Peddie target of Quinn's ire

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

Pat Quinn had refused to carve his former employers after he was fired by the Maple Leafs in April.

Perhaps Quinn figured enough time had passed.

The former Leafs coach, in an interview with CKNW radio in Vancouver on the weekend that was replayed yesterday on Leafs Lunch on AM640, threw a few verbal punches without naming Leafs names.

But does it sound like Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie was a target? Discuss amongst yourselves.

"What is success today?" Quinn said. "Is it just winning the (Stanley) Cup, or being a team that makes money? ... I don't know who defines success today. We have a lot of those middle managers, so to speak, the presidents that don't have a clue what is going on but might be able to build the logo. But you know what builds the logo? Winning hockey games.

"Anybody else who says they can come in and make something work, it's like in Toronto, you don't need to be the village monkey to do anything. That thing is sold out when it was just a lousy team. Let the people who are given the job to run the hockey team, let them run it."

Peddie said he had not heard the interview and refused to comment. Not long after he was fired, Quinn released a statement in which he thanked many in the Leafs organization. Peddie was not on the list.

Quinn also said "a lot of times guys who get put into the president's position think they have to respond to the fans somehow and tell them what their knowledge is and how they are going to be in control and how they are going to manipulate the coach and everybody else."

Though he has been linked to a consultant's job with the Dallas Stars, Quinn reiterated he wanted to coach again but did not have much interest in being a GM or a scout. Quinn turned down a coaching offer from the Boston Bruins earlier this summer.


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