In his 17th season coaching in the NHL, Ron Wilson has pretty much seen it all.
And the fact Leafs fans were again calling for him to be canned during last night's 6-3 loss to the Thrashers doesn't appear to bother him.
"I have strong shoulders," Wilson said. "That's just something that doesn't come from a lot of people, but it always sounds loud. It's usually unfortunately the silent majority gets overruled by the vocal minority. So that's just part of the game."
As for the objects thrown on the ice (waffles made their second appearance when a fan threw them during play), the Leafs admitted it's difficult to take.
"We do go out there and we do try to give it our all every game so it's not like it's anything to do with effort," winger Kris Versteeg said. "Now it comes down to just going out there and doing it. I don't know what else to tell you."
"It's one thing to have your fans boo you and getting all over you that way, but it's another thing for people to start throwing things all over the ice," defenceman Luke Schenn said.
The Leafs will hold their annual outdoor practice tomorrow and then have three days off before flying into New Jersey and playing the Devils on Boxing Day.
- Rookie Nazem Kadri said he hasn't enjoyed his two games as a healthy scratch. "It didn't take me too long to realize how much I didn't like the press box," Kadri said. "I want to be on the ice, helping the boys out, helping this team."
- Kadri added that he heard the booing more from the press box: "You can hear the fans' reactions a lot more than on the ice. Everyone's frustrated. So is this team a little bit. It's just how we bounce back."
- Wilson said netminder J-S Giguere will miss roughly the next two weeks with his groin injury, paving the way for rookie James Reimer to likely get his first ever NHL start in the near future. "We're very confident in James," Wilson said. "He might and he probably should play a game in here somewhere."