Coaching Sideshow Continues
Today the Leafs made a move that is so worthless and senseless that it upsets me that I'm even writing about it.
In case you didn't hear, the Leafs have fired long time assistant coach Keith Acton as well as Tim Hunter. Their replacements will be former Islanders head coach Scott Gordon and Northeastern University head coach Greg Cronin. Cronin was suspended indefinitely from the university in February for recruiting violations.
Avoiding the chopping block this time around is lame duck head coach Ron Wilson. Ron Wilson has yet to make the playoffs during his three year tenure with the Leafs and spent most of last year fighting off fans, the media and even his own players.
Wilson will enter the 11-12 season without a contract extension, which is pretty much a message from upper management that time is running out on the arrogant coach. Unfortunately for fans, this means that Ron Wilson will be given the opportunity to fail yet again before a change is made, which could put another season out on the curb.
What I've gathered from Ron Wilson during his time as the Leafs coach is that it's always someone else's fault. When the team is losing, his argument is that he's not the one lacing up the skates and playing, which is fine because everyone knows how Wilson's 177 career games played went. If you don't know, it pretty much went the same way as his coaching career, a whole lot of losing. Getting back to the point, today is no different than classic Ron Wilson. Wilson watched his assistant coaches get the axe, while he survived on the sidelines. Among those fired was Tim Hunter, who was obviously a good friend of Wilson since he served as his assistant coach in Washington, then San Jose and finally in Toronto. Now I understand it clearly, it must be Tim Hunter responsible for all of Wilson's faults. Now I know that the firings were Burke's doing, but if Ron Wilson is how I think he is, he watched those two pack their bags without any remorse. Afterall, those two deserved this, this was their fault.
Coming in are two new clowns. Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin are a couple of hardass coaches, you know, the type that nobody wants to play for. You can never have enough of those. The Leafs don't know if Kessel wants to re-sign here once his contract is up, today they cleared that up by making sure he won't want to.
Anyways, next week the Leafs take their sideshow to Minnesota for the Draft and you can be sure that Wilson will be on some radio show talking about the Leafs' interest in Brad Richards before the weekend is over.