Debating Ron Wilson's Contract Extension

Say, did Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson deserve that contract extension? Let’s survey some of our favorite hockey scribes to see what they think:Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun: “Among the NHL’s respected coaching fraternity, only Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff, Nashville’s Barry Trotz, Detroit’s Mike Babcock, Boston’s Claude Julien and Vancouver’s Alain Vigneault have longer tenure...
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December 26, 2011  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs Still Need Considerable Work

The Maple Leafs aren’t a laughingstock any more, regardless of how they looked Saturday night while losing 5-0 to Montreal.But they aren’t very good either, so all eyes are on high-profile general manager Brian Burke as his team stumbles into the stretch run.Let us count all their problems: When Burke arrived in Toronto, he vowed to assemble a hard-nosed team that would bloody...
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February 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs Need Help ASAP

By absorbing a 6-2 thrashing from Vancouver Saturday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs issued a cry for help. “We played a really good team tonight with probably our battery down a little bit,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson told reporters. “They really took advantage of us. Every little opening, they moved the puck really well and we had our heads spinning at times in our own end....
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February 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke isn't living up to the hype

Brian Burke has made a lot of noise as the noisy, high-profile general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he hasn’t made much headway on the ice.The Leafs haven’t climbed into the upper tier of the Eastern Conference. They aren’t especially tough, either. They haven’t found a goaltender. Prospects for next season aren’t terribly exciting.So it is more than fair to...
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February 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Pundits weigh in on Toronto coaching change

The NHL world is still digesting Brian Burke’s dismissal of coach Ron Wilson. With the Toronto Maple Leafs threatening to miss the playoffs, Burke took preemptive action.His buddy Randy Carlyle looked like an ideal coaching candidate for the Washington Capitals, where the Dale Hunter Experiment has earned just mixed results.But Burke landed Carlyle before Capitals GM George McPhee...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Mikhail Grabovski feels much love from Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs hockey operation believes in skilled forward Mikhail Grabovski after all. First general manager Brian Burke opted not to move the pending free agent before the NHL trade deadline. Then he committed a whopping $27.5 million to him over the next five years. The deal includes a limited no-trade clause allowing Grabovski to select 10 teams each season he'd...
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March 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Randy Carlyle can't turn over new Leafs

Toronto has won just three of 10 games since taskmaster Randy Carlyle took over as coach. Their most recent losses include an 8-0 fiasco against the Bruins and a 5-2 loss at home to the stumbling Islanders. In that game Toronto mustered just 14 shots against the porous Islanders defense.So what is going wrong? Toronto Sun columnist Steve Buffery had an idea:Carlyle wants his teams...
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March 22, 2012  |  Discuss

How Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke failed

Forbes Magazine rated Toronto Maple Leafs as the NHL’s most valuable franchise, worth $1 billion. All those resources haven’t helped the franchise build a winner.Brian Burke earned many headlines since becoming general manager of the Maple Leafs, but the team failed to advance toward Stanley Cup contention during his unhappy reign of error.In fact, Toronto didn’t even make...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Brian Burke finally fires Jay Feaster

Jay Feaster was a Dead GM Walking and everybody knew it. The once-mighty Calgary Flames have been a case study in mismanagement for a long, long time.Feaster only made things worse with his reign of error. Brian Burke could have waited until after the holidays to make this change, but why bother? The Flames aren’t going anywhere this season. He’s had time to assess the situation...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

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