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from David Pollak of Working The Corners,

Q: Other than Brent Burns with Team Canada, and Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton in an under-18 tournament two decades ago, is there anyone else on the Sharks you’ve coached before?

A: No, no. Everybody gets a fresh, clean slate and that’s the way it should be. When you go through a tough year like last year, I think that’s what the players want and I think the benefit of having a new coach is you can provide that.

Q: The Sharks missed the playoffs for first time under Wilson. What’s the primary thing that needs to change to make this team more successful?

A: I’m going to roll up my sleeves here this summer. I don’ t think there’s one thing. I think there’s a lot of things.

I want to talk to the players. I’ve had some good conversations with Doug. I want to watch some more game film. I’ve got some ideas in my head but I can’t box it up for you in one package here.

I can tell you I believe it’s fixable. The biggest thing that’s going to be fixed and the most comforting thing to me is the character of this group. You have a lot of proud people here that aren’t too happy about where they were sitting at the end of last season.

My history with that is if you’ve got character and you’ve been through that you’re ready to push back. I think we’re going to see that.

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Not to slam the coach, but that was a cliche-fest.  The word “character” was used a lot, and that isn’t a word normally associated with a group that has underachieved in the playoffs almost every year.  I’m not saying the players are lacking, but what is his basis for that assessment?  Also, everyone would like to play a puck possession game.  The question is, do you have the personnel that can play it?

Posted by cantskate on 05/29/15 at 12:38 PM ET

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