Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wilson keeps his assistants

Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler have been named assistant coaches. Hunter and Zettler will join Keith Acton on Ron Wilson’s coaching staff.

“Tim and Rob bring winning experience to the Maple Leafs coaching staff,” said general manager Cliff Fletcher. “Their familiarity with Ron’s coaching style, along with their previous success in San Jose, will allow them to quickly bring in a structured system for our players to work within.”
Not a surprise. Hunter's been Wilson's right hand man since the year after he retired, 1997-98, when he stepped behind the bench as an assistant with the Capitals.

He was also a candidate to replace Wilson in San Jose, but that job went to former Red Wings assistant coach Todd McLellan.

Zettler played under both in Washington and hopped onboard when they went to San Jose six years ago, making them one of the league's longest-serving coaching threesomes.

It'll be interesting to see what they can coax out of Toronto's lineup.



At 6:03 p.m., July 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that San Jose would fire such winners?

Anyway, I have heard that Tim Hunter's nose was never broken in his many fights. It's hard to believe when look at it.

Another story is that his nose was offside couple of times and that I do believe. It was Jim Peplinski who told this story.

At 6:48 p.m., July 22, 2008, Blogger Unknown said...

What can they do with the Leafs lineup? Not much. That team isn't going to come close to the playoffs.

At 12:41 a.m., July 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe Fletcher let Hayley Wickenheiser sign with Swedish team. Or KHL's Medvedev.

Btw, the league where Wickenheiser is not professional league like TSN and other media outlets always say (last time when she played in Finland).

Professional league is one where players make money for their living. These leagues pay their players in coupons.

All the players are either studying or working or collect money from unemployment.

At 3:54 p.m., July 23, 2008, Blogger savardwalsh said...

It'll be interesting to see what they can coax out of Toronto's lineup.

A 20-52-10 season?


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