Ley also let go but Acton keeps job

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

The winds of change claimed two-thirds of the Maple Leafs coaching staff.

While Pat Quinn was fired and long-time pal Rick Ley was dropped as assistant, Keith Acton was retained.

"Ricky was relieved of his duties, Keith will remain in the organization in a yet-to-be determined capacity," general manager John Ferguson said.

As for Acton possibly ending up running the Marlies if Paul Maurice is promoted to the Leafs, Ferguson said, 'It's possible. It's a discussion for Keith and I, and at this point, I wouldn't rule out anything on that front."

Acton has not actively campaigned for an NHL job in his six seasons in Toronto, slipping into near obscurity under the legendary Quinn, but doing a lot of on-ice fitness work with injured or spare players.

Ley, who mostly worked the defence, has been with Quinn all eight years here, having known him since their playing days in Toronto and coaching for him in Vancouver.

SHARED IN SUCCESS

He shared in Quinn's success of 300 wins and some playoff success, but neither man did well grooming young prospects until they invaded the Leafs lineup this season.

Maurice said that working with the Leafs coaching staff, and Quinn in particular, was one of the reasons that drew him to Toronto last year as he sought to relaunch his career after being let go by the Carolina Hurricanes.

"I think there are only a handful of coaches of (Quinn's) ilk left," Maurice said.

"I had an opportunity to watch Scotty Bowman when I was (coaching the Detroit Jr. Red Wings) and Pat is a big reason why I came here, to watch and learn. And I have."

Maurice drew high praise for the work he did with the Marlies this year, as the club opens the AHL playoffs in Grand Rapids this weekend. It remains unclear what would happen to Maurice's Marlies assistants, Joe Paterson and Dallas Eakins, if he moves up to Toronto.

Leafs goalie coach Stephen McKichan was also retained by Ferguson.


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