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By LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA
Since the verbal warning shots were having no effect, Ron Wilson took aim with his pen and struck off the names of high-profile forwards Matt Stajan and Niklas Hagman from the Maple Leafs lineup last night.
With a 0-5-1 record, its maybe time for a coaching change in Toronto.
Yes, its only been 88 games into Ron Wilson’s career as coach of the Maple Leafs but already he appears to have lost the attention of the players.
While the demise of the team early this season is not all his doing, he is part of the problem. And as the old saying goes, its easier to can the coach than dump 20 players, especially in a cap world.
Demitra’s rehab from shoulder surgery is not going well
Chris Chelios wants to win with the Chicago Wolves
Leafs were close on Gilroy
Habs balk at bringing versatile Dandenault back
Truculence, Belligerence, Testosterone and Pugnacity, only four words. But in Toronto words have a way of coming back to haunt you.
Dana Wakiji / The Detroit News
The Red Wings’ quest to return to the Stanley Cup Finals for the third consecutive season took a huge hit Friday.
Dumping Vesa Toskala, Jason Blake would free up cap space, allow boxed-in Burke to go after roster upgrades
The Leaf GM does appear to be a wee bit boxed in, partly by the lacklustre state of his team after four games, and partly by the Kessel deal.
THE CANADIAN PRESS
A new hockey book says the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Maple Leafs almost traded cities in the early 1980s.
The biography of one-time Oilers owner Peter Pocklington says the scheme called for the entire team to move to Toronto to play in Maple Leaf Gardens.
Jason Botchford, The Province
Just when the Canucks started looking like they were all right, their top sniper may not be.
Allen Panzeri, The Ottawa Citizen
Jason Spezza and Chris Neil, seatmates in the Ottawa dressing room, started some fireworks at the end of today’s practice with a brief fight.