Pat Quinn profile

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

PAT QUINN ... LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

Some notable moments in Pat Quinn's eight years (and seven seasons) with the Maple Leafs, both behind the bench and as general manager:

- Quinn's debut was a smashing one. In the 1998-99 season, the team equalled a club record for wins (45) and advanced to the conference final before falling to Buffalo.

- Named GM in 1999 joining Imlach and Conn Smythe as the only men in club history to hold both jobs.

- In 1999-2000 led team to first divisional title since 1962-63 and hit 45-win mark again.

- Again reached the conference final in 2001-2002, falling to Carolina. Series will be remembered for the Quinn's health problems brought on by an irregular heartbeat.

- Team set franchise records for points (103) and road wins (23) in '03-04. Rumbling about his future started when Flyers bounced them from the playoffs in second round.

- Acquired Darcy Tucker from Tampa Bay early in 2000 for Mike Johnson and some late draft picks. Tucker evolved into one of the more popular players of the Quinn era.

- Gave up Alexander Karpovtsev and a fourth-round pick to the Black Hawks that fall to acquire Bryan McCabe. Defenceman credits Quinn's coaching for his development into an elite player.

- In 2002, the big Irishman's popularity spread beyond Toronto when he coached Team Canada to a gold medal at the Salt Lake Olympics.

- That summer, Quinn makes one of his biggest free agent signings, bringing in goaltender Ed Belfour.

- At 2003 trade deadline Cup fever gets silly with the signing of fan favourite, Doug Gilmour. Return lasts all of a couple shifts before Gilmour is injured.

- Other notable free agent signings during his tenure included Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwendyk, Alexander Mogilny and Owen Nolan. Acquisitions to forget? How about Phil Housley, Jonas Hoglund and Aki Berg.

- Perhaps Quinn's worst transaction took place in 1999 when Fredrik Modin went to Tampa for lumbering defenceman Cory Cross. Error was compounded by waiving up and comer Steve Sullivan to open up a roster spot.

- In 2003-04, Quinn led Leafs to a sixth consecutive season in the playoffs.

- Eight-game losing streak this January led to Quinn's first missed playoffs here and ultimately to yesterday's dismissal.

- Quinn's Toronto tenure ended with a record of 300-222-52. His 657 career wins are fourth on the NHL's all-time list.


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