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Quinn takes shot at Leafs
Sportsnet.ca
August 30, 2006

Former Maple Leafs head coach Pat Quinn has finally voiced his opinion on his time in Toronto, and depending on where you sit, it wasn't complimentary.

"What is success today?" Quinn said on CKNW radio over the weekend. "Is it just winning the (Stanley) Cup, or being a team that makes money? ... I don't know who defines success today. We have a lot of those middle managers, so to speak, the presidents that don't have a clue what is going on but might be able to build the logo. But you know what builds the logo? Winning hockey games.

"Anybody else who says they can come in and make something work, it's like in Toronto, you don't need to be the village monkey to do anything. That thing is sold out when it was just a lousy team. Let the people who are given the job to run the hockey team, let them run it."

Despite what seemed an obvious dig at Leafs management, Quinn was quick to backtrack on the comments, saying the Toronto media has misinterpreted his words.

"That's a false interpretation," Quinn told the Toronto Star. "It's typical of the Toronto media. It was not intended to take any shots. We were talking about the game. It's typical of what happens with radio stations and writers too, they take little bits and use them the way they want to.

"The interpretation, or whatever is being done, is unfair to the comments that I've made and it's unfair to my feelings about my time in Toronto. It's typical. You say nothing, and it comes out however some jerk wants to put it or you say something and someone will interpret it the way they want."

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ARTICLE #2

Quinn: No shots from me

Says comments not aimed at MLSE
Blasts media for `false interpretation'
Aug. 30, 2006. 06:09 AM
PAUL HUNTER
SPORTS REPORTER

Even in absentia, and Pat Quinn has been gone from the Toronto hockey scene for four months now, the fired Maple Leafs coach remains the subject of fascination here, with every utterance subject to interpretation.

But his role as a controversial Rosetta stone to the inner-workings of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment is one that Quinn finds a frustration.

Yesterday, for example, a wide-ranging interview with Quinn, taped in Vancouver on the weekend, was aired in snippets on Leafs Lunch, the afternoon hockey program on AM 640.

Responding to a question that was not part of the broadcast, Quinn talked about the proliferation of middle management, often from business backgrounds, in hockey front offices.

"I don't know who defines success today but we have a lot of those middle managers, so to speak, the presidents that don't have a clue what's going on but might be able to build a logo," said Quinn in the interview.

"But you know what builds the logo? Winning hockey games, that's what builds a logo. Anyone else that says they can come in and make something work. ... It's like in Toronto, you don't need to be the village monkey to do anything. That thing was sold out when it was just a lousy team. So let the people that are given the job to run the hockey team, let them run it."

Quinn's comments were interpreted by some as a shot at his former employer, likely MLSE president Richard Peddie, and his obsession with growing the Leafs brand. Surely, those were thinly veiled comments from Quinn about overly meddlesome upper management in Toronto.

"That's a false interpretation," Quinn said last night when reached in Vancouver. "It's typical of the Toronto media. It was not intended to take any shots. We were talking about the game. It's typical of what happens with radio stations and writers too, they take little bits and use them the way they want to.

"The interpretation, or whatever is being done, is unfair to the comments that I've made and it's unfair to my feelings about my time in Toronto. It's typical. You say nothing, and it comes out however some jerk wants to put it or you say something and someone will interpret it the way they want."

Quinn was turfed in April after seven seasons behind the Toronto bench when the Leafs failed to make the playoffs for the first time during his tenure. He was subsequently replaced by Paul Maurice.

Quinn has kept to the high road since his firing, declining opportunities to discuss his departure — "I have nothing to say about that. Even when you try to say good things ..." he said yesterday — but he has made himself available to comment on hockey and his own future. The 63-year-old said this latest interview shouldn't be construed as him breaking the silence on the Toronto situation.

"I was talking in general about hockey and, occasionally about Vancouver here and that was going back 15 years ago. I don't think Toronto was even mentioned once except for the fact the business side there was always a good business, even when Toronto was not a good team," said Quinn.

"You can't win. Even when I left, without even saying anything, people were suggesting that by not saying anything, I was taking shots at (the Leafs). As for whether I was taking shots at my former employer (now), the answer is no."

In Toronto, Quinn also served as general manager for four seasons and he said he "absolutely" had autonomy to run the hockey department.

"How the conversation (in Vancouver) started was about building the logo and building the business and the way you do that is to leave the hockey people alone and let them run the business," said Quinn. "That's being interpreted as me saying that didn't happen (in Toronto). Well it did happen there. When I was manager it was my job to run the hockey side and I did that."

As for his future, it has been widely speculated that Quinn will sign on with the Dallas Stars as a consultant to general manager Doug Armstrong. Quinn said he has talked with Dallas "but it's not even at a stage where you could discuss it in a public sense."

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ARTICLE #3

Peddie target of Quinn's ire
By TERRY KOSHAN, TORONTO SUN
Wed, August 30, 2006

Pat Quinn had refused to carve his former employers after he was fired by the Maple Leafs in April.

Perhaps Quinn figured enough time had passed.

The former Leafs coach, in an interview with CKNW radio in Vancouver on the weekend that was replayed yesterday on Leafs Lunch on AM640, threw a few verbal punches without naming Leafs names.
But does it sound like Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie was a target? Discuss amongst yourselves.

"What is success today?" Quinn said. "Is it just winning the (Stanley) Cup, or being a team that makes money? ... I don't know who defines success today. We have a lot of those middle managers, so to speak, the presidents that don't have a clue what is going on but might be able to build the logo. But you know what builds the logo? Winning hockey games.

"Anybody else who says they can come in and make something work, it's like in Toronto, you don't need to be the village monkey to do anything.

hat thing is sold out when it was just a lousy team. Let the people who are given the job to run the hockey team, let them run it."

Peddie said he had not heard the interview and refused to comment. Not long after he was fired, Quinn released a statement in which he thanked many in the Leafs organization. Peddie was not on the list.

Quinn also said "a lot of times guys who get put into the president's position think they have to respond to the fans somehow and tell them what their knowledge is and how they are going to be in control and how they are going to manipulate the coach and everybody else."

Though he has been linked to a consultant's job with the Dallas Stars, Quinn reiterated he wanted to coach again but did not have much interest in being a GM or a scout. Quinn turned down a coaching offer from the Boston Bruins earlier this summer.
 
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