funny and so very Canadian. We’ll miss you, Norm.
Que son âme repose en paix.
— Montreal Expos ⚾️ (@Montreal_Expos) September 14, 2021