Thank You Ron Wilson… and Jamal Mayers

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    Link: “We’re going through a phase right now where I challenge our players to get better every day and the only way you can do that is by attempting to win.”
    -Wilson

    “If you want to teach them to be professionals and get this organization going in the right direction, which the coaching staff and management is doing, then you have to teach guys how to win. Anything less than that is unacceptable.”
    -Mayers

    I’ve had just about enough of the Tank debate. Let the draft pick land where it may and go from there. A re-build has far more to it than simply drafting. Remember all the work Cliff Fletcher performed to combat the alleged “country club” atmosphere that had permeated the Leaf dressing room? Creating an atmosphere in which losing is in any shape or form acceptable is a serious case of backwards thinking.

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    Alec Brownscombe is the founder and editor of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He's published five magazines on the team entitled "The Maple Leafs Annual" with distribution in Chapters and newsstands across the country. He also co-hosts "The Battle of the Atlantic," a weekly show on TSN1200 that covers the Leafs and the NHL in-depth. Alec is a graduate of Trent University and Algonquin College with his diploma in Journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Canada's Best Hockey Blogger honours by Molson Canadian. You can contact him at alec.brownscombe@mapleleafshotstove.com.