On one hand, Ron Wilson said he respects Sundin for not rushing back if he is unsure whether or not he wants to play -- adding that he would welcome back the longtime Leafs captain with open arms.
On the other hand, Wilson suggested that one of the problems with the sad-sack Leafs last year was a distinct lack of leadership.
And you don't have to be Howie Meeker to connect the dots there, that leadership is supposed to be one of the major responsibilities of the team captain.
Is Wilson right about the Leafs recent poor form?
Full story: Wilson suggests Mats was part of the problem
The fact that the 1 day may be a season away could prove costly.
The Leafs may be a better team short term because of the coaching change, but whether this means they make the playoffs next year remains to be seen.
It's likely that the changing of the old guard of players with their no trade clauses will take forever and this will be a major issue between new and old players when things don't go well in the dressing room.
It will be interesting to see how Wilson handles the dressing room and how much crap actually gets out to the public.
At any rate it's a start for the Leaf Nation, who will have to cling on to this as being their best hope for now and quite a few years down the line.
Andy V., 2008-06-10 12:21:54
I am not a Leafs supporter. so when it happens I will find it all quite funny.
David, 2008-06-10 11:06:31