Quinn calls for leniency

LANCE HORNBY and TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn backs Ottawa Senators coach Bryan Murray's call for the National Hockey League to be more lenient about physical play in front of the goal.

"You should still have the battles around the net," Quinn said. "Not the holding, nobody wants that. But you should be able to block a guy off. You are entitled to your area."

Quinn, a former NHL defenceman, is upset so many Leafs are being whistled for what he thinks is routine contact in the slot.

"Just because a guy gets pushed in that area and falls down like they all are now ... that's disgraceful," he said.

"We need a red card or a yellow card (such as in soccer) for the number of fall-downs. As soon as the stick's on somebody (they go down). That part needs to be clarified by our league better."

O'NEILL CASE SETTLED

Forward Jeff O'Neill pleaded guilty earlier this month in Raleigh, N.C., to driving while intoxicated, according to court records.

O'Neill received 12 months of unsupervised probation after he pleaded guilty to a level five DWI charge, a misdemeanour, according to court records.

Last March 12, O'Neill, who was traded to the Leafs from the Carolina Hurricanes this summer, was arrested near his former home in the Raleigh area.

Police saw O'Neill urinate in the parking lot of a shopping mall, according to court records.

BRIEFLY

Quinn was not fazed that Sports Illustrated has dim projections of the Leafs this season, picking them to finish 20 out of 30 teams. He noted the magazine has underestimated the Leafs in most of its recent predictions ... Defenceman Brad Brown remains on Toronto's 31-man roster, but is practising with the Marlies ... In what had to be a first for the Leafs, a Polish newspaper was represented at the Air Canada Centre yesterday, doing a feature on native son Mariusz Czerkawski.


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