With the Paul Maurice era beginning today, there's a poll up on the website for best Leafs coach in the post-1967 era. Here's a quick rundown of the candidates and their bona fides, including their best playoff run:
Pat Quinn ('98-2006). Record with Leafs: 300-222-52 (26 OT/shootout losses) (.565); Went to conference final twice. Solid record, had a stint at GM.
Pat Burns ('92-'96). Record with Leafs: 133-107-41 (.546); Went to conference final twice. Maybe came closest to getting Leafs a Cup.
Red Kelly ('73-'77). Record with Leafs: 133-123-62 (.516); Went to Cup quarterfinal four times. Pyramid Power, and a couple of wild series with the Broad Street Bullies.
Roger Neilson ('77-'79). Record with Leafs: 75-62-23 (.541); Went to Cup semifinal. Refused to wear the paper bag, more renowned as an innovator.
John Brophy ('86-'88). Record with Leafs: 64-111-18 (.378); Went to golf course. I suspect someone is doing some leg-pulling putting him in here.
Seems like a two-horse race, doesn't it? I'll take Quinn, quite comfortably.