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
My reasons - 1) The Leafs WANT Brian Burke. He has one more year left on his contract. Wait it out and go after him!
2) The Leafs STILL have too many players under No Trade Clauses. If they refused to be traded at this past trade deadline what makes you think they'll go for it now?
Sorry but the Leafs are 3 or 4 years away from being able to clean up this mess completely. Without the players agreement to be traded the Leafs only have 3 options to them:
1) Buy that player out. 2) Forget about trying to move the player and 3) Take away his ice time! Crappy way to do things but it's an option.
My point is The Leafs still have their hands tied because of who they want as GM and what players they want to be rid of. This mess will NOT be resolved over this one summer!
Cappthook, 2008-05-07 14:42:15
Cause it's the players that don't listen to the coach. Sundin, highly overrated, he loves his Toronto so much, he's off to Sweden right away at the end of the season. There's loyalty for you.
So pin the blame on the players, not the coach. Maurice will get a job without a problem. In the meantime, get them a dog for the bench, won't matter anyways.
yeesh, 2008-05-07 13:56:08
The next coach will have the same problem.
Russ, 2008-05-07 13:30:21