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Not that it will ease the considerable angst of a fan base headed for its seventh consecutive year out of the NHL playoffs, but the latest noble-but-doomed effort by the Toronto Maple Leafs showed a team headed in the right direction.
Yes, we know that direction for now is the golf course but bear with us.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise for anyone following the Toronto Maple Leafs in great detail: Head coach Ron Wilson isn’t going anywhere – even if his team misses the NHL postseason for a third year in a row.
General manager Brian Burke confirmed as much Wednesday, saying Wilson has “done a marvellous job” and would remain behind the bench for 2011-12.
Behind every great team is a great coach. And the NHL has more than it’s fair share of distinguished bench bosses this season.
The Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers have enjoyed a great regular season and you have to tip your hat to Alain Vigneault and Peter Laviolette for the job they’ve done.
Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle has made significant contributions to Boston’s blue line since the team acquired him on Feb. 18 from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
At the time of the deal, where the Bruins surrendered prospect Joe Colborne, a 2011 first-round pick and a 2012 conditional pick in the second round, Boston’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said he had every intention of signing Kaberle to an extension at the end of the 2010-2011 season.
Stephane De Costa is expected to come to a decision today on where he will sign. Over 20 teams are interested in this college hockey player, but only a few front runners left on where he will sign.