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More Commitment Needed In San Jose

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...

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I really hope that people think about this point Wilson is making: at a time when professional sports figures attempt to make the most money possible with little loyalty and allegiance to any team, true champions - and those that recognize it - know that no one individual makes a championship. Red Wings fans know this because much of what was said about the Kings this year, was said about them in the early to mid 90’s - a respect and loyalty to each other, resiliency, declining offers for more money on other teams to build something special, something bigger than the paycheck. For me, you don’t see this in other professional sports as much. The fact that GM acknowledges this and understands it is a good sign for hockey.

Posted by scooter on 06/21/14 at 12:45 PM ET

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Agreed scooter, and personally I think all this talk is designed to light a fire under Thornton/Marleau.

Then see how it works and if by trade deadline, then move one or both and would probably get more at that time than now.

Plus both signed contracts with a home team discount so would really be tough to move them right now.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/21/14 at 12:52 PM ET

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Having closely watched Lombardi rebuild the Kings, he has continually spoken about bringing in players with “character”. And that’s the foundation of the camaraderie LA enjoys. And to Wilson’s point, is what helped push them over the top this year, in 2012 and almost last year. Simply put, they play for each other and say so a lot. Of course this is also fostered and reinforced by Sutter and his staff.

Jose’s lack of character when it counts the most is an indictment of the team Wilson built himself. He’s the one that brought most of these players in and now he wants them to change their spots? I think that’s a joke.

Finally, as a pacific division rival fan, I am loving what Jose is doing this off-season which is NOTHING but talk. They pulled off the choke of chokes and come back with the same coach, same GM, and with the exception of a few players, the same team. They are banging their heads against the wall expecting different results each time and I couldn’t be more pleased.

Posted by pautna on 06/21/14 at 02:19 PM ET


well ... the off season just started and I’m not sure what you’ve expected San Jose to do before July 1st beyond what Wilson has already done: traded the rights to Boyle, bought out Havlat, and is challenging his two top players to put their money where their mouths are. I understand you’re still on a SC high, but let’s come back to reality here. Let’s also not forget that Lombardi nearly mortgaged the future of this team to get Brad Richards and Ilya Kovalchuk not too long ago either, so he’s not immune to this same “win now at all costs” mentality. Had either one of them accepted - no Carter, no Gaborik, and likely very different contracts for Voynov, Doughty, and Quick - this conversation may never have taken place. This is not to discredit the Kings rise, but there are a lot of factors that contributed to it beyond Lombardi.

Posted by scooter on 06/21/14 at 04:17 PM ET


If this team is lacking character, I hope people *ahem*Detroit*ahem* are paying attention and aren’t going to offer contracts to the guys that Wilson had the easiest time parting with (I’m looking at you, guy whose name rhymes with Glan Droyle).

Posted by Garth on 06/21/14 at 07:13 PM ET

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Agreed scooter, and personally I think all this talk is designed to light a fire under Thornton/Marleau.

A yearly exercise in futility trying to motivate those two.

Posted by bigfrog on 06/21/14 at 09:07 PM ET

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A yearly exercise in futility trying to motivate those two.

Posted by bigfrog on 06/21/14 at 09:07 PM ET

The Force is strong in this one.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/22/14 at 12:55 AM ET

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