Wilson tweets that he got his Christmas wish
Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson must have been pretty good this year — his team certainly has been — because apparently he got his Christmas wish.
On Friday, Wilson had posted on his personal Twitter account a request for a contract extension for Christmas. In another tweet posted early Sunday morning, Wilson said Santa Claus — in this case, Leafs General Manager Brian Burke — brought him what he wanted.
At 7:49 a.m., Wilson posted this to his Twitter account, @coachrw63: “‘He came! He came!’ Remember saying that as a little kid? Well he did: I got a new Red Ryder BB gun and a contract extension!”
The Leafs have not formally announced the agreement, nor are details of the extension available, but TSN has reported that sources later confirmed the new contract.
Wilson certainly has earned a new contract for the way his team has played so far this season. The Leafs entered the holiday break sixth in the Eastern Conference with 40 points, and in line to end their six-year playoff drought.
Most improved is the Leafs’ offense, which features two of the top six scorers in the League in Phil Kessel (2nd, 41 points) and Joffrey Lupul (sixth, 38 points). Toronto’s power play, which was 22nd in the League at 16.0 percent last season, currently is third at 21.0 percent. The team is averaging nearly an additional half-goal per game compared to last season — 2.60 goals per game last season, 3.06 per game this season — good for seventh in the League.