Pat Quinn remained hospitalized Wednesday with an irregular heartbeat as the Toronto Maple Leafs prepared to go at least one more game of the Eastern Conference finals without their coach behind the bench.
"He's undergoing more tests and he will remain in the hospital until his heart is in regular rhythm for a long enough period of time that doctors believe it will remain in regular rhythm," Maple Leaf President Ken Dryden said Wednesday.
Dryden said Quinn could be released from the hospital as soon as today, but that it's "highly unlikely" Quinn will coach Game 4 in Toronto tonight and that he's "unlikely" for Game 5 Saturday in Carolina.
If a Game 6 is needed on Tuesday night, Dryden said it's "highly probable" Quinn would be back.
"As soon as the rhythm becomes stabilized, then basically you can go back and do what you were doing," Dryden said doctors told him.
Ed Belfour, coming off the worst of his five seasons with the Dallas Stars, won't be re-signed by the team.
Star General Manager Doug Armstrong said his club will not pursue Belfour when the veteran goaltender becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.
The Stars' decision to let Belfour go means Marty Turco will get his shot at being the team's No. 1 goaltender.
"Like anything in life, there are times you have to move on," Armstrong said. "We feel it's time to give [Turco] an opportunity to take a bigger role in this organization."
Belfour, 37, led the Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999 and is the club's winningest goalie.
Also Wednesday, the Stars signed former goaltender Andy Moog as an assistant to new Coach Dave Tippett. Moog signed a three-year contract.
The 42-year-old Moog played 713 NHL games for Edmonton, Boston, Dallas and Montreal before retiring after the 1997-98 season. *
Craig Hartsburg, who coached the Mighty Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks for six seasons, was rehired as an assistant coach by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Hartsburg was the Ontario Hockey League's coach of the year this season after his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds improved by 33 points from last season. He was the Flyers' assistant head coach in the early 1990s.
Hartsburg had a 184-190-69 record in three seasons with the Blackhawks (1995-98) and three seasons with the Ducks (1998-2001).