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San Jose Sharks press conference to introduce the team's new head coach.
THURS., MAY 28
1:00 p.m. (PDT)
* Doug Wilson, General Manager - San Jose Sharks
* Sharks new head coach
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The San Jose Sharks are expected to announce Peter DeBoer as their next head coach before the end of the week, a source said.
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, when reached by ESPN.com, declined to comment.
DeBoer, who coached the New Jersey Devils to a berth in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals, was fired by the Devils 36 games into this season, his fourth behind the Devils bench. He also coached the Florida Panthers from the 2008-09 season through 2010-11.
from Chris Nichol's of Today's Slapshot,
Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Monday morning.
On what he expects with the San Jose Sharks in terms of their coaching situation, and how Dan Bylsma has been making the rounds:
“Honestly – that’s a great way to phrase the question – I honestly don’t know. I was told he was going to interview about 20 guys and I think he’s taking a good run at that.
“I believe he’s interviewed Bylsma. Somebody told me he hasn’t, but I believe he will or has. I know he’s interviewed Peter DeBoer. He’s interviewed Dave Lowry. I heard he did a phone interview with Rob Zettler, but he’s probably not the candidate. Another name I heard they’ve been talking to out there is Dave Quinn, who’s the coach of Boston University. Adam Oates was out there last week.
“I think it’s still possible that he may interview some guys who are still alive in the playoffs, like Trent Yawney in Anaheim. I also wonder about a couple of guys – Kevin Dineen in Chicago and Scott Arniel in New York. These are guys who are legit candidates and I wonder if anybody is going to wait to speak to them after their teams have been knocked out.
from Curtis Pashelka and David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Two hockey analysts with ties to the Sharks have very different ideas about what General Manager Doug Wilson should be seeking in his next coach.
"A coach is going to have to be able to come in there and be a fence-mender a little bit," said Drew Remenda, longtime Sharks broadcaster until this season and a onetime assistant coach for the team. "The coach coming in, he'll be solid in Xs and Os -- and everybody who gets a shot is -- but his communication skills are key."
NBC analyst and former Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick suggested Wilson should hire someone a bit rough around the edges to replace Todd McLellan, who left the team by mutual agreement last week.
"They need someone with a firm hand, someone who is not afraid to challenge the players verbally," Roenick said. "I thought Todd was a great player's coach. If there was one thing that I wish he did more was be a little bit more verbal and vocal on a fiercer side."
There are some players, he added, "that need to be motivated, that need to be kicked in the ass on more of a regular basis. When they disappear for four or five games, it's not acceptable."
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The Sharks' failure to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003 will not result in top management turnover.
Owner Hasso Plattner sent a 513-word message to season-ticket holders Thursday that said both general manager Doug Wilson and chief operating officer John Tortora "did a good job" last year and offered no hint of potential changes at the top of the organization.
Recognizing fan disappointment in not making the playoffs, Plattner at the same time reaffirmed his commitment to Wilson's rebuild.
"We had hoped we could do both, stay competitive and rebuild at the same time," Plattner wrote. "It was close, but other teams in our conference were better, at least throughout the whole season, and deservedly finished ahead of us."
The media session with Doug Wilson, GM of the San Jose Sharks is scheduled for 4:00pm ET.
Watch below via CSNBayArea...
from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,
Doug Wilson now gets to do something he hasn’t had to do in more than a decade -- redefine the franchise. His stance on the benefits of incremental change has to change, as the evidence that this team has dead-ended itself is now too overwhelming to ignore or wallpaper.
He has always had owner Hasso Plattner’s ear; now he has to sing a new song. And it isn’t just Joe Thornton that’s the issue. It’s a roster-wide examination that is needed, and an organizational one as well. The old Sharks are dead or close enough to it to require a new Sharks. The question that never had to be asked -- “Do you want to be here?” -- now has to be asked of everyone in the organization, and the answers aren’t as easy to come by as they used to be.
Wilson needs to be good not only at asking the question, but in understanding the answer. If San Jose was once a destination franchise, it is not one currently. In fact, for the next several months, the operation will be defined not by who stays, but by who goes.
And Todd McLellan was the first shot. As in “fired.”
SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks and Todd McLellan have mutually agreed to part ways.
In related moves, Assistant Coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, and Video Coordinator Brett Heimlich have been relieved of their duties. Associate Coach Larry Robinson moved into his full-time role of director of player development at the conclusion of the 2014-15 regular season.
“I want to thank Todd and his staff for their years of service to the San Jose Sharks organization,” said Wilson. “Sometimes a change is best for all parties involved but nothing will take away from what Todd and his staff accomplished here over the last seven seasons.”
“San Jose will always hold a special place for me and my family,” said McLellan. “I would like to thank Doug and the Sharks organization for allowing me the opportunity to coach at the National Hockey League level. While we both agree that a change is in the best interest of myself and the team, I’m proud of what we accomplished as an organization.”
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
A little more than a month after Joe Thornton told his general manager to "shut his mouth," the veteran center took two jabs at his coach during Wednesday's locker clean-out session.
No changes were made in the Sharks hierarchy, but Todd McLellan's future remains in doubt. McLellan has said he wanted to discuss his situation with his family before deciding if it made sense to come back for the final year of his contract.
"I have no idea," Thornton said when asked if a coaching change was needed. "Todd has to talk to his family. Maybe he should talk to this family as well in here. We'll see what happens."...
When Thornton was asked, he said failure to make the playoffs shows there is room for improvement as far as team culture. Where would that improvement need to come from?
"Everywhere," he said. "It comes from the coaches, and they bring it down to us. It comes from everywhere."
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
Todd McLellan remains the coach of the Sharks, saying Wednesday that he and the organization need more time to decide the next course of action after the team missed the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2003.
McLellan, who has become the winningest coach in franchise history over the last seven seasons, said a decision on his future with the team will probably be made before he leaves April 24 to coach Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.
"The answers you guys are looking for today, I'm not going to be able to give them to you," McLellan said. "I need a little more time, I'm sure the organization needs a little bit more time."
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