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In conversation with Ken Dryden

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by John McCauley

TORONTO -- After five years of manning the ship, Toronto Maple Leafs President Ken Dryden believes the team is on the right course but just hasn't found its destination yet.

Dryden, whose exclusive interview on Leafs TV, conducted by host Brian Duff gave insight into many of the issues facing the Leafs heading into the 2002-03 season.

The 54-year-old executive looked back on all the progress the team has made during his tenure. Dryden realizes his job isn't quite complete with a 35-year Stanley Cup drought still on going.

Curtis Joseph remains a top priority for the Leafs.
"We have made progress but what we want to do is cross the threshold," Dryden said. "It's not interesting enough to be contenders."

For the Leafs to try and cross that threshold the team must try and solidify its goaltending situation. The Leafs don't have a proven goaltender under contract once the July 1 free agent period begins.

Curtis Joseph, Corey Schwab and Tom Barrasso are all unrestricted free agents. Most of the talk since the Leafs were bounced from the Eastern Conference Final has been whether Toronto can ink Joseph to a deal.

"I think it's crucial for a contending team and a winning team to have a established goalie," Dryden said. "We'll try (to sign Joseph). We would like to sign Curtis but we haven't been able to find that common ground previously."

Dryden discussed numerous other topics like the possible work stoppage in 2004, ticket prices, Pat Quinn's health scare and the heart and desire the Leafs showed in this year's playoffs.

Entering his sixth season as the captain of the Leafs ship, Dryden knows there are many other challenges to come and that's why he doesn't foresee himself changing roles any time soon.

Under Dryden, the Leafs have become bigger than ever and his contributions to that growth have made the organization tops in the league.

Be sure to tune in and watch the hour-long show with one of the most influential hockey executives in the business --- Check the schedule for date and time of rebroadcast.
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