Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/18/11 at 03:12 AM ET
Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star answers some emails,
Q: Damien: Just please read this: The Leafs are gutless. They have very little “Jam”. That is why they won’t win consistently. You have danced around it in your articles but haven’t said it. They have very little character. Too many “average” players like Steckel and Liles and Brown and Kulemin and Grabovski ....Gardiner, Komeserik, Gunnerson, these guys make a lot of dough and don’t bring it even every other night. It reminds me of what Dave Keon said to a rookie that had just made the Leafs, “you made the team, but are you going to make the team better?”
A: I think you’re preaching to the choir, Quinn, and saying things that I and others have been saying for some time. So sorry, I can’t credit you with seeing something the rest of us can’t see. I would think even Burke must be dismayed with the lack of grit there is on his club. This is not the truculence and belligerence he promised.
more Q & A plus this on Ron Wilson.
The sizzling start of the Maple Leafs is now but a memory.
And Ron Wilson’s opportunity to land a contract extension at some point during this season is almost certainly gone as well.
GM Brian Burke wanted to give Wilson an extension last spring, believing the Leaf head coach had earned it with a strong second half to the 2010-11 season. But then Burke re-considered, and ultimately decided to let Wilson go into this season with his contract set to expire next June. The thinking was if the team played well in the opening third of the season, the way would then be clear to give Wilson a new deal….
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