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by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- Leafs GM and head coach Pat Quinn held his third annual golf invitational at Glen Abbey on Wednesday and raised $35,000 for the Kids Help Phone in the process.

But as much as Quinn likes golf and doing charitable work, they weren't the only things on his mind. Below are some of the comments made by the Leafs hockey boss.

Pat Quinn plans on adding players as the season goes on.
On Dmitry Yushkevich criticizing the organization after his departure

"He felt everybody was stonewalling him when he was telling everyone he wanted to play. Nobody was stonewalling," said Quinn about the blood clot that put Yushkevich out of the lineup on Feb. 5. "The only issue at play was his health."

"It was a medical decision, and then a coaching or management decision not to put him at risk. There was too much risk - a possible life-threatening situation.

"We weren't going to put him in that spot even though he would be the brave sort of guy, or stubborn or however you want to put it, saying, `I want to play, I want to play.' I knew he wanted to play but I don't think, in my position, I could let him play.'

On what he thought would happen if Yushkevich stayed

"We were pretty sure Yushkevich was going to (hold out) because his agent has done that before."

On what other changes may be on the way

"We have a situation where we can handle some more salary, if the situation presents itself, and it may. It probably won't be before (training) camp because teams will be in a let's-see-where-we're-going sort of mode at the start."

"There may be a (Pavel) Bure situation where the team doesn't want to pay him anymore, for whatever reason. That could happen and we want to be right there ready to do it. You have to have some assets (to trade) and we're starting to develop some young talent now and, hopefully, they'll be guys we can use if a trade comes up."

On Tom Barrasso returning to the Leafs

"We are still in the talking stage (with Barrasso). We have been talking to Tom for a while now, but we're not at a point where we have made a decision."

On the chances of Brad Boyes making the jump to the Leafs

"He has a chance to step in but, realistically speaking, it might be better off to put some time in (in St. John's). He's still hasn't got a man's body yet."

On Nik Antropov's progress

"We're hoping Antropov comes in and picks up where he left off the year he first got hurt."

Other Notes ...

Quinn expects newly signed Aaron Gavey to challenge for a spot on the Leafs. He also said that Alexei Ponikarovsky has a good shot at making the team.
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