Gilmour to take advisory role with Leafs

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:20 AM ET

No. 93 is about 93% assured of returning to the Maple Leafs in an advisory role.

Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson said yesterday he expects former captain Doug Gilmour will be brought aboard next month, though his duties are yet to be defined.

"I've had two meetings with Doug and it looks good," Ferguson said. "I can't say it's definite yet, in terms of salary and exactly what he'll be doing.

"It could be watching the players we have drafted, watching the Marlies, watching our games and then helping in some way (based on his observations). I plan to sit down with Doug after Labour Day and discuss it further."

It's possible Gilmour will do some on-ice work with players, though the Leafs are well-stocked in the assistant coaching/player development department. Two other former captains, Darryl Sittler and Wendel Clark, already serve as community ambassadors.

"Wearing the jersey was special, just like this potential opportunity could be," Gilmour told the Toronto Sun earlier this week.

"This is my home."

After his Leaf days ended in 1997, Gilmour played another five years in the National Hockey League, was traded back in 2003, but lasted just one game before suffering a career-ending knee injury.


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