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I WAS OVERREACTING

I was overreacting, as someone pointed out.  And Kadri and his dad welcome the criticism (see below), so who am I to stick up for them.

I don't think Wilson should have uttered the words goaltending controvery and I don't think calling very young players out is the way to go.  I also don't see Hall, Eberle or Sequin,  Subban (is the "circle jerking" hurting his game?) to name a few getting called out on a regular basis (and their games aren't perfect). 

To those of you who were calling for his head during the losing streak but now are not because we beat Nashville and an awful New Jesrey team, shake your heads.  In any event, a coach shouldn't be measured solely on whether his team is winning or losing. It's obviously a relevant factor, but I think there are other things to consider, including- most important for the Leafs - how his coaching style fits with a young developing team.  I don't think his does.  The fact that players such as Schenn have developed while he was coach doesn't make the point.  Does anybody think that Schenn would have failed with another coach? No way - he might be even better though. His potential is unlimited.

I want this team to succeed as much as the next guy, but the truth is in the pudding, and we haven't had desert.  Tonight we play what appears to be a very good team in the Habs.  Let's see if we can play them the way we did on opening night.

In fairness, as my last poll (as a joke) was one sided, I'll let those who think Wilson should stay have their say. 

Even when Nazem Kadri played his best game as a pro coach Ron Wilson went out of his way to point out Kadri’s defensive shortcomings. Sam Kadri has no problem with that.

"It comes with the territory," said Sam Kadri. "It’s the reason they call it coaching. I think Wilson thinks probably Naz has thick enough skin and it’s more of a motivator that’s probably why he said what he said."

Nazem Kadri said he didn’t mind – but rather welcomed – Wilson’s pointed criticism.

"That stuff doesn’t bother me, it motivates me," said Kadri. "I want to play two ways, I want to be on the ice the last five minutes, not sitting on the bench.

"I know exactly what I’m doing wrong. He points it out for me."

- Toronto Star

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