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Sharks GM Talks Changes

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

During a phone conversation following the draft, (Doug) Wilson was asked how many new players he expects to see on the team by the time training camp opens in September. Half a dozen? A dozen?

“Don’t hold me to this,” Wilson said, “but we’re looking at potentially six, seven, eight changes on the roster. As I say, don’t hold me to that or to a time frame.  But that would be realistic.”

In other words, don’t expect a nuclear teal explosion. But don’t expect a small firecracker, either. The Sharks’ roster shake-up will fall somewhere between those two extremes, with the needle leaning toward a surgical and significant attack….

Best guesses on those names: Mike Grier, Travis Moen, Claude Lemieux. Maybe one or two others. Rob Blake? A coin flip.

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Sharks May Try To Move Up In The Draft

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has said that he intends to try to give himself a boost up the draft ladder to get a selection in the top three.

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has said no such thing. But the whispers around the league say that Wilson has a better chance of getting one of those top picks than Burke does.

For one thing, Wilson has more to offer. After a disappointing playoff, almost everyone on the team is available. Furthermore, Wilson has done an in-depth analysis and realizes that he has to change the core of his team. That means he’ll move out an elite veteran to get an elite youngster.

more NHL topics from Al…

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Roenick On the Awards Show In Las Vegas

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Are The Wings About To Decline?

from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,

After another deep run that ought to result in another Stanley Cup (they are playing at home, after all), the Wings showed more age and thinning tread. They may end up being today’s champs, but one has to wonder more seriously about their chances for 2010.

Their core players are still superb, but Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, Valteri Filppula and Johan Franzen are all difficult players with which to cope. And as the league’s oldest team, it may have to reinvent itself. . The long list of injuries the Wings have endured makes their choices this summer even more complicated. The Wings aren’t going anywhere, but it is fair to say that their arc has leveled off and may in fact begin to decline. That can’t be anything but good for the Sharks.

There are, of course, the other moving parts here. Pittsburgh remains better than San Jose and in fact has widened the gap based on performance. Chicago has passed the Sharks by any reasonable analysis, St. Louis and Columbus suddenly are part of the mix, and Anaheim is still Anaheim.

more on other teams the Sharks may be competing against…

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Inaccurate Reporting

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

And in this morning’s (Wednesday) Toronto Sun, these two paragraphs appeared in a story focusing on trade talk:

“Another GM getting a lot of attention is San Jose’s Doug Wilson. Sources say he has gotten numerous calls about captain Patrick Marleau and centre Joe Thornton after a first-round exit from the playoffs, thanks to the Ducks.

“Wilson insisted he isn’t going to move either player, but he wants to make moves.”

Now what should get your attention is that part about Wilson insisting that Marleau will be playing for the Sharks next season. If true, that would be big hockey news in San Jose.

But I talked with Wilson this afternoon after he got home and he said the report is inaccurate. He said he never said that to anyone and, in fact, didn’t field any questions at all from the Sun reporter present, Ottawa-based Bruce Garrioch.

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Who Stays, Who Goes In San Jose

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News via the Monterey Herald,

My conversation with (Doug) Wilson took place earlier this week before we both appeared on a Comcast SportsNet Bay Area television show, the one which features sportswriters of all ages and sizes, proving definitively that none of us are as smooth or smart as host Greg Papa.

For example, on the show in question, Papa was pressing exactly the right issue with Wilson — whether Shark scoring leader Joe Thornton needs to amp up his attitude in the playoffs — when the general manager inadvertently let it slip that Thornton isn’t going anywhere.

Some had wondered if he might be on the trade market.

“I know one thing,” Wilson said. “It bothers Joe every day right now, that we’re still not playing. That’s the kind of guy we want to be in the foxhole with going forward.”

Okay, that’s one guy who’ll definitely be back for 2009-10. What about the rest? What about captain Patrick Marleau? Or goalie Evgeni Nabokov? Any others?

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Sharks Meet Their Fans

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The hard questions were supposed to come from the 2,400 people who showed up Thursday night at HP Pavilion for the annual State of the Sharks session. But none was more blunt than the one General Manager Doug Wilson threw back at the crowd as he talked about the future.

“Is this the final time we have to get kicked in the ass to realize we’re going to commit to whatever it takes to get to the next level?” Wilson said.

The general manager was defining the overriding issues he needs to deal with as he decides what moves must be made after San Jose finished the regular season as the NHL’s best team, only to be eliminated by Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs.

The black drapes that served as the backdrop inside the Tank provided a funeral-like setting, and Wilson talks of his ongoing analysis as an autopsy.

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Sharks Will Face Their Fans

via SanJoseSharks.com,

San Jose Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison announced today that the organization will host their annual “State of the Sharks” function on Thursday, May 14 at HP Pavilion at 7 p.m.

The event, which will be open to the general public, will provide a forum for Sharks fans to ask questions directly to members of the organization as the team prepares for the 2009-10 season.

Scheduled to be in attendance along with Jamison are Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson, Head Coach Todd McLellan and players Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski. Additional players may be added to the panel next week.

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The Problems With The Sharks

from Drew Rememda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

There are certain people I talk to all the time during the NHL season. They are players, coaches, broadcasters and scouts….  Since the Sharks ouster from the playoffs, I’ve had several conversations with these respected individuals and here is their collective take on the team.

The Sharks are a dyslexic team. They are all 6’4” but they play like they are 4’6’‘.

The Sharks lack determination, you just don’t see it on a regular basis.

The players seem too comfortable in San Jose they are treated very well and nobody wants to get their hands dirty.

The Sharks lack depth, the 3rd and 4th lines don’t scare anybody.

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Still Hurting

from Randy Hahn of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

As you scroll through this section you will notice that none of the broadcasters have chimed in yet on how the Sharks season ended a week ago. There’s a perfectly good explanation, or two, for that.

First of all, what do you say? The greatest expectations in the 18 year history of the franchise went crumbling to the ground before our very eyes. It ended way too soon. It hit Rusanowski, Baker, Remenda and I with the same “kicked in the gut” feeling that many of you had and still have. It was brutal. There’s not much else you can say about it….

So I went to the well again. I asked my Facebook “friends”, how they felt about the Sharks now that the “raw emotions” have worn off. Here’s what they said.

Heidi
I’m still disappointed, especially watching other teams still playing. It still hurts, but I’m over the worst part. I trust in DW (Doug Wilson) to do whatever is necessary to prevent this from happening again. I agree when he says it’s going to be a painful summer.

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