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A Q & A with Doug Wilson
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
“We look at it from our point of view. We take a look at every team in the league and there’s teams that are trying to decide if they’re a today team or a tomorrow team. … The cap system, we’re going to need (our prospects).
Having said that, do you explore everything? Yeah, we always have and we always will. But the next month or so will be another opportunity — knock on wood, we get a couple guys back healthy
it would be nice to have all our puzzle pieces together so you get to view your team. I think we have a pretty good read on our group and right now, we like the depth, we like the competition that’s there. It’s a battle just to stay in. I see more competition coming from the Barracuda if you ask (coach) Roy (Sommer).”
more questions and answers...
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
It still boggles the mind a bit that at age 34, Wilson decided to leave a solid Chicago team and throw in with a guaranteed expansion loser. But he had consulted with business friends about Silicon Valley and was eager to see what it might offer. He's just grateful that his family came aboard with the plan. Wilson and his wife, Kathy, came west with four children, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1.
On this celebration weekend for the Sharks, it's no time to discuss all of the ups and downs that followed. Jack Ferreira the Sharks first general manager, who's now a special assistant in the Los Angeles Kings front office, is familiar with the slings and arrows faced by every general manager. Maybe that's why Ferreira always thought in terms of the good rosters that Wilson kept assembling season after season rather than the playoff results.
"I think he's done a great job," said Ferreira, who noted that one of Wilson's underrated qualities is his retention and support of key personnel people such as scouting director Tim Burke and his staff.
Shark fans have not always agreed with that assessment. Particularly after the 2014 playoff collapse against the Los Angeles Kings -- when the Sharks lost four straight games after taking a 3-0 series lead -- there were calls for Wilson's head. There were even louder calls for franchise stalwarts Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to be traded. But team owner Hasso Plattner stuck with Wilson.
Those who deal with Wilson will always mention the same thing: Sometimes he is too loyal to his players and his deals, standing behind the personalities and decisions even as they don't always pan out.
SI's Allan Muir gave a very blunt look at the Western Conference's non-playoff teams to determine whether they've really improved themselves this summer, and I haven't read much of anything about the San Jose Sharks yet, so:
San Jose Sharks (89 points, 12th)
Underperforming veterans, sophomore slumps, brutal goaltending and a fractured core combined to make the Sharks last season’s most disappointing team. It would be nice to paint 2014-15 as an aberration but even after a summer of shakeups this group is more likely to replicate its 15th-place finish in goals-for (2.73) and 24th in goals-against (2.76) than match it top-four results of both categories in 2013-14.
GM Doug Wilson brought in a new voice behind the bench in Peter DeBoer and moved on from Antti Niemi by investing in Martin Jones, an unproven starting goalie. There’s potential for improvement with this swap, but the 25-year-old is a work-in-progress. There’s also risk with the addition of defenseman Paul Martin as well. The veteran blueliner is a solid puck mover and reliable minutes muncher, but lacks the physical game to be ideally suited for the rough-and-tumble Western Conference. He should, though, make an impact on a penalty kill that was a miserable 25th last year (78.5%).
Joel Ward brings that missing physical presence and despite being 34 has relatively low mileage. He can elevate up and down the roster as needed and should be a nice add to the top-nine.
It’s tough to rule anyone out in the Pacific, especially with the Canucks looking ready to slide, but the Sharks will need to make their own breaks to earn a spot.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It is interesting sometimes how some players, if they don’t catch the initial wave from their own era, get lost in the shuffle when it comes to their Hockey Hall of Fame induction chances. One such player is Doug Wilson, 15th all-time in scoring among defensemen but still overlooked year after year at induction time. Between 1977-78 and 1992-93, the Ottawa native put up 827 points (237-590) in 1,024 career regular-season games with mostly the Chicago Blackhawks before ending his career with the San Jose Sharks, where he eventually became the club’s longtime general manager as well. Wilson had a cannon of a shot, was a great two-way defender, won a Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and played in eight NHL All-Star games. But somehow his call from the Hockey Hall of Fame never came ... not yet anyway.
The Case For
Wilson’s 827 points rank him ahead of the likes of Red Kelly, Borje Salming, Rob Blake, Mark Howe and Scott Niedermayer, all deserved Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.
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...
"Joe's not going anywhere. Joe is a San Jose Shark."
"He and I have not only a contractual agreement, but a handshake agreement. As I say, our relationship is extremely strong. I know Joe. I appreciate him. I've known him since the world juniors. I care about him a lot. He knows how I feel about him. I was actually complimenting him and supporting him when I was talking to our season-ticket holders."
San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson. Read more on this topic from Katie Strang of ESPN.
from David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News,
Long-simmering issues between Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and veteran center Joe Thornton boiled to the surface Friday when Thornton had a direct response to Wilson's latest explanation of why the 'C' was removed from his jersey.
"I think Doug just needs to shut his mouth," Thornton said after his team's morning practice. "I think that's the bottom line."
Thornton added: "All I've got to say is I've been here every day working hard. I haven't taken a sabbatical. He just needs to stop lying, shut his mouth."
In a Thursday night meeting with about 350 season-ticket holders, Wilson was asked again about the decision to strip Thornton of the captaincy. The Sharks have gone with four alternate captains this season and Thornton has that leadership role instead.
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
One thing he made clear: February was a disaster with eight consecutive home losses and a 3-8-2 overall record.
“I would much rather be sitting here without having gone through February. The one game that pissed me off — and it epitomized our team — was the Detroit game. Detroit has a young team that’s transitioning like we are….. We dominate for the first period and then we went 30 minutes with one shot. That to me was kind of like hitting rock bottom.”
Q: Patrick Marleau is my favorite Shark and I think it’s wrong the way he’s being blamed when things aren’t going well.
First, Wilson rattled off Marleau’s career accomplishments and noted “he deserves a level of respect for that.”
Then he continued:
“I also understand though when you earn big contracts and you’ve got a high profile, you’ve got to take the bullet and Patty would be the first to say he’s never been minus-15 before and that’s a struggle. You own that, admit that. But Patty Marleau, when we talked this summer, wants to be part of it. This transition hopefully will be a quick transition....
“He cares. When you set expectations for a player like that, you see the lofty numbers that he’s had, with that comes criticism. You’ve got to get thick skin, you’ve got to deal with it. And all you can really do is go on the ice and play. I expect him to play his ass off the last 15 games.”
"I can understand when people say there are different types of rebuild. We're not going to finish last to try and draft people first or second. This is not something this franchise can do, because we already have some good players in key positions. You're not going to see us with 50 points next year -- we're too good a team for that."
-Doug Wilson, GM for the San Jose Sharks. More on the Sharks from David Pollak of the Mercury News.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Friday made some of his most pointed comments to date regarding what he views as his team’s fatal flaw.
Appearing on the NHL Network’s NHL Live! program, Wilson was asked by host Steve Mears what needs to change regarding the team’s culture after the latest playoff failure.
“There’s a comment that was made by a group of my players, that we were co-workers and not teammates,” Wilson said.
“Really, what that means is they really hadn’t dug down to be there for each other and commit to what teammates have to do to be successful. Look at L.A. The things that they did, the game sevens where they just stuck with it, coming back against us, taking care of each other. Ours was somehow lost a little bit. Our players acknowledged it, I’ve listened to them, our coaches have acknowledged it.
"That’s what I’m talking about when it comes to culture, is being a great teammate and playing the way that we need them to play, not the way that they want to play.”
continued and below, listen/watch Doug Wilson on NHL Live yesterday...
The Associated Press reports that San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson plans on making several changes to his team, and he's more than willing to share his agenda with those who'll listen:
Wilson said Thursday that he told pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Boyle that he will not be re-signed, informed unproductive forward Martin Havlat that he will not be back next season and moved top-line wing Brent Burns back to defense after he had spent more than a year as a forward on captain Joe Thornton's line.
These changes come two weeks after the Sharks became the fourth team in NHL history to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games.
Wilson spent the past two weeks meeting with coaches and players to help determine what went wrong in the final four games against Los Angeles and how to get a team that has been one of the best in the regular season the past decade over the playoff hump.
"You want to be careful not to change too many things, but you better be really careful that you're not just avoiding what really needs to take place," Wilson said. "There's two sides to that. I think what we need to do is much more drastic than just putting a Band-Aid on it."
Assistant coach Larry Robinson will be back but could have an expanded role that includes some front-office duties. ... Wilson said talks have already begun to keep backup G Alex Stalock, who can be an unrestricted free agent. ... Pavelski (shoulder) and F Raffi Torres (knee) had operations after the season.
“Having played in this league a long time…when I was a rookie, I was tripped into a net in Hartford by the great Gordie Howe, and injured and carried off the ice. He came in between periods all the way around the rink to make sure I was OK. So, my response to the lack of, maybe, concern towards our player, is disappointing.”
“It’s the game of hockey. You play a playoff series, you play hard, guys battle, they fight, people get dinged up. At the end of the series, what do people do? They shake hands. As I said, all I know is Gordie Howe, one of the toughest, most physical guys that ever played, found time to come in and check on me. It’s a part of the game that I think makes our game the game that it is.”
-Doug Wilson, GM of the San Jose Sharks. Wilson was disappointed Dustin Brown of the LA Kings did not 'check-in' on Tomsa Hertl after his hit on him last week. More from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.
from the Sharks website,
The Sharks organization fully supports the NHL in its efforts to remove illegal and dangerous hits from the game but we strongly disagree with the NHL's decision to suspend Raffi Torres.
Upon review of the incident, it is abundantly clear that this was a clean hockey hit. As noted by the NHL, Raffi's initial point of contact was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit on an opponent who was playing the puck. He did not leave his feet or elevate, he kept his shoulder tucked and elbow down at his side, and he was gliding - not skating or charging.
As stated in the NHL's Player Safety video, Rule 48.1 says, "A hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted." Thus, with the use of the word "and", this rule clearly states that two elements must occur in order to violate the rule. Raffi absolutely did not target his opponent's head on the play. The call on the ice specifically acknowledged that the head was not targeted and nowhere in the NHL's ruling does it insinuate or suggest that the opponent's head was targeted.
How does Don Cherry feel about the suspension? Watch below and find out...
"This doesn’t take away our goal of trying to make the playoffs this year. We have high expectations for our group and we’re not going to diminish those even as we go into a reset and refresh mode."
- Doug Wilson, GM of the San Jose Sharks after trading Douglas Murray today. Much more on the Sharks from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
“I hope he (Lidstrom) does [retire], and I love him. I can’t talk about other teams’ players, but I admire him and I think he is one of the greatest. He is brilliant in how he plays.
“I said the first part jokingly. I hope he doesn’t retire. I think he is the standard of how we want people to play the game—the ultimate professional. I think he is one of the, when we’re teaching young defensemen how to play the game, I don’t think there’s ever been anyone as technically strong as him, and that includes everybody.”
-Doug Wilson, GM of the San Jose Sharks. More reaction from Corey Masisak of NHL.com.
What does Steve Yzerman think of Lidstrom retiring? Watch below…
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News at Inside Bay Area,
Specifically, the magnifying glass will first be focused on Doug Wilson, the Sharks’ general manager and vice-president. The secondary scrutiny will be on Todd McLellan, hired as the Sharks’ head coach by Wilson in 2008.
Wilson made several bold trades last offseason, then made a couple more during the season. None had the expected result of turning the Sharks into a better team. So will either man lose his job after such a disappointing season?
Not likely. McLellan’s coaching status depends on Wilson. And there is no way Wilson would fire McLellan. The two are joined at the philosophical hockey hip. They may not always agree on every personnel move. But they agree on how the game should be played. If Wilson was ordered by ownership to fire McLellan, Wilson might quit himself.
Plus, McLellan hardly can be called a loser. Given a roster with so many new faces,
McLellan admitted late Saturday night that the team struggled to mesh. But he still guided the Sharks out of a midseason abyss into a playoff spot. And in the larger scheme, since McLellan joined the Sharks, he has accumulated the most regular season victories by any coach in his first four NHL seasons (194).
So if you assume Wilson stays, then you must assume McLellan stays. And it would seem Wilson’s status is safe for a rather quirky reason: It is not actually clear who does his performance review.
Brent Burns is exactly the sort of player the Sharks needed to get: a big fancy D-man. Now they have him, for one year. Will he stay? It’s a question that will be overplayed like Paula Abdul’s pop hit. We probably won’t get an answer for some time.
Google Brent Burns and you find a slew of articles saying he is wonderful and Doug Wilson is a shining champion for acquiring him. There’s not much noise about losing him, except from Minny. Wilson doesn’t want us worrying about that either:
“We strongly disagree with the two-game suspension handed down by the NHL today to Joe Thornton. What is most distressing is that we feel the suspension is not consistent to the recent reviews by the League following similar collisions resulting in players leaving the penalty box and establishing their place on the ice, including Willie Mitchell on Jonathan Toews.
“In Joe’s case, it was clearly not a predatory-type hit with an intent to injure, shown by the fact that the player returned to the ice for his next shift so it is clear that the contact to the head was minimal. We put a lot of time and effort into helping define the NHL’s new rule on headshots but we feel strongly that this suspension is not a reflection of the rule’s true intent.”
-San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson on the Joe Thornton suspension.
“I didn’t actually see the hit until this morning. I didn’t intend to hurt or do anything bad to him. He kind of ran into me, to be honest with you. Last night and this morning I had about three dozen text messages from players around the league saying they can’t believe I even got a penalty.”
-Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks. More from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
“Our failures are higher than most teams’ successes. We don’t really worry about the outside noise. We went to the final four last year and we played very well. We’re going to build on that this upcoming year; last year is over and done with.
“Perception versus reality…how many teams have accomplished what we’ve accomplished the past six or seven years?”
-Doug Wilson, San Jose Shark GM. More on Wilson and the Sharks from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,
from the Vancouver Province,
When last the NHL general managers met, they discussed the issue of player equipment and one of the points on the agenda was suggested by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.
When first it was learned the league was discussing Wilson’s suggestion, the media were claiming the NHL initiative was moving toward players buying their own equipment, and it came off as though the owners were somehow cheaping out, looking to offload an expense.
Anyone who knows Wilson knew that couldn’t be the case unless his owners had gotten to him, as he has always been one of the chief advocates for the players both as a GM and earlier when he worked for the NHLPA after his retirement as a player.
What Wilson was trying to suggest is that if the NHL teams are going to be paying for the player’s equipment, they should have some input in what they were wearing.
from USA Hockey,
In our first episode you’ll hear Doug Wilson, former NHL hockey player and current general manager of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, discuss how parents and coaches can encourage youth athletes to focus on three main principles - effort, learning and bouncing back from mistakes.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Now that Dany Heatley has been traded to San Jose, if the Sharks don’t reverse their long history of playoff failure, it will cost general manager Doug Wilson his job….
“We’re completely comfortable with the type of player Dany is, and more importantly, with the type of person he is,” Wilson told reporters. “There are often cases where players have asked for trades. ... Sometimes, it is best for everybody involved. We have zero concerns about that.”
What Wilson should be concerned about, however, is his job. The Sharks have greatly underachieved in recent years, even with the presence of Joe Thornton. They’ve been expected to challenge or outright win the Cup, but have faltered in the playoffs.
more plus other NHL topics, many of which appeared on KK in the past week.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
“I apologize to our fans and I apologize to our owners because they deserve better,” Wilson said. “And believe me, I take full responsibility. You bring in people and you bring in situations and if there’s any enabling or entitlement that comes from that, then that belongs right here and nowhere else.”
Wilson noted that he usually waits a week to calm down after a playoff exit, “but you don’t deserve me having a week.”
Wilson, who said this was by far the most painful playoff exit yet, said at various times that fans “should be pissed off” and “should feel cheated.” That last point prompted someone to ask him if he felt cheated, too.
“I don’t feel cheated. I feel responsible. I’m part of it. If I’m part of the problem, then I better be working to find us solutions here.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Doug Wilson, Ken Holland, Dale Tallon and Doug Armstrong have spent a lot of time in recent years trying to outsmart each other. We’re talking about three NHL general managers — Wilson with the Sharks, Holland with the Red Wings, Tallon with the Blackhawks — and Armstrong, an ex-GM in Dallas who is now part of the Blues’ front office.
No matter. The four of them are heading to Ireland next week, leaving families behind to knock a golf ball around some of that country’s fine courses.
via the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed defenseman Matt Carle to a four-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“When you look at the number of players that have committed to this organization over the last few years – guys like Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo, Evgeni Nabokov, Craig Rivet, Milan Michalek – it’s easy to want to be here,” said Carle. “The front office has proven that they are serious about winning multiple Stanley Cups and that’s something I want to be a part of.”