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Ever since the summer there had been rumours of another move being made in the management ranks of the Saginaw Spirit - now it has happened....
The Spirit have relieved General Manager Don Edwards of his duties, and made Head Coach Todd Watson the man in-charge of the hockey operations department. The hiring of Edwards was awkward right from the start after the Spirit attempted to lure Peterborough Petes GM Jeff Twohey. Then they announced Sheldon Ferguson as the new GM, only to be told less than one week later that Ferguson had a change of heart - something you certainly can't blame Saginaw management for.
The Spirit are a fairly young team, and are without a 1992-born player on their roster after their first (Brandon Saad) and second round (John Parker) picks did not report. Edwards and Watson were not on the same page and everyone needs to be pulling in the same direction for a franchise to be successful. Sure, there can be disagreements behind the scenes, but at the end of the day there needs to be agreement. This did not appear to be the case with Edwards and Watson. Watson has much more experience in the OHL with his time working in Plymouth alongside Mike Vellucci and now in his second season with the Spirit.
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