Does Ron WIlson Have An Obligation To Speak?

First Ron Wilson says he doesn’t want to be known as a loser and then he says he doesn’t want to speak to the MSM. 2 questions for you, first, the easy one, does anyone blame the guy for not wanting to talk ever day, answering the same questions over and over again? Didn’t think so. Second, is Wilson obligated to do so? Does Wilson have to stand with his back to the wall answering the exact same questions every day asked by the same group of guys? Or, is he in the alternative allowed to wave the hand, and refuse to comment?

It says here that despite what ever obligations the MSM may think Wilson has, he is well in his rights to shut his trap from time to time. His team is 3-16 and the questions are no less repetitive or in the least bit creative so why the hell should he be forced to suffer through it every day. This isn’t a market where PR is hard to come by, the leafs have lots of guys who can speak so that Wilson doesn’t have to be the voice every day. I don’t have a problem with Wilson’s silence at all.

Take a look here for a good theory on what is ailing the Maple Leafs and why/how Burke is going to deal with his problems. Personally, i think the vets should be sent to the minors and you deal with the recoverable waivers at the time. But that’s just me.

“The bigger question around the Leafs is how much longer general manager Brian Burke will choose to function in a state of virtual paralysis. Burke was lassoed from Anaheim and handed the keys to the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment vault not to sit idly while his team transitions from mediocrity to hopelessness. I’ve seen happier faces on a bottle of Iodine than the one Burke is walking around with these days, and it cannot possibly be more than another week or two before he starts taking whatever measures are available to him in the NHL’s restrictive salary-cap system.”

Interesting take by Berger in his blog. Predictable but interesting. Howard is no genius, he sees (when he goes to games) what we all see:

“How much longer will Burke tolerate Jason Blake, with two goals in 19 games?

Has Rickard Wallin proven he’s better prepared to make an impact – even a minor one – in the NHL today than he was in a failed attempt with Minnesota half-a-decade ago?

Is there any purpose in carrying Wayne Primeau and Jamal Mayers on the same floundering team?

Will Nikolai Kulemin ever show, for more than a few minutes, that he isn’t figuratively on some distant planet?

What service is Garnet Exelby [10 games, no points, minus-7] providing the Maple Leafs?

Can a player in the NHL possibly waste more energy and motion than Mikhail Grabovski?”

Where stay at home Berger fails, is offering solutions. A true insider does that. It’s very easy to sit back and identify the problem. What separates the pretenders from the real deal are those who can suggest fixes. That’s not to suggest any of them will be done, but at least it shows that the author has the ability to make suggestions and not just point out the obvious.

Well, tomorrow night is the nhl early season toilet bowl take 2. Leafs v Canes- bet the over



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Garrett Bauman
Garrett Bauman
November 19, 2009 12:49 am

Appreciate the link. Thanks!

Warning: a Leafs blogger is about to defend a Howard Berger article. Treasure this, it might be a once-in-a-lifetime thing (as in, it might get me killed at the hands of my brethren).

I thought Berger’s article was decent – true, not much in the way of solutions was offered, but perhaps that points to the larger issue of there being no easy solutions in the first place.

It’s easy to suggest sending veterans to the minors regardless of the waiver issue – but practically speaking, not so easy a decision to make. No matter what the move, there will be consequences to it — and what Burke & Co. are tasked with now is weighing not only the many potential approaches they could take to resolving the situation, but also the consequences of each to determine the best course of action not only for this season, but for the seasons following also.

Which, again, is where the cap ramifications of the waiver issue come into play.

There are no easy answers, at this stage, and that’s the sense I got from Howard’s article.

And you’ve got to admit, it was quite a nice change of pace from the “Loserville/blame the fans” approach we became so accustomed to a few months back.

Garrett Bauman
Garrett Bauman
November 19, 2009 12:55 am

As for RW, I think the coach does have an obligation to give the post-game press conference … but I don’t necessarily believe that obligation extends to having to discuss anything beyond the game that was just played. If he chooses to say “no comment” to the same repetitive string of questions during the presser, I can respect that.

To a certain extent, I am sure he is out of answers, also. The approach that earned him his outstanding coaching record in previous stops just hasn’t worked in Toronto, for whatever reason, and right now he is looking for answers the same as the rest of us. Toughest job in Toronto might just be that of the Leafs’ head coach, what with the endless scrutiny that comes with that minefield of a territory.

Al from Burlington
Al from Burlington
November 19, 2009 9:02 am

I have no problem with Ron Wilson not talking to the media. I am getting tired of his condescending and arrogant attitude.

I realize he is strapped with talent on the team, but I think when they Leafs continually come out flat, that is a direct reflection on the coaching staff that the team is not prepared to play.

The Leafs are a bad team, and the media coverage is way to extensive which results in boring mediocre coverage.

Only Burke can make drastic changes to try and fix this complete embarrassment of a professional sports team, but as long as people continue to pay outrageous prices, there is no pressure on him to react.

Burke talks tough, but does not walk the talk. What happened to his speech about putting veterans who are not performing in the minors etc. etc.

November 19, 2009 1:54 pm

Great Post.

I don’t think RW is obliged to say anything. He’s been relatively front and centre throughout this season, so I don’t think anyone should fault him for not making himself available when he chooses.

I do think that BB should be saying more regarding the situation, or in thinking about it, maybe I expect him to be doing more about it, rather than explaining it more. Burke was interacting with the media a lot in the preseason, and has not been nearly as public since the season began. This bothers me somewhat.

In regards to him doing anything about the situation we now face, it’s easy for us to say “send them to the minors!” or “make a trade!” Burke must maintain his respect and credibility in the league for every transaction he ever hopes to make in the future, and sending pro’s to the minors to toil is not something you want to be known for. Beyond that, our roster is thin on tradeable assets, and other GM’s smell blood in the water. There is no way Buke is getting reasonable offers, and he doesn’t want us to moan any more than we already are.

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