Quinn Looking to Stay On

Mike Zeisberger -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

Pat Quinn is being tight-lipped about his contract these days, but there is one aspect of his deal with the Maple Leafs that he is willing to discuss. Simply put, he would like to have it extended.

"My years here have been filled with lots of joy, although there has been moments of sorrow sprinkled in there," Quinn said last night. "I love the Toronto Maple Leafs. It has been an outstanding run and I look forward to staying on."

Quinn's contract runs out at the end of the season, meaning the ornery Irishman could potentially have coached his last game in Toronto if the lockout wipes out the entire 2004-05 campaign.

TAKES A PASS

Quinn refused to confirm or deny a recent story on Rogers Sportsnet that indicated the Leafs must pay him $500,000 US if they do not extend his deal by Jan. 15, 2005.

"A lot of things that have been reported about my contract, including reports that I at one time had a veto in the choice of a new general manager, are erroneous," he said. "My deal is similar to that of many other coaches throughout the league. Other than that, talking about my contract is inappropriate."

Quinn said he and general manager John Ferguson have yet to hold serious discussions about a possible extension.

"Given what's going on in the sport right now, is it really that much of a pressing priority? The fact is, I want to stay here, and I have no intentions of doing anything else."

After recently returning from a vacation with wife Sandra, an enthusiastic Quinn was on hand up in the press box for the Baby Leafs-Binghamton Senators game last night at the Air Canada Centre. It was the first game Quinn watched at the ACC since being behind the bench for Canada's victory over Finland in the World Cup final back on Sept. 14.

"Just driving to the rink (last night) I was saying, 'Wow, there's a hockey game,' " he said.


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