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from Kevin Mitchell of PostMedia Network/Toronto Sun,

Q: You say you want to be the best coach of your generation. What more do you need to do to get there? Do you think you’re there now?

Obviously, Joel Quenneville’s doing a heckuva job, too. There’s lots of good coaches, guys who make it hard on you, and that’s why you’ve got to keep grinding. I get to work with (Quenneville), Trotsy (Barry Trotz), Claude Julien and Bill Peters at this World Cup, and to me, being the best at what you do is embracing lifelong learning and getting better every day. Some people would think that’s a burden. To me, that’s where the joy is. That’s where the fun is. It’s what makes life good.

Q: You obviously took on a big challenge with the Leafs. Is it safe to say you’d cement that legacy, if you turn things around in Toronto?

It’s not if. It’s when. The second thing I’d say is yes — the Leafs opportunity is a big, big challenge. But we’re going to make it happen. It’s a great city, an unbelievable hockey market. And now we have to get the hockey team back to its rightful place.

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