Sunday, June 8, 2008

WILSON, MAPLE LEAFS CLOSE TO AN AGREEMENT

Although a few issues need to be ironed out, Ron Wilson is poised to become the next head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With the key items negotiated, it's believed the two sides are very close on a four-year term with an announcement expected early next week, if not before. Wilson and interim general manager Cliff Fletcher are expected to talk again on Sunday.

Wilson, 53, has spent the last two decades behind the bench, compiling a record of 518-446-127 over his 1,091 games with the San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. His career win totals rank third among active coaches, behind Bryan Murray and Mike Keenan. He was also an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks in 1991 and 1992 under head coach Pat Quinn.

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