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Would Randy Carlyle Be A Better Fit In Toronto Than Ron Wilson?

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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WingMan's avatar

I think almost any unemployed NHL coach would be better than Wilson.  So yes Carlyle would be better.  Though the team has played better, goaltending is a big part of that.  Still almost dead last in PK…  for 3 years now…  what is the consistency over that period?

Young team that does not know how to beat a team that knows how to win… that will come in time.  Not Saturday, but in a season or so - and I am not convinced Wilson can get them to that point.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 12/01/11 at 11:55 AM ET


Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 12/01/11 at 08:55 AM ET

I’m no fan of Wilson, but I also find it hard to fault him for not being able to win with the teams Burke has provided for him.  This year they’re successful but for the most part they’re simply overachieving, IMHO.

I wouldn’t bat an eyelash if Wilson was replaced, but I don’t see any big positive changes happening until Burke is also gone.

Posted by Garth on 12/01/11 at 12:06 PM ET

DocF's avatar

There are two coaches that could be worse than Wilson and both are available.  Carlyle had teams in Orange County that were more undisciplined that nay Ron Wilson has ever had.  The other worse coach is Mike Keenan.  He is death to hockey teams.


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 12/01/11 at 04:17 PM ET

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