Tuesday, December 27, 2011

NHL Power Rankings: Christmas Break

Ron Wilson comes out of the break with a contract extension so it seems Santa has been good to him. As for the rest of the Leafs, December has been a very lacklustre month despite winning their last two games before the holidays.  Those wins were largely due to goalie James Reimer returning to form after being sidelined for 6 weeks.  Let's hope he continues into the new year.

Here is the weekly Internet power rankings.  The list is short this week because of Christmas.

ESPN - 15th (+4)

Two big wins over the Sabres and Islanders helped make the holiday break celebratory for the Leafs. Head coach Ron Wilson got a special present with a much-anticipated contract extension. Will a long-awaited playoff berth be close behind?

Fox Sports - 16th (-)

With his new contract extension, Ron Wilson gets to build on his 1,372 games coached and 637 wins, both of which lead all active coaches.

CBS Sports - 18th (-)

Ron Wilson's team has missed the playoffs three years in a row, but he has still shown Brian Burke enough to earn a contract extension for at least another year. That's still no guarantee he's behind the bench next season if the Maple Leafs miss the playoffs again.

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