January 9, 2010
Wilson regrets remarks
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
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Ron Wilson told AM 640 Radio yesterday that he regretted saying the media should be banned from Leaf practices so the team can keep its secrets. Wilson said his caustic comments on Thursday were the product of a frustrating day that began with a lacklustre workout and him haranguing the team within earshot of the press, being particularly harsh on winger Phil Kessel.
Tomas Kaberle is poised to become the 11th highest scorer in Leafs' history, entering last night's game in a tie with Hall of Fame forward Norm Ullman at 471 points.
But passing Rick Vaive and entering the coveted top 10 will take until next season at least. Vaive sits 66 points ahead at 537. The only defenceman ahead of Kaberle is Borje Salming at 768, while Mats Sundin is the franchise leader at 987.
Speaking of Leaf scoring milestones, winger Alexei Ponikarovsky climbed into the top 50 on Wednesday night, now tied for 49th with 1970s-era winger Errol Thompson at 245.
Wilson now says that defenceman Mike Komisarek could be out another week with the upper body injury that has already cost him three starts ... It was 63 years ago last night, that World War II veteran Howie Meeker returned to score a rookie-record five goals in one game against Chicago.