While Brian Burke hasn’t indicated his plans for fixing the mess with his Maple Leafs, he’s made it abundantly clear what he won’t do. In an email exchange with TSN’s Darren Dreger, Burke indicated there are no drastic changes coming and more specifically: “No coaching change”.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a bad hockey club right now, coming off a week where they blew a third period lead with 13 seconds to go and got pummeled in the NHL’s battle of the basement. Fans at the Air Canada Centre rained down chants of “Fire Wilson” in the third period of Thursday’s embarrassing display against the Oilers, but as James Mirtle reports: Clarke MacArthur and others were placing the blame squarely on their own shoulders:
“It’s too bad it goes that way [with fans against Wilson],” MacArthur said. “If anything they should be calling us out in here. We’re the guys out on the ice not getting it done.
“I just felt like we almost quit on the goalies there a little bit and it’s not acceptable. You go into the game all ready to go, the systems are all laid out and then we don’t want to follow them. It’s one of those things where if we don’t all buy in, you know you’re going to have nights like this and we didn’t buy in tonight.”
In fairness to Ron Wilson, getting rid of him is not going to drastically alter the course of the franchise overnight. That’s not to say it won’t help – if Wilson can’t get his players to “buy in” then he is a part of the problem. Perhaps he most pressing question here should really be which guy is the one not doing his job, Burke or Wilson?