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by Paul on 12/01/11 at 11:06 AM ET
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Burke has stood loyally behind head coach Ron Wilson over the past three seasons - wasn’t it interesting how it wasn’t Wilson’s fault when things were bad, but now we’re told Wilson deserves credit now that things are better? - but today things are certainly a little different than they were yesterday.
First of all, the Leafs looked awfully leaky in a 6-3 loss to the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins last night after winning four of five. Second, Carlyle, the coach who delivered a Cup to Burke in Anaheim, a coach that Burke recruited and hired and admires, a coach who preaches the gritty, punch-first-ask-questions-later, tight defensive style that Burke loves, iis now available. Carlyle’s Ducks beat Montreal last night, but that didn’t stop GM Bob Murray from dismissing him and bringing in Boudreau.
A wild 24 hours, to be sure.
Enjoy the speculation now in Toronto, folks. Of course, Burke can quiet it all with one announcement, that being that he has awarded Wilson a new two- or three-year contract extension. That would kill any Carlyle-to-Toronto chatter immediately. Until then, well, let the rumours fly.
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