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Doug Wilson might not be fired because nobody’s in charge of firing GMs in San Jose

Apr 22, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT


In the wake of the quickest playoff exit in Sharks history, questions are being raised about the future of general manager Doug Wilson. Should he be fired for San Jose’s disappointing season? And if so, who should, um, fire him?

From Mark Purdy of the Mercury News:

After Greg Jamison stepped down as the team’s CEO two years ago, the Sharks’ chain of command became murky. There is no CEO. There is no team president. There are six executive vice-presidents, including Wilson, who are listed alphabetically in the team directory. Presumably, those six vice-presidents all report to ownership–but to whom, exactly? Questions about the power structure are met with zipped lips.

This much, we know: There are 11 people in the Sharks’ ownership group. The general feeling is that two of the 11 owners–venture capitalist Kevin Compton and former VeriSign CEO Stratton Sclavos — have louder voices than the others. Compton is seen most often around the rink. Sclavos was the driving force in a layoff-strewn downsizing of Shark business-side personnel last summer.

However, while Compton and Sclavos are presumably brilliant businessmen, neither man has a hockey background. Wilson has been their No. 1 tutor in the sport.

So for those Sharks fans who’d like to see a change in management, you might need to apply for the opening at CEO, then can him yourself.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    I don’t think he should be fired.

    I do think he brought in the wrong guys this summer and traded the future to do so….. but if done properly he can sell some of the current assets while keeping Couture and could have a bright future in San Jose in about 4 years.

    The best thing the Sharks can do is massively sell everything and go for next years draft which will be stacked in top 5 talent!!!

    trading Coyle was the dumbest thing he could have done!!!!!

    • govtminion - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Let me ask you this- no snark intended, I mean it as an honest question.

      With your post above in mind, that he traded the future for the wrong people… you’re right, he could still sell off some of the bad eggs and rebuild. I agree.

      But… since he was the one responsible for doing all of that in the first place, wouldn’t someone else be a better choice? Since Wilson is the one who dropped the ball here, shouldn’t he be held accountable for it, and let someone else make those changes- someone who has no connection to the current setup and so is more capable of making tough changes without their job status getting in the way?

      To me, Wilson gave up a ton to get a poor return, and the results were obvious in this series. I find it hard to see how he can remain.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        No worries :)

        I think it will be hard for him to stay as well but I think he has proven he can put a quality team on the ice for a very long time. How many winning seasons has this team had since he was hired back in 03 or 04 (I can’t remember) but it has been a lot, and in a row too. Haven’t they had winning season the last 6 years or something ??? He is willing to make deals and I personally think he did everything in the best interest of this club, just so happens it didn’t work out.

        I would give him a chance at a rebuild but I can easily see why ownership might think going in a new direction could make sense. If they let him go, Montreal should give him a call asap!

  2. letsgosjsharks - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Lol you ^ dont know what your talking about! Just because we lost in the playoffs doeant kean wer the Edmonten Oilers now? I say trade Marleau and Maybe Thornton, get another goal tender so that Niemi doesnt play everynight ( just like the Blues) and keep Couture, Pavelski, Burns, Havlat, and Boyle on the team… These are the people we need to make a run get some new people around them… Younger, faster legs

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      good luck with that

  3. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Marleau and Mclellan are a must to go. Can’t wait to hear the excuse the Sharks give for keeping Wilson.

  4. jrod691 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Get rid of Boyle too. He’s a skilled player but he has a very low hockey IQ. Unfortunately Boyle, Marleau, Handzus and Thornton all have NMCs (I wouldn’t get rid of Thornton though).

    • barkar942 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      Torts would! Guess Joe still hasn’t won anything, the softie!

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:57 AM

      Get rid of Boyle….the only guy that has a ring and knows what it takes to win 4 rounds.

  5. joelwrobinson - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    3rd and 4th line play is what hurt the sharks this year. Wilson isn’t going anywhere. sharks need to add more depth. plus the inevitable signing of Rick nash will help..

  6. finfan88shark - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    If Wilson does indeed stay then this sends a clear message to fans that ownership is not committed to winning, but instead maintaining status quo. Apparently the brilliant businessmen have not heard about repeating the same mistakes over and over again but expecting different results. Everyone knows what you get with Doug Wilson a good salesman with no vision for the future.

    • joelwrobinson - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      to say ‘they’re not committed to winning’ is just pure ignorance. wilson has put teams good enough to win on the ice every year for the last decade. just because they havent won a cup doesn’t mean he hasn’t done a good job.

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