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Merry Christmas: Leafs extend Wilson

Dec 25, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

Ron Wilson AP

It’s a very happy holiday for Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson.

Just two days after hinting on Twitter that all he wanted for Christmas was a new contract, Wilson informed everyone he got exactly that.

“He came! He came!” Remember saying that as a little kid? Well he did: I got a new Red Ryder BB gun and a contract extension!,” Wilson tweeted early Christmas morning.

The Leafs have yet to comment on the extension, but most expect to something by tomorrow. Recent speculation suggested Toronto GM Brian Burke was simply waiting for “the right moment” to make the offer.

Wilson is in the final season of a four-year contract and currently has the Leafs sixth in the Eastern Conference with 40 points. Toronto has not made the playoffs in three prior seasons with him behind the bench.

  1. danphipps01 - Dec 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Welp. Looks like us Leaf fans got a fine bloody lump of coal in our stocking. Merry Christmas, one and all. Excuse me, I need to drink away the sorrow.

  2. warpstonebc - Dec 25, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    LOL. Sorry Leafs fans. :P

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 25, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Not sure why Leafs fans hate this guy so much. He’s not the cheeriest fellow but he handles this young team well and laughs in the face of any scrutiny he receives from the know-nothing media.

    I guess most fans don’t realize that the Leafs haven’t made the playoffs with him behind the bench because those teams have sucked, not because of anything Wilson did or didn’t do.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 25, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      Man, we love him for his media beatdowns. Same as Burkie. We enjoy that aspect of him, trust me. But last year’s squad had a good shot at the lower seeds and ended up one of the bottom-ten teams. No, they were nowhere near a Cup contender yet, but they had the parts to make the postseason. And when everyone on the ice looks like they’re underperforming, part of the blame goes to coaching strategies. I mean, it’s either “The coach is part of the problem” or “Every single player is individually, coincidentally and simultaneously underperforming.” Which is more likely?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 25, 2011 at 9:51 PM

        I certainly don’t think we had the pieces last year to make it to the playoffs. If not for the late Reimer-led run we probably would have been giving another top 5 pick to Boston. Face it, the Leafs simply have not had a squad that has been able to legitimately compete in the “new” NHL until this year.

  4. elguapo12 - Dec 25, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Nice. Old baked-bean teeth hooked his buddy up. Now only one question remains: whose house do they go to to watch the playoffs?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 25, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      I hear Brian Murray and Mu-mu-mustache are planning a BBQ for the first round.

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