Brian Burke will not -- repeat, not -- be firing coach Ron Wilson any time soon.
He is not even considering it. And he gets angry when it is even suggested.
“None of the signs for a coach firing are there,” Burke said rather sternly yesterday. “When you have a coaching problem, you get calls from agents telling you that their players are unhappy. I haven’t had a single call. All of a sudden you get unnamed players complaining in the papers. There haven’t been any. When you have a coaching problem, a team doesn’t outshoot the other team or outwork the other team (the way we have been doing). All the signs you look for aren’t there.
“You can write whatever you want, but I assure you there will be no coaching change.”
Burke did call this the most disappointing season of his career but said it could not be compared to the “unmitigated disaster” he had with the Vancouver Canucks when he fired Mike Keenan mid-season.
Burke admits he expected to see a much stronger Leafs team with a significantly better record and is frustrated that every time one area of the team appears to be fixed, another falls apart.
“The game plan hasn’t changed,” Burke said. “If these players aren’t good enough, we’re going to have to find new ones.”