I don't wish ill upon Ron Wilson at all. What, really, did he do to us? First of all, he got fired - not like he left or anything. Second, he implemented a team system which led to the Sharks playing extremely consistent hockey. Yes, we had playoff failures due to the consistency ... when effectiveness left us, we had no other recourse but the same old ruts. But, not many coaches could have done much better for us. With an even more talented roster and a brand new coach, our team still failed in the playoffs last year.
He ruined the development of Carle and Ehrhoff? Ehrhoff developed just fine. Carle was never as good as everyone kept touting him to be, and even if he eventually gets there, look at the development path of a guy like Boyle - it takes a long, long time. It might happen in 2-3 years. So, is that Ron Wilson's fault? It's not all on the coach, after all. Much more is on the player.
Ill will toward him? whatever. He was another scapegoat for this fanbase. Decent coach with his own downsides (like any coach).
Ron is one of the best coaches in the league. Toronto might win a cup with him doing his thang in the future. Toronto's defense is also much better than we do right now. Goaltending with Gustavsson and Toskala is also better.
I liked what Burke did this summer with the exception of Kessel. The additions of Komarisek and Beauchmein to Schenn, Kaberle, and Finger gives them one of the league's best defenses, even if they haven't gotten their **** together yet. Gustavsson should be a starter for a long time. Half of the team is covered. Unfortunately for them, the other half, their forwards, were absolute crap. Getting the Sedins would have been perfect, but unfortunately, that didn't work out. They should have bid on Havlat who signed real cheap. Maybe he did, in any event Burky came up short.
So Burke goes out and spend 2 likely top 10 picks and a early second (plus the following years second) to grab a single player. In Kessel they are getting a soft but legit first line sniper. A hell of a player, but not someone you want as your main threat on a cup contender. Burke got his Selanne, but doesn't have his Getzlaf, Perry, Penner, or Kunitz, maybe he has his McDonald in Bozak and Perry in Kadri. That still leaves him three top 6 players short (in addition to having Kaberle and Komarisek instead of Pronger and Niedermayer). If they were getting acquiring that top end franchise player, I could understand the use of the picks, but the truth is he got a complimentary forward. Even if Bozak, Grabovski, and Kumelin work out, they are still not good enough. Burke needed at least four more top end forward prospects, and now he must to rely on FA signings, who are more expensive and take longer to build chemistry, learn the system, ect. In my eyes, Burke went for the quick fix, not a way to build a team.