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Maple Leafs confirm coach Ron Wilson's extension

Monday, 12.26.2011 / 3:51 PM / News

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Maple Leafs confirm coach Ron Wilson's extension

TORONTO (AP) - A day after Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson tweeted that he had signed a new contract, general manager Brian Burke made it official.

Burke announced the deal during Monday's AHL game between the Toronto Marlies and the Hamilton Bulldogs at Air Canada Centre. Terms were not released.

Wilson was in the final season of a four-year contract. He hinted Friday on Twitter that he wanted a new contract from Santa Claus for Christmas. He tweeted again Sunday morning, saying he had gotten his wish.

The Leafs are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The team has not made the playoffs in Wilson's three prior seasons.

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Hopefully [Jonathan] has a year that pushes us, that is the organization, to speak to him next summer and looking for [a long-term contract]. Because the thought process is trying to get a goaltender, and hopefully it's Jonathan, to be the stabilizer for this franchise.

— Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello on goaltender Jonathan Bernier