'Baby steps' for Gilmour into management

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

The man who closed Doug Gilmour's playing career with the Maple Leafs has him on a new career road that could wind up in his own office.

General manager John Ferguson confirmed yesterday the future Hall of Famer will become the Leafs' first professional development adviser.

"It's a chance for Doug to help us and learn this side of the business," Ferguson said with Gilmour at his side at the Ricoh Coliseum. "He'll assess our draft picks, give us feedback from our rookie tournament, our training camp, our prospects and apply his experience -- be it good, bad or indifferent.

"His presence in the organization means so much. There are things he did as a player that other organizations don't posssess."

Since having his already tenuous comeback from major knee surgery squashed three years ago, Gilmour has thought about coaching.

"I'm not that far removed from the game," he said. "This is a different way for me to learn the other side. It's baby steps right now, an opportunity to go to the management side or the coaching side."

Ferguson said there is no reason Gilmour can't follow the path of other former players to the bench or the executive suite.

"Take a look around," he said. "Guy Carbonneau went down to Dallas and did some different things and now he's behind the bench in Montreal. You see what Kevin Lowe has done in Edmonton. A lot of players in my dad's era and just after, such as Ken Dryden and Bob Gainey have done it. And look where Wayne Gretzky is."


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