You get a pink slip, and you get a pink slip, and you get a pink slip....

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 16: Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres skates away from the net after scoring his second goal against James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center on December 16, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

With the news this morning that (noted idiot) GM Pierre Gauthier has fired head coach Jacques Martin of the Montreal Canadiens, the total number of coaches who have been replaced in-season has risen to six. At the same time, news is surfacing that Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson has been quietly negotiating a contract extension with GM Brian Burke. Burke, who earlier this year made several statements hinting that the Leafs would only consider an extension for Wilson if Toronto made the playoffs, seems to have shifted in his seat (so to speak). With the Leafs mired in an extended downturn, one has to wonder if the timing is right on this rumored extension. This Toronto team probably has enough talent and depth to make the playoffs in a wide open Eastern Conference. At the same time, their AHL team's head coach, Dallas Eakins has started to gain national press as a potential NHL coach. The Marlies sit second in the AHL's Western Conference, and have the second best penalty kill in the league at 87%.

This is where I turn the conversation over to the masses. How should the Leafs proceed? Vote below. Links after the jump.

Sabres power play crushes Leafs

Recap from the G & M

Game 31: Game in 10

Quick hits from MLHS

Marlies shutout in Milwaukee

Jeff recaps at MarliesHQ

Are the Leafs one key injury away from being an also-ran?

Kessel or Lupul? Absolutely. VLM has the write-up

Time for addressing the Leafs missing piece is now

The Hockey Writers on trading for a star

Bob Bailey

New one from TML Central

The Leafs Offensively: Who's good and who's not

New from Hockey Analysis

The craziest things we've seen at hockey games

Dirty Dangle shares some stories

A brief history of Teemu Selanne

"GOALS" would suffice. New DGB

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