Wilson not a 'loser'

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

OTTAWA -- It is the type of statement that oozes the frustration that Ron Wilson has felt during his brief tenure with the Maple Leafs.

Asked yesterday by an Ottawa reporter if he had yet put his stamp on the Toronto team, Wilson said not yet.

"I don't want to be known as a loser," Wilson said. "And so far we've lost a lot more games than we've won."

To repeat: Wilson has no desire to be known as "a loser."

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The talk shows should have a field day with that line.

Truth be told, Wilson, for the most part, has been on the winning side more often than not, especially prior to his arrival in Toronto.

Before being hired as coach of the Maple Leafs in the off-season of 2008, Wilson had an impressive NHL record of 518-426-88.

Those totals came during stints as the bench boss of the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks and high-powered San Jose Sharks.

Since taking over the Leafs, however, Wilson's record is a mediocre 37-46-18 after his team's 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators last night at Scotiabank Place.

To be fair, Wilson has not had much to work with, especially last season.

Shoddy goaltending has been at the root of the team's woes in Wilson's one-plus seasons in Toronto, although a general lack of talent has been an Achilles heel too.

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Wilson did document the type of team he is trying to build.

"In terms of style of play we're an aggressive, forechecking team," he said. "If you get enough scoring opportunities, eventually we're going to score. The power play has been OK but we haven't killed penalties well and we have to stay out of the box."

Besides, like the man said, he doesn't want to be known as "a loser."


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