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by Paul on 02/29/12 at 12:54 AM ET
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
The chants started just after Jason Garrison scored the fourth goal for the Florida Panthers early in the third period.
The chant was, “Fire Wilson.”
Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson is an easy target. He’s not outwardly warm and can be sarcastic and caustic, and he has yet to guide the Maple Leafs to the playoffs since being hired in 2008. Everyone, it seems, wants him fired, including the fans at the ACC Tuesday night.
Personally, I don’t buy into the sentiment that Wilson is the main or only problem with this Leafs team, or that the players have stopped playing for him — which was the theory being kicked around the ACC press box Tuesday night. Wilson doesn’t play goal and he surely doesn’t order Luke Schenn to give the puck away pathetically once a game. And there have been many games this season when the Leafs have actually outplayed the opposition for the much of the game and lost, which was the case in their 5-3 defeat to the Panthers Tuesday night.
But since Burke did absolutely nothing to help this team get over the hump and make playoffs for the first time since 2004, perhaps the fans are right. Perhaps it is time to fire Wilson.
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