Wilson gets contract extension

Toronto Maple Leafs' head coach, Ron Wilson. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Toronto Maple Leafs' head coach, Ron Wilson. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:25 PM ET

Ron Wilson isn't going anywhere.

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager, Brian Burke, confirmed in an email on Christmas morning that Wilson has signed a contract extension with the club.

The terms of the deal were not immediately known. Burke said he would not make any further comment on Sunday.

Wilson will keep his job for the foreseeable future despite the fact the Leafs have not been to the playoffs in any of his previous three seasons behind the bench.

The Leafs have been improved so far in the 2011-12 season, forging a record of 18-13-4 and 40 points despite numerous injuries to integral players. Only captain Dion Phaneuf and forwards Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul and Nikolai Kulemin have played in all 35 games.

The Leafs are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and return to action on Tuesday night when they visit the Florida Panthers. That game begins a three-game trip which also has stops in Carolina and Winnipeg.

Wilson tweeted (@coachrw63) the news on Christmas morning, saying: "He came! He came!" Remember saying that as a little kid? Well he did: I got a new Red Ryder BB gun and a contract extension!

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