TORONTO ó Pat Quinn isnít 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 wasnít so great, but he buried that dead horse long ago.
ďAs far as Iím concerned I had a tremendous time here,Ē said the second winningest coach in Leafs history.
ďI 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 donít have time to deal in that part of it.Ē
The Leafs are planning a brief video tribute to Quinn during Saturdayís game.
ďI heard somewhere I would be acknowledged during a stop in play,Ē he said. ďI donít know if thatís a tribute or what, but it would be a pleasure for me. I had a great time here.
ďNothing but really good memories.Ē
LATE HITS... Ryan Whitney didnít practise yesterday after taking an Andrei Markov shot off the inside of the knee. Heíll give it a skate this morning and see if heís able to play.
ďMy shin pad had moved and it caught me right on the knee,Ē he said. ďItís pretty swollen and sore but Iíll skate Saturday morning and see how it feels. I had X-rays and everything seems fine, itís just one of those deep bone bruises.Ē
The Oilers will call up a defenceman from Springfield just in case.