Brian Burke: "We don't pay coaches to score goals."
Good morning, Leafs Nation. And welcome to... A Leafs Fan Frets.
I will be your fretter-in-chief, your one-man fret machine. Join me. Let us fret together as our beloved baffling Leafs – now with one win in their past 6 games – toy with our hopes and dreams.
The good news: Toronto is only 4 points away from top spot in the East. The bad news: Toronto is only 4 points away from bottom spot in the East.
Leafs Nation, buoyed by a magical start this season, was such a blissful place to inhabit in early October. You'd walk around town and cross paths with someone in a blue-and-white jersey and it was smiles and high-fives.
"The boys look good this year, don't they?"
"Absolutely! Speed, passing, goaltending – we've got it all!"
Now we fret.
Last year, around this time, fans blamed the players for the team's appalling start. But most of those players were shipped out of town. So now fans are glancing around and pointing fingers elsewhere.
My inbox is jammed with indignant notes calling for the head of Ron Wilson. To wit: "It's time to fire the coach!" "We need a new coach!" "The coach is the problem!"
So I asked Brian Burke about all of this. His response this morning was brief and firm:
"We don't pay coaches to score goals. Our offensive players need to pick it up, and in a hurry. A coaching change has not even been considered, let alone discussed."
The Leafs most complete, most dominating game this season was against Ottawa, their opponent tomorrow night at the Air Canada Centre.
If Toronto can rekindle the magic, our record improves to a respectable 6-4-1. If not, the fretting shall intensify.
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