TORONTO (CP) - Richard Peddie said he expects Leafs president Ken Dryden and coach-GM Pat Quinn will be staying with the organzation, the Toronto Star reported.
But the president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment was guarded in his words about each man's role.
Peddie said he can see the team splitting Quinn's duties, but it may not be this summer.
"Pat has two years left on his deal and that is not a long time. He may have both roles right through to that time,'' Peddie told the Star. "That will be for Ken, Pat and myself to decide and it will be done in a collegial way.''
Quinn made it clear he wants to keep both jobs, while bringing in a young executive to be groomed as his successor.
Peddie maintains that unlike Quinn, Dryden does not have a formal contract with the team, but said all vice-presidents with MLSE have what he called "an employment letter. What the deal is, is we keep our jobs if we do a good job.''
"I would be very surprised if Ken was not with us. It is definitely our intent to have him back,'' Peddie said.