Leafs Reward Wilson With ‘Red Ryder,’ New Deal

Leafs Reward Wilson With ‘Red Ryder,’ New Deal
Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs have rewarded Ron Wilson with a contract extension despite the team’s absence from the playoffs in his three seasons at the helm.

Wilson, who among active coaches stands first in all-time wins with 637 and all-time games coached with 1,372, has agreed to a new deal with the Leafs, general manager Brian Burke confirmed via email to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun on Sunday.

Details weren’t disclosed. The 56-year-old Wilson is in the final season of a four-year contract.

“He came! He came!” Wilson tweeted Sunday morning, presumably referring to Santa. “Remember saying that as a little kid? Well he did: I got a new Red Ryder BB gun and a contract extension!”

The Maple Leafs sit second in the Northeast Division at 18-13-4 and sixth in the Eastern Conference with 40 points.

Wilson was hired by the Leafs in June 2008, less than a month after he was fired by the San Jose Sharks.

Wilson, 119-120-42 with the Maple Leafs, has an NHL career coaching record of 637-566-169.

Wilson also has coached the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals.

Drafted as a player by Toronto in 1975, Wilson, a former defenseman, spent parts of three seasons with the Leafs before playing four seasons with the Minnesota North Stars.

Wilson tweeted Friday that what he wanted for Christmas was a new contract from Burke.

“This Xmas could be better if Santa stuffs a certain piece of paper in my stocking. whatcouldthatbe,” Wilson posted.

Associated Press

Photo Credit:Getty Images

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Preston Waters

Preston Waters is a thinker. He's not your traditional philosophical persona, however, as he leaves no topic untouched. Covering all the bases, from business to women, Preston Waters is the ultimate man's man for Gen-Y.

More In Sports

Sports Joseph Milord

This 2-Year-Old Is A More Intense Sports Fan Than You’ll Ever Be (Video)

The Pittsburgh Penguins’s chase for the Stanley Cup has a new face, and it’s that of a 2-year-old. With longtime Penguins broadcaster Phil Bourque coining the Buckle-Up-Baby phrase that has become a popular hashtag and social media subject amongst Pittsburgh fans, little Tyler Avolia has become know as the #BuckleUpBaby, and it’s easy to see why. […]

Sports Joseph Milord

48 Subtle Reasons Every True American Should Love Baseball

Baseball has been back in full swing for just over a month now and, because of it, life just seems to have gotten so much better. The wait that occurs between the October you can’t script and the first day of pitchers and catchers is one that is not only filled with anxiety, but teases […]

Also On Elite

Politics

A Greedy Congressman Thinks An Annual Salary Of $174,000 Is Underpaid

Only in America would someone who gets paid $174,000 a year have the gall to say he’s underpaid and cannot live comfortably. And only in America would that person have been appointed a lawmaker. The Huffington Post reports that Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) told radio station CQ Roll Call that he thinks members of Congress […]