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Quinn will take another crack at ending drought

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn will return next
season, ending speculation that the team would make a change after
failing to get past the second round of the playoffs.

"Pat will be back. He's our coach and his record speaks for
itself," Toronto general manager John Ferguson said Thursday.

Quinn, who last summer relinquished his duties as the team's
general manager, has one year left on his contract.

Ferguson wouldn't say if Quinn will be offered an extension this
summer, but he did say that he hopes Quinn will coach beyond next
season.

"He's had well over 600 career victories, a franchise-record
103 points this season," Ferguson said. "We knocked out Ottawa in
the playoffs. We failed to advance past Philadelphia, but all in
all it was a strong season for us."

The Philadelphia Flyers eliminated the Maple Leafs from the
playoffs for the second straight year. Ferguson said the team
failed to meet its goal of winning the Stanley Cup -- something they
haven't done since 1967.

"Make no mistake we had a team capable of winning the Cup, not
just competing for it," said Ferguson, who thinks Quinn is capable
of leading them to a championship. "His record of success over
time, and his ability to compete for that Cup over time gives me a
great deal of confidence."

Quinn acknowledged he's coaching for a new contract.

"I'm driven to help this team reach it's goal," Quinn said.
"During my tenure here we've had six very good hockey teams, but
we haven't won it all and that's what's going to drive me."