Muckler keeps status a mystery

Former Ottawa Sentors GM John Muckler. (Ottawa Sun/Sean Kilpatrick)

Former Ottawa Sentors GM John Muckler. (Ottawa Sun/Sean Kilpatrick)

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

The Maple Leafs are adding players, auditioning prospects and about to release their 2007-08 schedule, but just who ultimately is going to run the hockey office this year remains a mystery.

Ex-Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler was not divulging anything about his meeting with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. executives on Friday, regarding a possible job as senior advisor to Leafs' GM John Ferguson.

"No comment ... I have no information for you," a polite Muckler said last night from his home in suburban Buffalo.

Ferguson, meanwhile, remains in the Windsor area, where his father John Ferguson Sr. is seriously ill with cancer.

Ferguson Jr. missed yesterday's opening of the Leafs' prospect camp in Toronto, where top draft picks from the past few years such as Jiri Tlusty and Dale Mitchell are getting instruction from strength and conditioning coach Matt Nichol and player development coach Paul Dennis. Yesterday included a 90-minute practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena, self-improvement courses and a team dinner.

The Leafs yesterday announced the signing of 32-year-old forward David Ling, who was the leading scorer on their St. John's farm club in 2004-05 with 88 points.

Ling, who is ticketed for the Marlies, spent the past two years with Moscow Spartak and Dynamo of the Russian Super League with 59 points in 93 games. He has also played 93 NHL games with Montreal and Columbus, getting eight points. The 5-foot-10 Ling was the Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year with Kingston in 1994-95.

The NHL schedule is due to be released in the next few days.

The Leafs, who are playing an exhibition game in Winnipeg against the Phoenix Coyotes, usually open the regular season against a Northeast Division rival on the first Saturday in October.


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