Toronto Maple Leafs: Brian Burke, Players And Ron Wilson Are To Blame

November 15th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
With his team currently sitting in 28th place it’s no surprise that Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson is receiving plenty of criticism.

Offseason additions Kris Versteeg (who can’t seem to score) and Colby Armstrong (currently injured) have been bitter disappointments to management and the Leafs Nation alike, while big money players such as Dion Phaneuf (also currently injured), Tyler Bozak (who carries a $3.75 million cap hit), Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin have also garnered their fair share of scrutiny for their paltry play.

Through it all, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has stood behind his head coach, suggesting that it is the players who deserve the criticism, not Ron Wilson.

With the players struggling to find their way and the team plunging deeper into the abyss of the NHL standings, the question remains: Can Ron Wilson turn this sinking ship around?

Through 16 games the Maple Leafs are ranked 28th in goals, averaging 2.19 goals per game; 15th in goals against at 2.81 per contest and own two of the worst special teams ratios in the league, at 11.8 percent on the power play (26th overall) a ...

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