Maybe he knows the game. Maybe he is a good grandfather. And best of luck to him somewhere else. But...
The first person to utter the words "goaltending controversy"? Wilson, of course, when Gustavsson is getting first start following Giguere's injury. Give the kid a break.
Worse. Tonight, after Kadri's second game (not counting the one last year), he calls him out. Why is that a good idea? Because he's on a point a game pace? Because he appears to have revived Kessel? Because he stepped with poise into a massive pressure cooker situation - after the coaching staff 13 games ago (and management to be fair) pronouncing him not ready for the NHL? Because, although on the wing, he skates around the offensive zone like a true center? I could go on.
I suppose Wilson would say the answer is "no", it is because he is weak defensively. You know what, coach? Pull the kid aside, congratulate him on what he has done well and remind him of the things he needs to do better. You know, coach him.
Was that Wilson last weekend saying he doesn't call players out?
After New Jersey's disasterous start, MacLean's job is on the block. I say it should be Wilson's, even if the slump is over (maybe MacLean too, dunno). If the Leafs are going to be a contender, they need good leadership behind the bench. Perhaps there is some sports pyschology theory that would justify bashing Kadri publicly in these circumstances, but it"s wrong. Good leaders treat people right.
Sorry for the rant.