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Wilson set to sign on with Leafs

Ron Wilson’s first head coaching job was with a no-talent expansion team in Anaheim.

Ron Wilson’s first head coaching job was with a no-talent expansion team in Anaheim. Next up was a team that was perennially out of the playoffs in Washington. Then he took over a San Jose club that was in complete disarray, one that would undergo a GM change two months after he was hired.

So now, he figures he’s ready for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Wilson will be in town this week, likely tomorrow, to put his signature on a four-year deal — believed to be worth $5.6 million — to take over coaching the club he broke into the NHL with in the 1977-78 season.

“I’ve been a Toronto Maple Leaf fan my whole life,” said Wilson, reached in Hilton Head, S.C. “I was lucky enough to have played for them for a short period of time, and how many kids when they’re seven or eight years old dream to be a Toronto Maple Leaf and wish they could wear No. 14 and eventually do that.”

Wilson, 53, was the only candidate interim GM Cliff Fletcher had contacted, and the Leafs were the only team Wilson spoke to after he was fired by San Jose.

“I think he’ll do a great job,” said Fletcher, reached in Phoenix. “He’s got a great track record, I fully believe he’s the right man for the job at this time.

 
 
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