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Ron Wilson hints about contract extension

Head coach Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs gives instructions during a timeout against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 2, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Ron Wilson may have the contract extension he wants, judging by a tweet he issued late Friday night.

The Toronto Maple Leafs head coach, who is in the last year of his contract, posted the following on Twitter: "This Xmas could be better if Santa stuffs a certain piece of paper in my stocking. #whatcouldthatbe"

It was an obvious reference to a contract extension, one Leafs general manager Brian Burke has said will be done when the time is right.

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The Leafs won their second consecutive game Friday night, 5-3 over the New York Islanders, to go into the Christmas break on a high note. Up to the back-to-back wins on Thursday and Friday, the Leafs were sliding.

Burke could not be immediately reached for comment.

However, it is also possible Wilson, who has a fractious relationship with the media, was pulling everyone's chain a day before Christmas.

The tweet was made as the Leafs, including Burke and Wilson, were on their charter flight home from New York after the Islander game.

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A native of Wainfleet, Ont., David Shoalts joined The Globe in 1984 after working at the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun and Toronto Sun. He graduated in 1978 from Conestoga College and also attended the University of Waterloo. More

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