Age can't cage Eagle

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Ed Belfour may be a senior citizen in the NHL but he has no desire to see a cut in his workload.

The 40-year-old Maple Leafs goaltender played in 59 games two seasons ago and has designs on playing in 60 this season, health permitting.

"I feel comfortable with 60 games," Belfour said after an on-ice workout at a Toronto-area rink yesterday. "It wasn't too much of a load for me (in the past). I've played 70, 74 (in one season) and that can be quite a bit. But 60 is a good number for me."

In his past seven seasons, Belfour has averaged 61 games played. One of Mikael Tellqvist or Jean-Sebastien Aubin is expected to win the role of Belfour's backup.

MCGUIRE NEW BOSS

E.J. McGuire has succeeded Frank Bonello as the director of NHL Central Scouting.

McGuire, whose resume includes a long list of coaching and scouting jobs at several hockey levels, joined Central Scouting in 2002. McGuire spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach with Philadelphia, Chicago and Ottawa in the NHL.

Bonello will remain with the NHL as a consultant to the league's hockey operations department. Bonello joined the league in July 1988 after 17 years as general manager and coach of the Toronto Marlboros.

GILL STAYS IN BOSTON

Restricted free agent defenceman Hal Gill re-signed with the Boston Bruins, agreeing to a one-year contract.

The 30-year-old Gill has 19 goals and 68 assists in seven seasons with the Bruins. He played 31 games for Lukko Rauma in Finland during the lockout.

MUIR SIGNS WITH CAPS

The Washington Capitals signed defenceman Bryan Muir, who was acquired from Los Angeles in a Aug. 12 deal for future considerations. The 32-year-old native of Winnipeg has five goals, 15 assists and 167 penalty minutes in 181 games in nine seasons. He played for the Stanley Cup-champion Colorado Avalanche in 2000-01.

BRIEFLY

The Edmonton Oilers acquired Yan Stastny, son of Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, in a trade from the Bruins for a fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft ... The Vancouver Canucks added former defenceman Harold Snepsts to the scouting staff and signed 2004 draft pick Mike Brown. Eric Crawford who spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, has been added to the Canucks' pro scouting staff ... The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim came to terms on one-year contracts with defenceman Kent Huskins and centre Geoff Peters ... The New York Rangers signed forward Dominic Moore and defenceman Bryce Lampman ... Veteran announcer Mike Emrick was named as the main play-by-play voice for OLN's NHL coverage.


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