Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke can’t fire himself, but unless he’s is tired of this mess and negotiating a buyout, not firing head coach Ron Wilson is inexcusable.
Loyalty and principle are swell, but not when they’re merely delaying the inevitable. The percentages suggested all along that Wilson would be gone before Burke’s six-year contract was half done. So be it, then.
This is not only about being shut out six times in 16 games; it’s about an NHL team that has lost its way and a coach who is incapable of righting it with what he has on hand. It’s about a team that is 29th out of 30 teams in one of the most coachable areas for a young squad full of guys trying to make their bones: killing penalties.