Much busier day than I expected…Burke is at it again. As the numerous head office announcements have been made over the past 6-12 months, you really had to start to wonder what kind of hockey operations we’ve had over the past 20 years. Adding bodies certainly doesn’t guarantee that we’ll win the cup any time soon but…you have to think it gives us a chance…and perhaps puts us on par with other successful organizations e.g. Red Wings.
Here is the press release from www.mapleleafs.com:
Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Saturday the addition of several individuals to the team’s scouting and administrative staff.
Former NHL players Steve Kasper and Rob Cowie will join Mike Penny and Tom Watt in the Maple Leafs’ professional scouting department.
Scott Carter, John McMorrow, Frank Neal, Pierre Rioux, Roy Stasiuk, Dave Starman have been added to the team’s North American amateur scouting staff. Joe Gibbs has also been appointed to the Maple Leafs’ European scouting staff.
Jim Hughes, former assistant coach for most of the past three seasons with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, has been appointed Director of Player Development.
Former General Manager Cliff Fletcher has signed a contract extension and will remain with the team for three more years in his role as Senior Advisor.
I don’t think that the Fletcher signing is news…but it is interesting that Burke has signed up the White Fox for 3-years.