Burke sticking with Wilson

A day after yet another loss, which ignited calls for the firing of head coach Ron Wilson, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke says a change behind the bench was not in the cards.

“I’m not contemplating a coaching change,” Burke told ESPN.com.

The Leafs are winless in four games (0-3-1) and have won only once in nine games (1-7-1), outscored 35-17 during stretch, to slide out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Burke went on TSN radio in Toronto on Wednesday and suggested the Leafs would look at what’s out there on the goalie trade market, given the struggles of Jonas Gustavsson and James Reimer.

But Burke, as of 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday, said nothing was imminent on the trade front.

While Burke refused to discuss specific names, sources confirm the Leafs have talked to Columbus about Rick Nash but my sense is that they were not close on that front.

On the goalie front, it’s believed Toronto has interest in Evgeni Nabokov, but Isles GM Garth Snow told ESPNNewYork.com’s Katie Strang on Sunday that he was not looking to move the UFA-to-be netminder. The Isles and Nabokov’s agent, Don Meehan, have discussed a contract extension over the past week.

As I reported earlier this past week, the Edmonton Oilers and Leafs have also chatted about Nikolai Khabibulin but my sense is that Toronto isn’t keen on that extra year on the goalie’s contract.


42 Responses to Burke sticking with Wilson

  1. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I've been on this site for five/six years…

    And mostly everyone that had a brain left. Unfortunate.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    everyone that has a brain, or just doesn't see it exactly as you do? There are many ways to view building a team. That doesn't make themwrong, or you for that matter. Take your view on Grabo, not as bad as you have to be but not a the height as some others see him. Truth is his play is in the middle. Same with Kulie, while his numbers are down, he is +3 so he is still playing a good defensive game. I guess things for the future are maybe not as good as some think, though time could prove that wrong, however same can be said for your view.

  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    I object!

  4. mapleleafsfan says:

    Leafy? Is that you?

    Honestly, we get it. You're pessimistic, you're not happy with life and the leafs, and there's not a bright spot at the end. 
    Thanks for enlightening all of us, your attitude really makes a difference.
  5. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Cool story bro.

    And why are you calling out leafy? He had way more knowledge then you will ever have about the game and the Leafs?

  6. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    explain what you think should be done, i have not heard any things you think should be done all you've been saying is pretty much "you're wrong, thats stupid, i hate my life". anything that you think should be done too make our team better, after all your the next brian burke, correct ?

  7. reinjosh says:

    Don't worry Bruins, I still think you have a brain 😛

  8. reinjosh says:

    Why isn't this an option? We were in the playoffs and were for a while. Now this team bombs and you think Wilson might not have some part of it?

    Yes, yes there are roster issues. Lots of them. Our defense isn't doing well, our forwards need more size, and we need to fix the goalie issue (still). But come on, this team obviously has talent and has the ability to play a pretty good offensive game. This team should be in the playoffs, especially with the emergence of Lupul and the growth of Kessel this year. It's time for the Wilson era to end. He's not cutting it anymore. 
    And if this isn't in the cards if the Leafs end up missing the playoffs (which is looking like its more likely than not), then I am seriously going to start questioning Burke's decision on that. 
  9. reinjosh says:

    And by questioning the decision, I really mean questioning if he's doing what it takes for the job…

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Pretty much, good to know you found out.

  11. reinjosh says:

    And I'm not questioning his building of the roster. Overall he's done a pretty good job from what he started with. This team is much better off than it was a few years ago and being the youngest team in the league, it has lots of room to grow. 

    Yet he can't seem to figure out the goalie issue. The defense still plagues this team (when our goaltending is better than it has been in recent years). We are still small up front. I get some of it. Sometimes you can't make a move because of cost. But the mistakes are piling up and not firing Wilson and potentially letting a guy like Eakins leave (a guy I believe that would be a perfect fit for this team, and much much better fit than Wilson is) would be a huge one. 
    Burke has done some good work, but he shouldn't be infallible. 
  12. dumbassdoorman says:

    he is fiercely loyal to a fault, but at some point he has to think it will affect his own job. If he sticks with Wilson and the team falters again next year, he basically has one season to save his own job. Plus you have to figure new owners might not be thirlled and want imediate changes?

  13. dumbassdoorman says:

    Dregers says Philly still listen to ofers for JVR, SJ has appaerently made one.

  14. TheLeafNation91 says:

    The forwards can impact the defensive play of the team as much as the defence. Goaltending, is a joke now in this league since Phoenix and Florida are showing you anyone can be great,

    Change the coaching all you want…Is Toronto going to deflect from this speed game? Probably not. You need to coach with what you're dealt with…Toronto is small and speedy, so that's how were going to play.


  15. reinjosh says:

    Yea I know. It's not a terrible thing but it is when your team is in a tailspin like this. Wilson should have never been given that one year deal and now it might come back to burn us. 

  16. reinjosh says:

    A good coach can work with what he has and Wilson hasn't proven that. Fire him and bring up a coach that has a lot of experience with the younger guys. Look what Eakins has done with Colborne, Frattin, Kadri, Aulie etc. That wouldn't just stop if he ascends to the NHL job. Eakins would do a much better job with this team that Wilson will.

    And what do you propose be done? Your all about complaining but your rarely offer what can be done. And stop being a dick with comments like the one above. Your not endearing anyone to you like that. 
  17. reinjosh says:

    He thinks it was Niemi for JVR straight up. Apparently SJS wants to be able to use JVR to nab Nash. 

    That would be crazy if that happened. It seems weird that SJ would be willing to offer up their number 1 but maybe they have a lot of faith in Greiss.
  18. reinjosh says:

    I wasn't around for the Carter deal but since its deadline day and I'm bored with no class or essays to do, what the hell I'll comment.

    I think this is a great deal for LA. They could afford to give up Johnson with Doughty and the emergence of Voynov. The first was meh for them anyways and wouldn't help them win the cup anytime soon so who cares from their end. They finally get the sniper they have needed for so long and it happens to be the close friend of the guy they acquired in the summer. Carter/Kopitar/Richards/Williams is a pretty good top 6 and if they don't end up trading Brown it has a lot of grit in it. The only issue is that its based around a bunch of slow forwards which could be an issue but only time will tell.
    CBJ obviously wanted a guy that could step in right away. Johnson gives them a nice mobile dman they haven't really ever had and makes for a pretty good basis to build around with the Wiz on the back end. The first isn't something that can help right away but it may help soon enough if they can do some decent drafting. 
    You would think Toronto could have offered more but I have a feeling they wanted Gardiner and Burke had no interest in trading him and wanted to trade Schenn instead (I have a feeling that CBJ wanted a mobile guy over a shutdown guy). I think I'm ok with not giving up Gardiner but Carter would have been a great add (although he wouldn't have added any grit, since he hasn't really ever been that kind of guy). 
    Now what do I want Burke to do today? I have no idea. I think I'm fine with him moving Grabo, MacArthur, Schenn. This team has lots of kinks and while it took a step forward, it hasn't taken the one we expected. Go after a goalie? Depends who it is. I'd love to get Backstrom, even though he's 34. He would fix our goalie issues pretty damn quick and he still has a few years left in him still. Keep Reimer to learn behind him and your fixed long term. Although I don't exactly think he's available but I'd be for going after him. 
  19. thisgamewelose says:

    I think Niemi might be a better deal for Columbus than JVS. 

  20. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Harding would help in goal and not cost too much.
    We need some size with speed(JVR type) grit with some skill (D.Brown type) and a veteran goalie that won't cost too much (Harding type)
    That is a good start to continue the re-build.

    Moveable Roster players IMO

    Aulie-although I am not a fan of moving him.

    Players to dump if possible

    Connolly-Bag of pucks is fine (I hate I was right on this one from the start)
    Lombardi-Another bag of pucks cant hurt
    Komisarek-A total of 3 bags of pucks now

    Players moveable if a big return can be had


    Players we should continue to build around


    Before it is said. I am not suggesting we move ALL of the players that I believe are tradeable…but that these guys are replaceable.

  21. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    id move kulimen into the "players moveable if a big return can be had" and move armstrong into moveable roster players category. Armstrong has simply not played well at all and is constantly injured, and with a 3 mill cap hit playing on the fourth line and hes still gaining interest.. id look to move him. I just think the 3 mill can be better used elsewhere. Everything else i completely agree with you although id try to trade franson instead of schenn. Gardiner-schenn looks alot better as our future number 1 pairing then gardiner-franson in my opinion. gardiner-phaneuf looks good too. I love the way we ride gardiner tho, kid does not get tired it looks like.

  22. hockey_lover says:

    Two things:

    1) I will seriously weep openly at work is Andrei freaking Kostitsyn is the biggest deal of the day LOL


    2) Did anyone see that sick goal from Malkin on Saturday against Tampa? end to end rush through 4 players … ridiculous. That might be a candidate for goal of the year.

  23. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    i ask for your opinion on what you think we should do today and you come back with something that doesn't seem to make any sense.. hmm

  24. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    i ask for your opinion on what you think we should do today and you come back with something that doesn't seem to make any sense.. hmm

  25. mapleleafsfan says:

    I'm calling out you as well. You both just whine and whine and whine. No, leafy had different opinions… They happen to be the same as yours, if that makes him more knowledgeable in your eyes so be it.. I don't get where your high horse has come from… Anyone can say what you guys say. We lost, we could've played better etc etc… WE GET IT… This team could be better. Whining isn't gonna change anything.. No matter how close to slitting your wrists you are over this team, ultimately you can't change anything so may as well look at the positives.

    Jeez, I don't think there's enough sunlight in Nashville. 
  26. mapleleafsfan says:

    What did montreal do on their playoff run? 

    Small, speedy forwards. Less mobile defencemen.. Great goaltending and GREAT coaching… Unfortunately we lack the latter two. 
    Coaching would make a difference with this team undoubtedly… We don't have a worse roster than Winnipeg, Ottawa or Florida. 
  27. mapleleafsfan says:

    I'm curious what habs fans think of the trade… I feel like most thought he should either get a first rounder or be resigned.. I sort of agree, trading him is a backward move.. He's talented and liked Montreal..

    And yea, filthy goal.
  28. reinjosh says:

    I agree with you on both. I'm sort of dying with Kostitsyn being the only deal right now. It's painful. 

    And that goal was friggin amazing. 
  29. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Kuli has size, speed and good skill set…which we have little of right now, which is why I would rather keep him. Armstrong although oft injured is a pain to play against and adds an element of leadership and sandpaper, again, something we lack desperately. Franson is fairly cheap and offers a big body that can move the puck better than Schenn. I like Schenn, but he will get a better return than Franson right now. I understand your reasons, just throwing out my thought process in return.

  30. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Not Nashville, but good try…And we can't get better dip shit.

  31. mojo19 says:

    Seems like an easy fix to me. Since you're way smarter than the rest of us, you should just leave as well. You're not happy here, its not a good fit for you. Bye.

  32. TheLeafNation91 says:

    No…That was pure luck more than anything. Look at what it has done for Montreal now…Dead last.

    And yeah…Those 3 teams don't have great goaltending (Well Ott and Floraida)…But hey, their forwards are pretty gritty…Same with Phoenix, and that will get you in the playoffs before speed.

  33. mojo19 says:

    Oh I forgot to mention. I flipped through my "private messages" on HTR and TheLeafNation91 sent me a really weird, creepy message and he said he didn't want the "public to see". This is a weird, disturbed individual, we can all ignore him and he'll go away.

  34. mojo19 says:

    Since Ron Wilson signed his 1-year contract extension in December the Leafs have won just 11 of 27 games.

  35. thisgamewelose says:

    I've been refreshing websites all day, like an old man who's gone click happy when a program doesn't work.

    I'm waiting for something big. …or maybe just waiting to breathe when/if the Rangers pass on Nash. 
  36. mapleleafsfan says:

    Lol, sorry… Guess I gotta keep better tabs on where my bff from HTR is living. 

    In all honesty.. I like what you bring to HTR.. We all have too similar views that you make it more interesting.. But if you honestly go through life thinking everyone who disagrees with you is wrong, you're not gonna get very far. Hey, maybe you are right about most of the things you've posted this year. That doesn't make everyone else idiots and morons for seeing it a different way. I know enough people have said that and you don't really give a damn so that's all I'll say. 
    Stay gold Ponyboy.  
  37. reinjosh says:

    I know haha. I like that explanation too. And frig my TSN stream is painfully slow right now.

    I was waiting for something big. Now I'm just waiting for anything. 
  38. mapleleafsfan says:

    '08 – Semis

    '09 – Quarters
    '10 – Conference Finals
    '11 – Quarters (although 7 games vs the stanley cup champs)
    Call it luck all you want, I'd say this year is more of a fluke than anything.
    Florida also does have great goal tending this year.. Theodore has been fantastic, posting the second best numbers of his career.
  39. Steven_Leafs says:

    you are a retard.

    I changed it up.

  40. mapleleafsfan says:

    Apparently Sportsnet reported kostitsyn was traded for radulovs rights… Mtl fans on hfboards were going nuts, then realized SN blew it and the return was a 2nd + conditional 5th… That's gotta suck lol

    Overall that return is bad IMO.
  41. dumbassdoorman says:

    ya that was an awesome stat from TSN, lol, ARGHHHHHHH

  42. Mapleleaves says:

    That doesnt work, you guys tried it with Bbruins but someone always cracks and starts responding again.

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