Agent Says Leafs Ignoring Issue

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:32 PM ET

The Maple Leafs have buried their heads in the sand concerning the issue of injured forward Owen Nolan.

At least that was the insinuation made by J.P. Barry, Nolan's representative, who again is inviting Leafs general manager John Ferguson to look over the evidence.

"I will be in (Toronto) this weekend and welcome John to get together," the Calgary-based agent said last night.

"A number of times in the past several weeks, I have offered to sit down with the Leafs or have Owen examined by an independent expert of their choice to verify the opinions of our experts. The Leafs have chosen to refuse treatment of Owen and ignore the issue."

During his press conference in New York yesterday, Ferguson sounded confident that the Leafs were in the right and were poised to buy out Nolan's contract as planned.

Told of Ferguson's comments, Barry had some advice for the Toronto hierarchy.

"Personally, I think it would be in their best interests to sit down and review this evidence with me before they choose a course of action that could affect their future as well as ours," Barry said.

Barry has remained in Toronto to handle CBA business, including meeting with the NHL Players' Association to examine some of the nuances involved in the Nolan affair.

"I look forward to any form (the Leafs) choose to attempt to bring a resolution to this issue," he said.


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