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Ron Wilson would like a contract extension for Christmas

Dec 24, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

Brian Burke, Ron Wilson AP

Give Ron Wilson some credit, he knows how to be heard.

The Leafs coach has been seeking out a contract extension from the team and thanks to the beauty of Twitter, he’s got a new outlet to let his wishes be known. With it being almost Christmas, Wilson went theme-style to make his desire for a new contract known to the world.

“This Xmas could be better if Santa stuffs a certain piece of paper in my stocking. #whatcouldthatbe

Go ahead, you’re already picturing GM Brian Burke in a Santa outfit so just get those giggles out of the way now.

Fact is, a lot is hanging on this season for Wilson. The Leafs have maybe the best roster Wilson has had since Burke brought him in to coach. The playoffs are a distinct possibility for the team and if they miss out on the postseason again, this could be it for Wilson.

The pressure to make the postseason in Toronto is sky high and while Burke has done well to build the roster, that puts the focus on Wilson to make it work out. Without doing that, seeing a contract extension happen before Wilson can prove his worth may not occur until after the season if at all.

  1. acieu - Dec 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Based on his current job performance and accomplishments?

    • drewsylvania - Dec 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      Just about to say that.

      Also, Phil Kessel and the Tin Man want hearts for Christmas.

      • drewsylvania - Dec 24, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        Leafs fans have no sense of humor.

  2. pens919209 - Dec 24, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    The piece of paper that Burke puts in Wilson’s stocking will say: “We’ll talk about an extension when you make the playoffs. Maybe.”

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Having a .500 record with the teams he’s had is not exactly bad, but it’s not worth an extension either. If they make the playoffs this year that might change things.

  4. rainyday56 - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Burke did not hire Wilson. Wilson was hired by interm GM Cliff Fletcher in June 2008. Burke took the GM/Pres job Nov same year. The sword of Damacles has been hanging over Wilson’s head ever since.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 24, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      For the record, that was a thoroughly awesome way of saying that. Well done, sir.

  5. jason9696 - Dec 24, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    How about making the playoffs first and then take it from there. Sounds fair to me.

  6. cowboyscanada - Dec 24, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Dont give this moron a contract,,wait for it,,they’ll collapse,,,

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      Almost halfway through the season and the Leafs are in the thick of things in the East. Kessel’s a close second in both points and goals. Don’t hold your breath waiting for that collapse bud.

  7. elguapo12 - Dec 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Three years into the rebuild and they’re barely clinging to a playoff spot. Lousy PK and lousy PP. I’m sure every team in the east would love them to extend Wilson.

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    @brainless Sens fan – since when is having the 3rd best PP in the league lousy? Last time I checked being ranked 13th is worse.

    @drew – we have a sense of humour, but only when something’s actually funny.

  9. elguapo12 - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    @Classy Leafs Fan. You have one good player. And he only gets points in blowouts, not when it matters. An how’s Phaneuf doing now? And Schenn, the future captain? Enjoy the slow ride to mediocrity. Must suck that Murray and MacLean have done more for their franchise in three months than Burke and Grumpy have done in three years…have a merry Christmas

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2011 at 11:52 PM

      I love your comments. They make me laugh and reaffirm every belief I hold about Sens fans. You used that ‘one good player line’ two months ago but he’s now second in both points and goals. You don’t do that by only putting up points in blowouts. If you want to talk about a team only having one good player why don’t you talk about your own team? Without Michalek the Sens would be nowhere near a playoff spot and you know it.

      I’ve yet to see anything positive done by Brian Murray. Who has he brought in? Andersen? Gonchar? They’re useless. If I had to call Craig Anderson my starting goalie I would find a new team to cheer for. Murray’s doing a worse job as your GM than he did as your coach and that’s really saying something. Burke has done more for the Leafs with a lot less to work with than him.

      You have a Merry Christmas yourself, maybe your gift will be Mu-mu-mustache et. al. bringing you one more win before you start your slide to the basement of the Eastern Conference where you belong.

  10. elguapo12 - Dec 25, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Spezza has more points than michalek, so that gives the sens two good players by your standards. Karlsson has more points than any d-man, so let’s call that three. Anderson has more wins than any leaf goalie, so I’ll take that (being able to stay injury-free does count, too, you know). And absolutely, the sens do belong in the basement this year…they’re playing above their heads which is a sign of great management and team leadership. So they’re fun to watch because they give their fans more…unlike the leafs who have been disappointing since when…1960-something?

  11. elguapo12 - Dec 25, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Spezza has more points than michalek, so that gives the sens two good players by your standards. Karlsson has more points than any d-man, so let’s call that three. Anderson has more wins than any leaf goalie, so I’ll take that (being able to stay injury-free does count, too, you know). And absolutely, the sens do belong in the basement this year…they’re playing above their heads which is a sign of great management and team leadership. So they’re fun to watch because they give their fans more…unlike the leafs who have been disappointing since when…1960-something?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 25, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      If you really want to play that game I’d have to mention the fact Lupul is lighting it up this year. But I don’t want to get in to such a petty argument with a guy who thinks his bottom-feeding team that has yet to win a Cup is actually good.

      Staying healthy doesn’t count for much when your GAA is north of 3.00 and you can’t put up a half-decent SV%. Goalie wins are a lot like pitcher wins in that they are meaningless to describe the individual worth of a goalie. Raycroft holds the Leafs single-season wins record. Case in point.

      Playing above your heads can just be a sign of a couple players getting hot at the same time. I don’t know how one lucky half-season is enough to make you believe your team is well run from the top down. Maybe the voices in your head told you it’s the truth because nobody else would be so illogical. When you end up in the bottom 3 at season’s end you’ll realize the meaning of the word ‘fluke.’

      Last time I checked the Sens have made one Cup final, have never beaten the Leafs in a playoffs series even though Krusty the Clown guaranteed they would, and have never won anything of value ever. They probably never will.

  12. technicalfowler - Dec 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    looks like Ron Wilson got the extension he was looking for

    “tsnjamesduthie: Merry Christmas all. And yes, Ron Wilson’s playful Xmas tweet is true. He does have a contract extension with the Leafs.”

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