Wilson will be back

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.

Wilson has one year remaining on a four-year deal he signed in the summer of 2008, but spent much of the first half of this season under fire as Toronto sank to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

The Leafs have since orchestrated a remarkable turnaround, going 22-13-6 since Jan. 1, in their finest sustained stretch under Wilson.

“I said back in the fall, we would not consider a change, even when all the hounds were baying,” Burke said. “I feel the same way now. Ron is coaching this team next year.”

Burke declined to comment on “contractual matters,” but Wilson said he isn’t concerned with getting an extension at this point in time.


9 Responses to Wilson will be back

  1. cam7777 says:

    I'm sure there are many Wilson haters on this website, just as there are every where in Leaf Nation.  However, I think you guys should check out this little statistical analysis for Wilson, and his first 2 years in Toronto.  It's not comprehensive, or conclusive, but there are some interesting numbers, for sure:


  2. Leafs_RegimeofBurke_ says:

    thanks for posting this cam. Interesting stats for sure.

    I personally like Wilson. What a lot of leafs nation calls 'arrogance' I see as irreverence. Sure, he can be snide, rude, and even mean with the media but I like how much he doesn't give a ***** what other people think of him. Burke-esque.

    When I watch his interviews I actually get a kick out of them. He's telling off reporters, making fun of them, etc. I find it extremely entertaining.

    I respect him and I think his players do too. Not a 'best friend' 'big brother' kind of coach – he's an old school tough man who has tonnes of experience. He's seen it all, he knows the subtleties of the game and the little building blocks that lead to a winning game. He's coached his way into enough wins to recognize the anatomy of a WIN. I truly, truly trust his judgment.

  3. HABSSTAR says:

    It would seem that to get an article posted on here it has to be Leafs related.  Don't try posting an article on Winnipeg possibly getting a team back, be it either the Yotes or the Thrashers because that's not going to fly. 

  4. Leafs_RegimeofBurke_ says:

    did you try and post an article about that?

  5. HABSSTAR says:

    I tried one about the Yotes about a week back.  At the time it said there was 12 articles in line already so I thought maybe it was just taking some time to get through.  But I guess not.  Perhaps it just wasn't a very good article. LOL

  6. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Like I said, his winning at the end of the year comes from good goaltending.

    Toskala, Gustavsson, and Giguere had 89% Save Perecentages and 2.9-3.4 GAA???

    How can ANY coach expect to win with these numbers/

    All Reimer has given Wilson is solid goaltending. Average numbers. And look at Reimer's record….20-8-4. That's INCREDIBLE for a Leafs goalie.

    Solid play at net has been the key

  7. JoelJoel says:

    *single tear*

    Perhaps what prevented it being published was the writing, rather than the content.

  8. HABSSTAR says:

    Waughts rong wis mi riting? 

  9. Ghostrider1174 says:

    Wilson has just not worked for our team. Heres a list of the players hes had problems with Kaberle, Kessel,Kris Ver etc. There are more on this team that dont like him not to mention other players around the league. He had his chance but hes not a good coach with young players. In San Jose he had a great team that made him look good. Get rid of him they will if he fails at beginning of season. If they dont that will be Burkes fault. As for Burke he done a great job and will make a big move this off season WATCH.

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