Mighty Quinn? Ex-Leafs coach may get new shot

BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 11:43 AM ET

Pat Quinn is suddenly a hot commodity.

Once the world junior championship wraps up in Ottawa tomorrow night, the former Toronto Maple Leafs GM/coach could be coming to an NHL bench near you.

The 65-year-old Quinn may have plenty of options to choose from after being out of the league since April 2006.

There has been plenty of talk linking him to the Senators after owner Eugene Melnyk was seen giving Quinn a hug after Team Canada's 8-1 victory over the Czech Republic in the first game of the tournament, but a couple of other teams may show interest.

League sources say the Pittsburgh Penguins (Michel Therrien) and Edmonton Oilers (Craig MacTavish) may be seriously considering moves behind the bench.

MacTavish has been on the hotseat all season.

The Oilers deny president Kevin Lowe is going to go behind the bench. MacTavish has the backing of owner Daryl Katz, but if management wants, a change could be made.

The Penguins players have never been thrilled with Therrien, but he's always been protected by owner Mario Lemieux.

OFF THE GLASS

Team Canada C John Tavares may have sealed the No.-1 spot in the draft with his performance at the world junior championship. Sure, there's a lot of the season left, but the Oshawa Generals forward has been head and shoulders above Swedish D Victor Hedman. "I don't know what's wrong with Hedman. He looked better last year playing as an underage player," said an NHL scout. "He's still a good player and you judge them on the whole year, but Tavares has been excellent." Tavares will return to Oshawa after the world juniors, but is expected to be dealt to London. There's talk the Knights might put cash into the deal ... The belief is the Bruins will keep goalies Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez, both UFAs July 1, rather than move one at the trade deadline. The Bruins could then sign Thomas to a contract before the summer. It makes sense because Thomas is popular in the Boston dressing room.

AROUND THE BOARDS

Denver University prospect C Tyler Bozak had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and likely won't play the rest of the college season. Still, that hasn't got NHL teams backing off on him. There's a good chance once he becomes a free agent in March, somebody will sign him and he'll play in the league this season ... The way former Senators G Ray Emery has played in Russia this season has sparked renewed interest from a couple of NHL teams. He doesn't have an out clause in his contract, but if he wants to return to North America next year, there will be an opportunity. ... Expect to see Florida G Tomas Vokoun dealt in the near future. He isn't getting along with coach Peter DeBoer.


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