Jury out on new coach

SAGAL ALI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Fans have mixed feelings about new head coach Paul Maurice but agree changes must keep coming if the Leafs are to win the Stanley Cup.

The Toronto Marlies coach, Maurice, 38, was promoted to the big team yesterday.

His supporters say they're excited to see him with the Buds.

"I think it's an improvement. He's got the proven track record and he's ready. The players are ready, too," said long-time fan David Rukavina. "Maybe new blood will help."

Others question whether he will be able to lead an NHL team to victory.

"I was hoping they'd get someone with more experience. I guess we'll see, but I don't foresee big changes." Craig McMahon, 38, said.

Leafs coach Pat Quinn was fired in April, days after the team's elimination from the playoffs. It was the first year the Leafs hadn't made it to the playoffs in Quinn's eight-year stay.

Some say the team's problem is upper management.

"I think if they got rid of (general manager John) Ferguson, it would make the difference we're looking for," Jay Strano said.

"I'll give Maurice a few years though."

Some believe Maurice will not bring home the cup any time soon.

"I was a supporter of Quinn, but he didn't like the new rules. This new guy ... I don't think he'll do better," said George Brown, 50.

Quinn's firing didn't go over well with fan Fritz Wahl.

"I'm still upset that they fired him. This new guy won't do the job. Quinn should've had another chance. He missed the playoffs just once. That isn't right," Wahl said.


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