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John Ferguson didn’t take his usual route to the press box in Tuesday’s 5-4 Leafs win over Carolina, and he certainly didn’t take the usual route during an interview with the Toronto Star (more...), when he appeared to finally fight back against the brutal treatment he’s received of late and throw Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s board of directors under the bus.

According to the Star, Ferguson presented a plan to the team’s directors a couple years ago that would see the Leafs forgo short-term competitiveness in favor of a long-term rebuild.

“That plan was not approved,” Ferguson said.

Excuse me?

Is this the same board that hired Ferguson in 2003 with the express desire to construct a perennial winner, no matter how much it hurt to get to that point?

Were they just kidding at the time?

Most importantly, after his plan was rejected, why wouldn’t Ferguson have resigned right then and there?

Whatever the case, this situation in Toronto has reached farcical mass.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see a Monty Python-esque giant boot appear out of nowhere and squash the Air Canada Centre.

• Interesting to see Atlanta’s Marian Hossa come up with his best game (story/highlights) of the season – including his first hat trick of the year – Tuesday against Detroit.

You don’t suppose he’s ramping up his play as the trade deadline looms larger, do you?

I do.

Rumors have abounded since the summer that Hossa, an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, wants no part of re-signing with the Thrashers.

And by picking up his game at the most opportune time, he’s clearly doing all he can to expedite his exit from the team.

Adam Proteau is The Hockey News' online columnist and a regular contributor to His blog appears Mondays and Wednesdays, his Ask Adam feature appears Tuesdays and Fridays, and his column, Screen Shots, appears Thursdays.

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