Leafs extend Quinn

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:15 PM ET

OLD IS gold with the Maple Leafs as they officially announced yesterday coach Pat Quinn's contract extension.

The 62-year-old Quinn, with the highest points percentage success in club history, agreed to a reported two-year extension weeks ago, but the club preferred to hold the announcement until the end of the NHL's lockout was in sight.

It's believed he'll make around $1.5 million US a year.

Quinn is not the oldest coach in NHL history, with the Elias Sports Bureau giving that honour to Scotty Bowman, who was 68 when he guided the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 2001-02.

GOOD NUMBERS

Quinn, hired in 1998, ranks third in consecutive NHL tenure behind Buffalo's Lindy Ruff and Nashville's Barry Trotz as well as being second on Toronto's career wins list (259) and third in games coached (492).

He has stated firmly several times during the lockout that he has no intention of retiring soon.

He told the Toronto Sun earlier this year: "My years here have been filled with lots of joy, although there have been moments of sorrow sprinkled in there. I love the Maple Leafs. It has been an outstanding run and I look forward to staying on."

One reason he wants to keep going is that the Cup has eluded him through 17 seasons and 1,236 regular-season games. He has failed to get the Leafs past the conference final.

Yesterday's announcement comes five days after general manager John Ferguson hired 38-year-old Paul Maurice as coach of the Toronto Marlies, a four-year deal many believe puts him in line to succeed Quinn at some point.

Ferguson, who was hired two years ago and given half of Quinn's dual portfolio, seems to have a good working relationship with Quinn, despite a gap in their ages.

"Pat's record speaks for itself," Ferguson said in a release. "He is the best person to lead this team."


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