Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/27/11 at 08:49 AM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Two months ago, when Brian Burke was telling one and all that Ron Wilson would most certainly be behind the Maple Leaf bench next season, it was indicated and expected that a contract extension for the veteran coach would follow.
Well, it hasn’t. And it won’t.
Wilson, sources say, won’t get more years on his already lucrative deal for a 56th birthday present on Saturday — and if he does eventually get an extension from the Leafs before his contract expires on June 30, 2012, he’s clearly going to have to earn it by winning hockey games with far greater consistency than in his first three seasons at the Air Canada Centre.
Once, having a “lame duck” coach working in the final year of his contract would have been anathema to Burke. But something changed.
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