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.
One of the Maple Leafs best young players has somehow escaped the spotlight of the Toronto media thus far in training camp. Luke Schenn spent his first two seasons with the blue-and-white having every move criticized by both fans and media as he was the lone prospect in the system.
The “ghost” of Pat Burns came back to haunt social media circles on Friday morning.