The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Ron Wilson.
Among other things, Burke said he could not bear to let Wilson face fans at the Air Canada Centre again after they booed him and chanted for him to be fired.
Burke also had very little confidence that Wilson could turn this season. Burke likened the team’s season to a 30-tonne truck being driven off a cliff, and said that even from talking to managers in other sports, that few had seen the kind of dropoff that the Leafs have seen recently, from sitting comfortably in the eighth spot to get them into the playoffs to falling five points out of playoff contention.
Burke went on to say that hiring a new coach now in Randy Carlyle saves them a month in the fall. He believes there is a slim chance that Carlyle could turn this team’s fortunes around and make the playoffs, but at the same time he doesn’t have to introduce a brand new coach on the first day of training camp.