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April 30, 2008 15:13 ET

Sportingbet sees Doug Armstrong or Brian Burke claiming Leafs GM job

UK-based sportsbook has former Stars GM and current Ducks GM heading long list of candidates

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Sports Editor LONDON, UK, VANCOUVER, BC, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - Online sportsbook Sportingbet.com is taking bets on who will become the next General Manager of the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sportingbet.com has odds for the 13 most likely candidates to get the job with the Maple Leafs, who fired John Ferguson Jr. in January and subsequently hired Cliff Fletcher as general manager on an interim basis.

Former Dallas Stars' general manager Doug Armstrong is a slight favorite to be hired in Toronto, at +333 moneyline odds.

Armstrong, who was named general manager in Dallas in 2002, was fired on Nov. 13, 2007 after the team started the 2007-08 season with a 7-7-3 record. He won the Stanley Cup as the Stars' assistant GM in 1999.

Other favorites are Colin Campbell, the NHL's Senior Vice-President and Director of Hockey Operations, and Doug Wilson, currently GM of the San Jose Sharks. Both are at +350 odds.

Campbell retired after 11 years as a player in 1985 and joined the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff, where he served as an assistant for five years. He moved on to a similar position with the New York Rangers. He eventually became head coach of the Rangers and was fired in 1998. He joined the league front office later that year.

Wilson played 14 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks and two years with San Jose. He was the first captain in Sharks history, serving two years before retiring after the 1992-93 season.

Other candidates include player agent Don Meehan (+400), Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke (+500), and interim GM Fletcher (+650).

Longshots include Detroit GM Ken Holland and assistant GM Jim Nill (both +1400) and Anaheim executives Bob Murray and David McNab (+1600).
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