Trapp replacement on hold

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

A new director of amateur scouting for the Leafs won't likely be in place until after the June 24 draft in Vancouver.

General manager John Ferguson told Barry Trapp on Sunday that his contract wouldn't be renewed after four years with the organization. Trapp had been brought in by GM/coach Pat Quinn, who was let go in April.

"Though I didn't hire Barry, that had no bearing on my decision," Ferguson insisted yesterday. "We have a good staff in place for the draft in (player personnel director) Mike Penny and Dave Morrison, Mike Palmateer and the rest of our scouts."

RASK RISKY FOR CAMP

The Leafs will extend an offer for goaltender Tuukka Rask to attend training camp in September, but there are no guarantees he can get around his commitments to the Finnish army.

"All we know is the Finnish players we've talked to this week (at the NHL draft scouting combine) have told us he will be starting his (nine-month) service soon," Penny said. "Maybe he can do it at a military base near his home, but I don't know yet what that means for our prospects' camp (here next month) or the full training camp (likely in Toronto)."

Rask was the Leafs' No. 1 pick from the 2005 draft.

SHARING THE WORKLOAD

Ferguson is said to be interviewing candidates to fulfill the duties of an assistant GM, though the successful applicant would not go by that title.

Talk show host Bill Watters held that title for much of the Quinn era before parting ways with the Leafs in 2004.

Such a hire might relieve some of the workload from Penny, who has served a director of player personnel along with being the general manager of the AHL's Toronto Marlies.


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