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Doug Wilson Does A Q & A With Season Ticket Holders

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.”

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