A lot of what was said on Tuesday at the Leafs’ annual charity golf tournament sounded an awful lot like many of Burke’s speeches the past 2 1/2 years in the job.
What was intriguing is what’s different.
For one, head coach Ron Wilson goes into the season without any cushion, as he’s in the final year of his contract and almost certainly won’t be back should the Leafs miss the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season.
And Burke doesn’t apologize for putting him in that lame duck role.
"If anyone here doubts my loyalty to Ron Wilson, based on the number of times that guys in this group [of media] have screamed at me to fire him, I can safely say I’ve done the right thing by Ron Wilson," Burke said.
"I do think he’s the right coach for this group. If we have the start we want, we’ll address his contractual situation right away. But I didn’t feel I had to extend him to show my loyalty to him. I think I’ve shown that time and again."
Hopefully Burke doesn't do anything silly, like re-upping Wilson after only 4 games.
More links after the jump.
Apparently you can dress six 4th liners for a hockey game.
Nostradamus wannabe Scott Cullen predicts a point decline for nearly every Leafs.
LNO takes a look at Petter Granberg.
I don't see Frattin or Caputi making any sort of real challenge for Kadri's spot though.
Jonathan Willis lets us know who the Leafs will need to catch to make the big dance.
Mike from VLM brings you some Leafs worthy of praise.
This and more photo goodness at Vintage Leafs.
Dirty Dangle tears apart an anti-fighting article.
How does DGB keep getting invited to these things?
Puck That Hurts with the medical linkage between the two.