Something Is Rotten in Leaf Land: Wilson Must Go

Mark GregoryContributor IIIOctober 13, 2009

TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 22:  Head Coach Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on against the Buffalo Sabres during their pre season NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on September 26, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

The Leafs are winless after five games, after dropping another game 7-2 to the Rangers in New York.

Leafs follow the same script again.

1.    A weak start in the first period. Fall behind early.
2.    An early, unnecessary, penalty that leads to another goal.
3.    A weak goal on Toskala from a long ways out.
4.    Leafs don’t have a good shift until they are two, or three goals behind.

Time for a coaching change, Ron Wilson should be finished.

What has he done wrong?

The Leafs should have kept the Kid line up at the start of the season, sending them to the Marlies stalled all the momentum of a very promising preseason.

Those who have stated that the Kids haven’t lit it up in the minors knows nothing about momentum (of course they won’t play well after they played so well for the Leafs, and as a reward they were demoted).

Wilson has stubbornly insisted Toskala is his starter, even though he has two goalies that have performed better.

Wilson has just tinkered with his lineup through this losing streak, and has made no significant change. The lack of changes seem like they are motivated by not willing to spend any money getting rid of the deadwood, and giving the Leaf youngsters a chance to show what they can deliver.

The players have not responded to Wilson. Wilson’s loyalty to let his overpaid players play, and his stubborn insistence on playing Toskala even though it is apparent to everyone there was a problem four games ago.

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Time to throw Wilson overboard before the whole Leaf season sinks, like the Titanic. Time to change those who refuse to change. Evolve or die, things must get better for the Leafs, because they can't get any worse.

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