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.