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Maple Leafs coach gets Christmas wish -- Wilson tweets he has a new contract

Sunday, 12.25.2011 / 1:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Maple Leafs coach gets Christmas wish -- Wilson tweets he has a new contract

TORONTO - Ron Wilson must have been good this year.

Two days after hinting at his desire for a new contract on Twitter, the Toronto Maple Leafs coach tweeted 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.

Wilson tweeted Friday that his Christmas wish was for a new contract from Leafs 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 official Twitter account.

The 56-year-old is in the final season of a four-year contract and currently has the Leafs sixth in the Eastern Conference with 40 points.

Toronto has not made the playoffs in three prior seasons under Wilson, who is 119-120-42 overall with the Leafs.

The team did not immediately respond to an email seeking confirmation of the new deal.

Wilson, a defenceman in his playing days who was selected by the Leafs in the 1975 draft, 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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