MONCTON -- A relaxed-looking Pat Quinn arrived at the Memorial Cup yesterday, but refused to discuss much further his firing from the Maple Leafs last month.
A part-owner of the Western Hockey League champion Vancouver Giants, Quinn went underground after he was let go by Leafs general manager John Ferguson on April 20. A week later, Quinn released a statement in which he thanked most of the Leafs employees he worked with and maintained his passion to coach had not withered. But there was little else revealed and in a brief conversation last night Quinn kept close to the vest.
"I don't have anything more to add," Quinn, accompanied by his wife, Sandra, said moments before the Giants squared off with the host Moncton Wildcats. "I talk to the media 250 times a year. That's enough."
Sources have said Quinn was surprised by the firing, which came two days after the Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins to finish their season. The Leafs ended strongly, losing just once in regulation in their final 12 games. Ferguson officially revealed a bad secret when he hired Paul Maurice on May 12 to coach the Leafs.
Though Quinn would like to continue coaching, he said there is nothing on the go regarding an NHL job.
"Not a thing," said the 63-year-old, who had a year and approximately $1.5 million US left on his contract when he was fired. "I don't know what the future holds at all."
One thing it won't hold for Quinn is greater involvement with the Giants.
"(The team doesn't) need any help," Quinn said. "They have an excellent staff. Owners should be owners and not anything else."
NHL openings, meanwhile, are being filled. The Los Angeles Kings have called a news conference for tomorrow, when they are expected to announce Marc Crawford is their new coach. Speculation has the Vancouver Canucks promoting Alain Vigneault from the Manitoba Moose, their American Hockey League affiliate.