Thursday, November 18, 2010

When is Brian Burke Letting Ron Wilson Off the Bus?

After a 10 game losing streak, the New York Islanders fired Scott Gordon earlier this week. This firing has prompted the question on most Leafs fans minds, is Ron Wilson next?

While Brian Burke continues to give Ron Wilson his vote of confidence, the calling for Ron Wilson's replacement in Leafland is still very loud.

However, Brian Burke has made it clear that he in charge of the struggling hockey club, and gave this fun quote last week with the calling up of Nazem Kadri and Keith Aulie:
“I drive the bus. I decide who gets on the bus. I decide who gets off the bus. If the bus is stuck in the ditch, then ultimately that’s my responsibility.”
With the Leafs ending their eight game losing skid with a powerplay comeback win against Nashville, the talks for Ron Wilson's firing have cooled until the next game. Wilson's future may remain unknown, however his past seasons with the Maple Leafs can still be used as a measuring stick to compare to the Islanders Scott Gordon.

Here is Scott Gordon's coaching record with the Isles:

Team
Year
G
W
L
OTL
Pts
Finish
NYI
2008–09
82
26
47
9
61
5th in Atlantic
NYI
2009–10
82
34
37
11
79
5th in Atlantic
NYI
2010–11
17
4
10
3
11
Fired
NHL Totals
2008-2010
181
64
94
23
151

And here is Ron Wilson's coaching record with the Leafs:

Team
Year
G
W
L
OTL
Pts
Finish
TOR
2008–09
82
34
35
13
81
5th in Northeast
TOR
2009–10
82
30
38
14
74
5th in Northeast
TOR
2010–11
17
6
8
3
15
5th in Northeast
NHL Totals
2008-2010
181
71
81
30
170

That's a total of 155 pts in the last two seasons for Ron Wilson and his Leafs.

Scott Gordon and his team that is barely around the cap minimum, managed 140 pts in those two seasons.

Both teams had brutal records. But the Islanders were smart enough not to deal their picks away and also had mostly young and cheap players playing.

The Leafs Cap hit for 2010 is $54,563,324
The Isles Cap hit for 2010 is $42,608,309

How bad will it get in Leafland before Burke fires his old buddy. If Darryl Sutter can trade his son, I think Burke can fire his friend . Burke can say all he wants in the media that Ron Wilson’s job is safe. But if the team keeps losing there is no way he can just sit there and watch another top draft pick go to the Bruins.

The Leafs don’t have to make the playoffs. But if the Bruins were drafting 10th this year instead of a top 3 pick, I think most Leaf fans could handle that.

What do you think?

Is it time for the Toronto Maple Leafs to fire Ron Wilson?


Also, Happy Birthday to great skater and Dirty Dangle reader Lucas

5 comments:

  1. I think its mostly the forwards, they need to start scoring more. heres are top ten leafs. 4of the ten are D-men!
    # Pos Player GP G A P +/-
    16 L Clarke MacA 17 7 9 16 2
    84 C Mikhail Gra 17 4 9 13 3
    81 R Phil Kessel 17 8 4 12 -4
    41 L Nikolai Kul 17 5 5 10 -1
    15 D Tomas Kaber 17 0 9 9 2
    32 R Kris Verste 16 4 5 9 -6
    22 D Francois Be 17 1 4 5 1
    8 D Mike Komisa 17 1 4 5 1
    2 D Luke Schenn 17 1 4 5 4
    42 C Tyler Bozak 17 2 3 5 -3

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  2. kessel has the most goals with 8 and hes scored what.. 1 goal in the last 8-9 games!

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  3. The players don't like him or respect him. He calls a time out and the Preds score 10 seconds later.
    If we have any chance of resigning Kaberle, Wilson will have to be gone

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  4. It's still early technically. I think Wilson is here till the end of the season he's not going anywhere. Really how much longer can we blame coach after coach after coach . Leafs are one too many dmen and need a first line centreman baddly to spring kessle. Damn i would love to grab brad richards up but im assuming he'll become a rent a player to a cup contending team :( plus hes a big big contract and cap hit

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