Leafs, Coates part ways

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Maple Leafs director of player personnel Al Coates no longer is with the team, although president and general manager Brian Burke refused to confirm yesterday whether Coates has been fired or if he quit.

Reportedly he was pushed out.

"I have no comment," Burke said.

Coates was hired by the Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher last June, but the writing was on the wall for his departure with the hiring of Burke in November and Burke's subsequent hiring of Dave Nonis as the team's new senior vice-president of hockey operations last month.

Coates and Burke reportedly did not get along when Coates was Burke's senior adviser with the Anaheim Ducks.

Burke said upon being hired by the Leafs that no one in the team's front office would have to worry about their livelihood.

Fletcher also had no comment on Coates yesterday.


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