December 28 2011 06:17PM
Yes, Ron Wilson's contract extension is a show of faith by Brian Burke in his coach, that much is obvious. That Burke offered his coach an extension so early in the season (November) is a somewhat larger show of confidence. Moreover, in all of his years of being a General Manager, Burke has only once canned a coach, which suggests that Burke intends Wilson to coach to the end of his deal - not to fire him halfway through next year.
What is more interesting to me is that fans aren't in the least bit concerned. The times, they have a changed. You see, it wasn't so long ago that Leafs fans freaked out over contract extensions they felt were undeserved. Years of the John Ferguson Jr. era had left everyone on edge, ready to go into hysterics at the slightest sign of mismanagement.
These days, folks seem to have a lot of faith in Brian Burke.
December 28 2011 11:04AM
Canada started off the 2012 World Junior Championship with an impressive 8-1 win over Finland, and now draws the Czech Republic. Last night the Czech’s came off their own opening win, downing Denmark by a score of 7-0. The two teams meet for 29th time since 1977, with Canada holding the edge with a 14-6-8 record. While the Czechs showed some success against Canada in the early 90’s, they have not beaten Canada since 1993.
December 27 2011 10:23AM
Head coach Ron Wilson was extended last week for at least another season behind the Toronto Maple Leafs' bench, and other than the fact that it's an extension given out without much success to show for. I don't mind the deal too much since the Leafs have seen a fair bit of improvement and have been a pretty good hockey team ever since James Reimer took over, giving Wilson a reliable starting goalie.
December 26 2011 02:29PM
(The Nations will also be bringing you some WJC coverage now and then this holiday season. Andrey Osadchenko starts us off with an in-depth look at Team Russia)
What is the first thing that pops up in your mind when you think of Team Russia? It’s their skilled and crazy fast offense, isn’t it? How often would you say it has worked for Alex Ovechkin’s compatriots? That’s right – not so often. Something needed to be added. As we learned last season – that secret ingredient was will to fight till the end.
December 26 2011 01:05PM
We sincerely hope that this special holiday edition of NationRadio finds you in good health and in good spirits. All the very best to you and yours and here's to a most excellent 2012.
As hoped by many, this week's show is laden with previews of the 2012 World Junior Championships as well as some talk about the Oilers and the Flames.
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