Well-known Toronto lawyer Gordon Kirke was not about to be simple window dressing in his role on the two-man committee searching for a new head of hockey at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.
As such, Kirke made that point clear when he was approached by MLSEL president Richard Peddie to be part of the quest to find a full-time general manager over the summer.
"It's a one-time shot for me," Kirke told the FAN 590 last night. "I'm not going to put my name on the line unless I have a meaningful role."
He will have exactly that, joining Peddie to find a new president/GM on the search committee. Peddie said the advice of interim GM Cliff Fletcher will be sought in the search. Interestingly, Kirke said the search might result in the hiring of two men, not just one.
"You might have a president coming in who might bring his own GM to the table," Kirke said.
Fletcher said he would examine an expanded role in the organization for former Leaf captain Doug Gilmour, who now helps with player development.
Fletcher and Gilmour were slated to discuss the future as soon as possible.
Fletcher pulled off one of the greatest trades in Leafs history 16 years ago. On Jan. 2, 1992, Fletcher, in his first stint as Leafs GM, acquired Gilmour, Ric Nattress, Jamie Macoun, Rick Wamsley and Kent Manderville from the Calgary Flames for Gary Leeman, Craig Berube, Michel Petit, Jeff Reese and Alexander Godynyuk.
Many Leafs were disappointed at the firing of GM John Ferguson, feeling it was partially their fault. "He gave me a shot," forward Kyle Wellwood said. "I thank him for that. It's unfortunate that he is being held responsible. He was great to me. He always put faith in me. Hopefully we can still turn it around and prove for him that he did do a good job." Asked about the possibility of being dealt, Wellwood said: "It's just a regular thing. There are guys all over the league who are going to get traded. We just have to win."