A summer full of questions

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:15 PM ET


 Questions the Leafs must grapple with next season -- if there is one.

 - 1. Will Pat Quinn be back?

 He has a year remaining on extension he signed midway through 2001-02. After taking the Leafs to a record 103 points, the 61-year-old intends to return, though general manager John Ferguson must decide whether a second-round elimination amidst a string of injuries warrants a job review.

 "I've enjoyed my time here and I'm not ready to be put out to pasture," Quinn said last night.

 - 2. Which Leafs will definitely not return next season?

 Defenceman Calle Johansson, 37, intends to go back to scouting for the Washington Capitals. Winger Mikael Renberg likely will play in Sweden if his injured hamstring allows him. The Leafs won't offer Robert Reichel the $3.25 million US he made this season, so if he wants to stay, it will be at reduced pay.

 Asked about the age of the Leafs last night (31.4 average entering the series), captain Mats Sundin was in support of the status quo.

 "They look young at heart," he said. "We had a good dressing room and a good atmosphere."

 - 3. What is goaltender Ed Belfour's status?

 Since the Leafs didn't win five playoff rounds or a Cup the past two years, Belfour is a free agent as of July 1. The Leafs made overtures on a new contract at the end of the regular season, but Belfour would be wise to see what he's worth on the open market.

 - 4. Who is under contract for next year?

 Mats Sundin, Owen Nolan, Brian Leetch, Alex Mogilny, Tie Domi, Matt Stajan, Chad Kilger, Nathan Perrott and Wade Belak.

 - 5. Which new players have a chance to make the team?

 Defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo has been close a couple of times. The Leafs will give Mikael Tellqvist a chance to be No. 1 if Belfour bolts. Pierre Hedin, Brendan Bell, Ian White and Jay Harrison will get a look on defence.

 - 6. Will there be any changes to the hierarchy of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. that affect the hockey team?

 The contract of Richard Peddie, MLSEL's president, is up in the summer and his return is not certain..

 - 7. Will the St. John's Maple Leafs be moved?

 St. John's is seeking to have its fees reduced by the parent company, while MLSEL is concerned that the distance the Baby Leafs must travel is harmful to player development. A decision should be reached in a few weeks.

 - 8. Where do the Leafs draft in June?

 With previous deals for Brian Leetch deal and Glen Wesley last year, they are currently picking third in the third round.


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