MLSEL's search on hold

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

Efforts to woo an advisor/mentor for Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. have temporarily been shoved to the backburner by Maple Leafs Sports &Entertainment Ltd.

Partially due to the passing Saturday of Ferguson's father, John Sr., the process "has been put on hold for the next week or so," MLSEL president Richard Peddie said last night.

"It may or may not happen,"Peddie said. "We want to make sure we get the right person and, if that doesn't happen, well, there is no real rush."

Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman heads the list of candidates the Leafs have kicked tires about. Bowman didn't want the job, and neither did Nashville GM David Poile, who opted to stay in Music City.

Former Boston Bruins general manager Harry Sinden and ex-Ottawa Senators GM John Muckler are among the others the Leafs are said to have considered.

Regardless of which names might have been -- or still are -- on the list, Peddie said there is no timetable for the search to be completed.

"Right now our roster is basically set so there is no urgency here," said Peddie, who returned to the office yesterday after vacationing for a couple of weeks.

Peddie will be in Windsor this weekend to pay his respects to the late Ferguson Sr., whose service is expected to draw a number of NHL dignitaries, both past and present.

The visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Families First Funeral Home and Tribute Centre. The Memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Church.

In lieu of flowers, the Ferguson family has requested donations be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital GU unit in Toronto; the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre Diagnostic Unit; or the Montreal General Hospital Cardiac Unit.

Ferguson Sr., the one-time Montreal Canadiens tough guy who was serving as a scout with the San Jose Sharks, passed away after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.


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