More from Mo on Day 1 on the job

LANCE HORNBY AND MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

New Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice didn't disappoint in his first news conference yesterday. Here's a few of his best observations on the Leafs, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, Teemu Selanne and the media:

- On the style his Leafs will use in 2006-07:

"The game we try and play in September will be the game we will play in June to win the Stanley Cup. The gap between the two is hopefully shorter than longer."

- On trying to watch the Leafs last year while on the road:

"This might surprise you, but they don't carry Leaf games in Binghamton, N.Y., on the weekend. The majority of time I watched the kids to have honest answers for them when they came back to the Marlies."

- On his first NHL job in Hartford:

"I was 28, I knew I was in way over my head."

- On being repIaced by Peter Laviolette in Carolina:

"I had a conversation with Peter because our kids were playing at the same rink. At the same time, we don't exchange Christmas cards."

- On the Hurricanes' Cup run this year:

"I'm cheering for guys like GM Jim Rutherford and (assistant coach) Kevin McCarthy. But I won't be in the parade."

- On being mistaken in public for Teemu Selanne:

"Not anymore. Did you see he lost a tooth? And he's let his hair grow."

- On the timing of his hiring by the Leafs:

"It just happens my parents are down (from Sault Ste. Marie) for Mother's Day. It's nice to be my age and see your mom and dad so excited about something that's happening in one of their kid's lives."

- On more ice time for Mats Sundin:

"Your best players have to play. You treat everyone fairly, but you can't possibly treat everyone equally, or we'd all be trying to buy (Sundin's expensive) house."

- On who could be promoted next year from the farm:

"The game that best suits the Leafs will be something we started with the Marlies. But there are no vouchers for the work you did before. They have to re-invent themselves each summer."

- On the omnipresent Toronto media:

"I know it's not always going to be friendly, but this job is something I wanted so I can't be complaining when (coverage) isn't favourable. In any profession, you want to work for (the big company), or the big newspaper and you want to coach the big team. That's the Maple Leafs."

- On critiquing the Toronto media:

"I read all your pre-season picks and there weren't a lot of Anaheims, Buffalos, Carolinas, or Edmontons and San Joses for that matter. None of you put Ottawa No. 1 because you live here."

- On his wish list from GM John Ferguson:

"Five more years for my contract."


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