If Quinn gets fired, it's up to MLSEL board

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

OTTAWA -- If John Ferguson Jr. decides it is time to making a coaching change with the Maple Leafs he won't have the power to simply call Pat Quinn into his office at the Air Canada Centre and tell him he's through.

Richard Peddie, the president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., said yesterday there is a little more to the process.

"In answering this question, I don't want to enhance the speculation and I'm talking only about procedure," Peddie said. "But with the team, (a firing) would be something the general manager (Ferguson) and president would recommend to the board.

"We had a board meeting last Thursday and it was not discussed. It would be the fiduciary responsibility of management to bring it to the board."

It's not uncommon in professional sports for general managers to have to get the green light from above when it comes to making personnel moves.

The Leafs are mired in a six-game losing streak -- the longest the club has experienced in nine years -- following their 4-3 loss against the Ottawa Senators last night. The next MLSEL board meeting is scheduled for late February but one could be held hastily if a situation called for it. Peddie said he has the confidence in Ferguson and Quinn to right the ship, but the struggles have been taxing.

"As (board chairman) Larry Tanenbaum would say: 'We're also fans,' so we get hit doubly hard with the losses," Peddie said. "As fans we don't like to see it and as bosses we don't like to see it."


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