Ron Wilson: To Fire Or Not To Fire?

December 22nd, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Throughout most of the 2010-11 season Toronto Maple Leafs fans have been calling for Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson to be fired.

Wilson joined the Maple Leafs after spending five seasons with the San Jose Sharks, a tenure that, while extremely successful during the regular season, were often blemished by numerous early playoff exits, which many felt led to Wilson’s dismissal.

Since his arrival in 2008-09, Wilson has led the Maple Leafs to a combined record of 76-90-31 with the team finishing in 24th overall (2008-09), 29th overall (2009-10) and currently sitting 28th overall through 33 games in 2010-11.

Clearly, the Maple Leafs horrific record speaks volume, but how much of the blame should be shouldered by Ron Wilson?

When Wilson took over the Maple Leafs in 2008-09 he took over a team that was going nowhere fast. In fact, given the lack of success the Maple Leafs had been experiencing—they finished 24th in 2007-08 and 18th in 2006-07—many were shocked to see Wilson take the job in Toronto.

For those of you that do not remember what the 2008-09 Maple Leafs looked like here is a refresher—the top ...

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