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Homecoming for Quinn

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

TORONTO — Pat Quinn isn’t about to ruin his homecoming with a bunch of grudges.

Not that he has any.

Despite being fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs four years ago, he has nothing but fond memories and good things to say about his time here. The firing part wasn’t so great, but he buried that dead horse long ago.

“As far as I’m concerned I had a tremendous time here,” said the second winningest coach in Leafs history.

“I had some wonderful

athletes to work with, met some wonderful people and the organization was terrific to me. I enjoyed it. I was, quite frankly, disappointed when the change came. But you move on. I don’t have time to deal in that part of it.”

The Leafs are planning a brief video tribute to Quinn during Saturday’s game.

“I heard somewhere I would be acknowledged during a stop in play,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s a tribute or what, but it would be a pleasure for me. I had a great time here.

“Nothing but really good memories.”

LATE HITS... Ryan Whitney didn’t practise yesterday after taking an Andrei Markov shot off the inside of the knee. He’ll give it a skate this morning and see if he’s able to play.

“My shin pad had moved and it caught me right on the knee,” he said. “It’s pretty swollen and sore but I’ll skate Saturday morning and see how it feels. I had X-rays and everything seems fine, it’s just one of those deep bone bruises.”

The Oilers will call up a defenceman from Springfield just in case.

— TYCHKOWSKI


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