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
chris, 2008-06-10 20:11:19
He's been to the Cup Final and won the Western Conference once, which is a lot more than Paul Maurice can write on his resume.
The Leafs don't have a year to wait out Burke, and regardless of what happens with him, they need a roster of better players. Wilson is apparently good with young players and has experience being a part of building teams up from the lower levels. I expect him to demand a better work ethic from whoever his players are on the Leafs over the next 4 years. This team has been coddled by its fat-cat management for a decade, and grown lazy from the low-expectations.
Whatever this has to do with anything: if you read the news, he was born in Windsor, Canada, played for the Leafs under Roger Neilson, and is a dual citizen of both Canada and the US. Lots of people have dual citizenship.
Jeff, 2008-06-10 19:41:50
You can look it up.
Height/Weight 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
175 lb (79 kg/12 st 7 lb) Pro clubs Minnesota North Stars
Toronto Maple Leafs Nationality United States Born May 28, 1955 (age 53),
Windsor, Ontario, Canada NHL Draft 132nd overall, 1975
Toronto Maple Leafs WHA draft 176th overall, 1974
Houston Aeros Pro career 1977 – 1988
You must have some other Ron Wilson in mind but, I naturally assumed that you were referring to the new Leafs Head coach.
PS- I hope that you are not too disappointed or disillusioned finding out that the new coach of your Team is an American Gringo.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-06-10 18:58:30
The Laffs just don't have it.
Ted Greenfield, 2008-06-10 15:40:55