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
How long before you reporters turn on him? By the way how are negotiations going with Brian Burke and his big ego, have you reporters hired him yet to GM the Leafs.
Dave, 2008-06-10 09:55:50
Ryan, 2008-06-04 07:24:25
Wilson was not dis-liked by his players but rather, he was hated! Oh well, at least Leaf fans will get to see "trap-hockey" compared to the usual "crap-hockey" that they are used to.
John Anderson - a former Leaf player and someone with a great rep of working with young players would have been a great choice but.......nevermind, these are the Leafs.
John, 2008-06-04 00:59:57
I don't know who would be the better or best choice.. maybe Tortorella who was just fired by the Lightning... well, he'd be better than Wilson anyway.
As far as I'm concerned, they fired the guy that should be coach. It's a GM the Leaf's should have focused their attention on and let the new GM make the decision as to whether or not to keep or replace Maurice.
I'm in my mid 40s... I don't honestly ever expect to see the Leaf's win the cup before I leave this earth anyway, so, does it really matter in the end?
Kevlar, 2008-06-03 22:23:04
If it was so easy to rack up points back then, why weren't the other top players doing it too?
Gretzky wasn't the most talented or flashy player, he just was smart and thought about how to play the game.
gordholio, 2008-06-03 18:24:05
ALL I ever said was, when Gretzky was racking up the majority of his goals in his first 11th and 12th seasons the competition did not include players from the former Soviet Union and East Block countries. Period. Nothing about this group being better than that group or about Gretzky being better (or not better) than Crosby. Nothing to that end. Read the f*^@ing thing again before putting words in my mouth.
Indeed, I even said both were the premier players IN THEIR TIMES.
DisgruntledFan, 2008-06-01 10:19:53