Panthers interested in ex-Leafs coach Ron Wilson

The last time Ron Wilson was behind an NHL bench was as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs....

The last time Ron Wilson was behind an NHL bench was as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Reuters)

Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

Those loyal Ron Wilson backers who feel the veteran coach didn’t get a fair shake with the Maple Leafs always claimed he never had a top-end goalie in Toronto to carry the load.

The list of puckstoppers who played for Wilson during his almost four-year tenure in Toronto: Vesa Toskala, Martin Gerber, Curtis Joseph, Justin Pogge, J-S Giguere, Joey MacDonald, Jonas Gustavsson, James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.

Now, more than two years after he was relieved of his duties in Toronto by his buddy Brian Burke, there will be no such excuse if Wilson lands the head coaching job in Florida. Not with Roberto Luongo between the pipes.

Having kept a low profile since being replaced by Randy Carlyle late in the 2011-12 season, Wilson reportedly interviewed for the Panthers vacant head coaching job this week.

Interestingly, the connection between the seasoned bench boss and the Panthers, which was first reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinal and the SportsBusiness Journal


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