The Return of Quinn: Former Leafs Coach Visits Toronto for First Time

March 12th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

It's been four years since he last stood behind the bench in the Air Canada Center.

On Saturday night, he will finally make his return—standing behind the visitors' bench for the first time.

Pat Quinn came to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1998 after the team failed to make the playoffs the two prior seasons, only winning 30 games and finishing the season with 69 points in 1997-98.

His impact was immediate.

In just his first season behind the bench, he took a struggling team that had been dismal under former coach Mike Murphy and turned it into a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference. The Leafs finished with 97 points and 45 wins that year, 15 more than the previous season.

But it was in the playoffs that they made a real splash.

After beating the Penguins and Flyers in six games, respectively, they advanced into the conference finals against the Buffalo Sabres. They lost in five ...

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