Some Leafs intrigue Wilson

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Ron Wilson has been on the job just a couple of days, but already has some strong opinions on the Leafs lineup and projected style.

And he could have Mats Sundin on a one-year, no-trade contract if that's what the alienated Leafs captain wants, according to interim general manager Cliff Fletcher.

Wilson, who often watched Leafs games in full on Pacific time, was candid that winger Darcy Tucker "is starting to wear down" and might have to look at a different role on the team, if he's not bought out after June 15.

Wilson spoke highly of much-maligned defenceman Pavel Kubina, musing that he might still be coaching the Sharks, if Kubina hadn't blocked a trade and bolstered that club's defence in the playoffs.

He expects Tomas Kaberle to be a major building block, but admits he's as bamboozled as anyone by Carlo Colaiacovo's string of freak injuries the past few years.

"We have to get some magic dust and sprinkle it on him so he doesn't get hurt," Wilson said in jest. "He plays in a bubble.

"Anton Stralman, I liked him in the world championship."

As keeper of the biggest team in the NHL in San Jose, he raved about the size of Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky up front, but the last part of the big line is up in the air. Sundin is not making his intentions known for another couple of weeks until he meets with Fletcher prior to the start of free agency on July 1.

"If Mats comes to me and says, 'I'll sign but I have to have a no-trade contract that's a one-year deal,' then he has got it,'' said Fletcher, who is trying to keep Sundin from the clutches of teams such as Montreal and Detroit.

Wilson also hopes to bend Fletcher's ear in free-agent acquisitions.

"If I had advice for Cliff, it would be to 'get warriors', get people who want to be here," Wilson said. "It's not always about money, it's about playing on a championship team."

Familiar with Vesa Toskala from the Sharks and confident he'll be the undisputed No. 1 in goal, Wilson will install a defensive system to start.

"Look at how Detroit plays," he said. "It's not fun when you don't have the puck."


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