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Muller an option to replace Leafs' Wilson

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08:44 AM ET 01.26 | If they make a change, the Maple Leafs could hire an assistant and former Canadiens player away from Montreal. It is looking more and more like Ron Wilson will finish this season behind the bench of the Toronto Maple Leafs. That is probably a good thing, considering that if/when GM Brian Burke decides to make a change, there will be more head coaching options in the summer. In particular, Kirk Muller could be available. And not to jump a step and look too far ahead, but he would be the ideal candidate. That is not just because everyone seems to think Muller, who is currently an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens, would make a great head coach. But because he appears to be the anti-Wilson.

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January 26, 2011  09:01 AM ET

Wilson is part of the problem, and Muller would likely be an upgrade. But Burkie is still there, and the talent is still a little thin.

January 26, 2011  09:03 AM ET

I guess having a future plan is better than the current way of doing business :
hoping the hockey fairy/wizard will magically fix your problems for you

January 26, 2011  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wilson is part of the problem, and Muller would likely be an upgrade. But Burkie is still there, and the talent is still a little thin.

Why bother? Why throw another coach under the bus? Nothing will change in Toronto as long as the present culture of greed continues.

As long as they're making money hand over fist, does anyone really think management cares if the Leafs win or lose? Until the fans start staying away from AC Center in significant numbers, nothing will change. And, since Leafs fans won't stay away, Status Quo remains.

January 26, 2011  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

As long as they're making money hand over fist, does anyone really think management cares if the Leafs win or lose? Until the fans start staying away from AC Center in significant numbers, nothing will change. And, since Leafs fans won't stay away, Status Quo remains.

a valid point

January 26, 2011  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Why bother? Why throw another coach under the bus? Nothing will change in Toronto as long as the present culture of greed continues. As long as they're making money hand over fist, does anyone really think management cares if the Leafs win or lose? Until the fans start staying away from AC Center in significant numbers, nothing will change. And, since Leafs fans won't stay away, Status Quo remains.

Agreed to a certain extent. We kind of have that same problem here: The Pittsburgh Pirates.

January 26, 2011  09:29 AM ET

The anti-Wilson?

He's got my vote.

Now if they could just find the anti-Burke.

January 26, 2011  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Agreed to a certain extent. We kind of have that same problem here: The Pittsburgh Pirates.

True. There is no incentive for either the Leafs or the Pirates to improve as long as they are making money. When the ownership has no pride, what are you gonna do?

January 26, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The anti-Wilson? He's got my vote. Now if they could just find the anti-Burke.

That'd be Bryan Murray. ;o)

January 26, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Agreed to a certain extent. We kind of have that same problem here: The Pittsburgh Pirates.

Morning DWI - have the Penguins purchased a case of Monistat for Geno's "infection?"

January 26, 2011  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That'd be Bryan Murray. ;o)

I'm not sure about that but the press conferences would be more fun.

January 26, 2011  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Morning DWI - have the Penguins purchased a case of Monistat for Geno's "infection?"

5 and 1 without Sid in the last six...

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January 26, 2011  09:41 AM ET

Hey Kirk, the grass isn't always greener...

January 26, 2011  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That'd be Bryan Murray. ;o)

hahaha - beat me to it.... I hear Murray might be looking for work soon

January 26, 2011  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Hey Kirk, the grass isn't always greener...

certainly not is this case

January 26, 2011  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Why bother? Why throw another coach under the bus? Nothing will change in Toronto as long as the present culture of greed continues. As long as they're making money hand over fist, does anyone really think management cares if the Leafs win or lose? Until the fans start staying away from AC Center in significant numbers, nothing will change. And, since Leafs fans won't stay away, Status Quo remains.

Ive always disagreed with this theory. Before the cap the Leafs payroll was right up there with the top teams.New practice facility etc. They've always spent lots of money....just not very good at it. They spent big bux on Burkie...so far he hasn't been very good at spending it either.

January 26, 2011  09:53 AM ET

Last night of hockey until next Tuesday...I'm betting the ASG draft won't be televised on US tv Friday eve.

January 26, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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Muller is also a former Leaf.

And if he's half as smart as they think he is, he'll remain that way.

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January 26, 2011  10:02 AM ET
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It's going to be live on CNN...they're doing ANYTHING for ratings these days.

Funny how the big story is Sid missing the AS game when it should be the fact that he's missed nine straight...Hello, Pittsburgh med staff...I'd have to say that you missed something during your exam of your numero uno hombre!

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