Maple Leafs coach Wilson gets contract extension

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TORONTO — Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson has gotten his Christmas wish.

In this Nov. 20 photo, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. Wilson has gotten his Christmas wish. Two days after hinting on Twitter of his desire for a new contract, Wilson said on Sunday that the team has given him an extension.  File/Associated Press
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In this Nov. 20 photo, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. Wilson has gotten his Christmas wish. Two days after hinting on Twitter of his desire for a new contract, Wilson said on Sunday that the team has given him an extension.

Two days after hinting on Twitter of his desire for a new contract, Wilson says the team has given him an extension.

“‘He came! He came!’ Remember saying that as a little kid? Well he did: I got a new Red Ryder BB gun and a contract extension!” Wilson tweeted Sunday morning.

The team did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking confirmation. Wilson tweeted Friday that what he wanted for Christmas was a new contract from general manager Brian Burke.

“This Xmas could be better if Santa stuffs a certain piece of paper in my stocking. whatcouldthatbe,” Wilson posted on his Twitter account.

The 56-year-old Wilson is in the final season of a four-year contract. The Leafs are sixth in the Eastern Conference with 40 points. Toronto has not made the playoffs in three previous seasons under Wilson, who is 119-120-42 with the Leafs.

Wilson, a defenseman as a player, was selected by the Leafs in the 1975 draft. He has a 637-546-101-88 coaching record with Anaheim, Washington, San Jose and Toronto. He is 47-48 in the playoffs.


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