Leafs face steamy, hazy summer

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:24 AM ET

Once the final nail has been put in the Maple Leafs' playoff coffin, the real fun will begin in Toronto.

While the media in Hogtown are calling for everybody's head, it's doubtful they're going to get their wish from Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.

But the word is somebody will pay the price for the 2005-06 debacle, and there are a couple of scenarios that could unfold after the Leafs' season end.

- No. 1: President Richard Peddie and coach Pat Quinn get the plug pulled on them by MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum. The belief is GM John Ferguson Jr. warned Tanenbaum long before the start of the season that missing the playoffs was a real possibility. That may have saved his job. The Leafs could then hire Hockey Canada's Bob Nicholson as president and promote Paul Maurice from the AHL to be their coach. The club takes a fresh look into next season and even considers moving captain Mats Sundin in the summer.

- No. 2: There's a second school of thought that everybody -- including Tanenbaum, Peddie, Ferguson Jr. and Quinn -- could all be fired. But the concern there is MLSE just went through an overhaul with the NBA's Raptors and might not like the optics of overhauling two franchises in such a short period of time. This is the most unlikely scenario to unfold.

One thing is certain: This is going to be an interesting summer for the Leafs and their beloved fans.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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