Burke, Anselmi brush off ESPN ranking

Count the executives with the Toronto Maple Leafs as unimpressed with ESPN. Last week, ESPN The Magazine published its yearly installment of their “Ultimate Rankings,” a list of all the professional teams from the NBA, NHL, MLB and NFL based upon eight different categories. Toronto’s NHL club finished last. The results allow for an interesting […]

Does Wilson deserve another contract?

The 2011-12 NHL season kicks off for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, and it may very well be Ron Wilson’s last with the team. The Leafs’ head coach is in the last year of a four-year contract he signed in 2008, when then-Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher inked the former San Jose Sharks bench boss to a deal that Wilson’s Team USA friend and old buddy, Brian Burke, inherited. At the time, Wilson was seen as a fairly solid hire for the Leafs, considering he was on the heels of a very successful tenure with the Sharks, at least in the regular season, and also considering he once coached the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Leafs Nation ecstatic after quick start

After winning its opening two games of the season for the first time since 1999, Toronto had been abuzz after Saturday’s 5-1 win over provincial-rival Ottawa. As quick as fans of the blue-and-white were to get excited about a franchise that has not given much to cheer for since the lockout, many outsiders were mocking those Leaf supporters for planning the parade route.