Wilson to Toronto to be the Bench Boss.......Is Burke next?

Shawn OwensAnalyst IJune 3, 2008

Interesting happenings north of the boarder.  It looks as though the Toronto Maple Leafs Interim GM Cliff Fletcher has offered the Head Coaching job to former Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. 

During his career Wilson has coached the San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks, compiling a record of 518-446-127 over his 1,091 games. He coached the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final during the 1997-98 season but Washington was swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

Wilson's relationship with Anaheim Ducks' General Manager Brian Burke adds to the intrigue of the situation.

The pair played together for four years in college and were co-captains of the Providence Friars.

Burke also got Wilson his first coaching job with Milwaukee, then helped bring him to Vancouver as an assistant coach when Burke was the assistant GM.

At a dinner after Wilson coached his 1,000th game, he called Burke the most influential figure in his hockey career, a dinner that Burke attended.

To add a more personal touch, Burke is the Godfather of Wilson's daughter.  The two remain extremely close.

Rumours continue to swirl about Burke becoming the next general manager of the Maple Leafs, however the Ducks are insisting that Burke complete the final year of his contract which expires after next season.  The hiring of Wilson could be perceived as extra incentive for Burke to join the Leafs.

This will be worth keeping an eye on.