By Patrick Powell (@Gordsie)
With the Leafs sitting in 11th place in the Eastern Conference on Friday, March 2, 2012, TSN’s Darren Dreger first reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Ron Wilson.
Pierre LeBrun of TSN and ESPN has confirmed Dreger’s report.
Wilson, who became head coach of the “Buds” in June of 2008, guided the team to a disappointing 130-135-5 mark without reaching the playoffs. He finished no higher than fourth in the Northeast Division in each of his three, full-seasons behind the Leafs’ bench. The team has not reached the playoffs since 2004, the season immediately prior to the most recent lockout.
Wilson now holds a dubious distinction with Ken Hitchcock- they are the only two head coaches to be fired by three, different NHL teams during Barry Trotz’s tenure as head coach of the Nashville Predators (August 6, 1997-present).
The Leafs entered the 2011-2012 with renewed optimism. Youngsters like defensemen Luke Schenn (who has been a healthy ...