With this extension, I think Brian Burke has taken his future with the Leafs out of his own hands and put it into Ron Wilson's. If Wilson fails, Burke has failed.
He decided to extend an inept coach instead of firing him, even going so far to call him a "future HOFer" and one of the "top 10 coaches in the game." If the team misses the playoffs, both should be handed their pink slips.
Right now, the status quo should remain.
How many coaches have Dean Lombardi and Bryan Murray been able to gas and they've still kept their jobs, And BB has accomplish more than either them.
This extension is nothing more than a media diversion IMO. If we manage to miss the playoffs agian Wilson will be gone no doubt. From Burke's end, Why would he use one of his 'bullets' so to say by firing a coach who has the team in 6th at Christmas.
Leaf fans are pretty trash to jump on a poster for stating his opinion as nice as this guy did. He didn't go off and call Wilson an idiot, least treat the guy with some respect before you call him a kid, childish, etc. most of you don't know **** about hockey anyway.
But as for the question: No. Burke has been one of our better GM's and during his reign of terror and his trading skills are on par with that of Glen Sather while his scouting staff has done great work in getting promising prospects. But OP has a point, after being first in the NHL for however brief the Leafs have gone on a landslide and currently under .500 with a 4-4-2 record for december.