Phil Kessel generally does not wear his emotions on his sleeve when speaking to the media.

But the Maple Leafs' leading scorer seemed genuinely saddened when asked on Sunday about his former coach, Ron Wilson.

Offensively, Kessel has had back-to-back career seasons under Wilson and the two seemed to hit it off on a personal level. So, when Wilson was given the onion by general manager Brian Burke on Friday, Kessel admittedly was upset and more than willing to share his feelings about the situation.

"I have nothing but good things to say about Ron," Kessel said, following new coach Randy Carlyle's first practice with the Leafs on Sunday afternoon. "I liked Ron a lot. I thought he did a good job for us. I think the fans here were tough on him. It's a tough situation. This is a tough town if you go on a skid like that.