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Sharks ownership gives GM Wilson vote of confidence

May 2, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT


The San Jose Sharks announced today that Doug Wilson will remain the general manager.

Here’s the full statement from the club:

“The on-ice results of our team this season are not acceptable to our fans, our organization or our ownership group. We will not lower our expectation that every San Jose Sharks team we put on the ice is capable of winning the Stanley Cup. Despite the fact that our team has experienced a tremendous amount of success over the past eight seasons, we are not satisfied with those results and neither is Doug. The ownership group has confidence that Doug will make the necessary changes to ensure our club remains among the NHL’s elite franchises.”

Time will tell which “necessary changes” are made. Will Todd McLellan be back behind the bench? Wilson held off on giving the coaching staff a vote of confidence. Could Patrick Marleau be traded? At least one columnist thinks he should be.

Wilson hasn’t been afraid to make bold moves in the past, and it’s clear ownership expects him to do more than tinker around this offseason.

  1. govtminion - May 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Translation: “You’d better come up big next year, bucko.”

  2. Stiller43 - May 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Remains among the nhl elite?


    • nogoodtomedead - May 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      I know they haven’t won the cup- but they are in the playoff’s every year- and before this year were in the Western Conference finals two years in a row. As well as a place that many big-names have waved no-trade clauses to come to because of the organization’s reputation. So yeah- get used to it/

      • crazemastercraze - May 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        they’re satisfied with the same every year. putting people in the seats and getting that extra $$$ from the playoffs is all that matters to them. A Cup, not so much. as long as the fans keep showing up, it won’t change.

  3. stockspyder - May 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    More proof that the Sharks ownership has no real intention of winning anything, only making money.

    Since May 2000, only the Red Wings have won more games.. so yes.. Sharks are/were elite.

  4. nogoodtomedead - May 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I’m on the fence with Wilson as a GM. He has made some big trades (Thornton, Heatley, Boyle) that seem like good deals- but the circumstances always helped him (Must GM’s didn’t know Thornton was available, and Heatley and Boyle had to be shipped and had no-trade clauses and essentially chose San Jose), meanwhile his deadline moves have almost all been flops, and the development system is devoid of any decent prospects outside of goaltenders. I don’t think he’s been bad- but I do think he is tremendously over-rated. I’m sure there’s exceptions to everything I just said, but that’s my overall impression of him since he took over. I do know this- the big time guys he’s acquired haven’t gotten it done- and he hasn’t built a farm system that provides any cheap depth around them so there isn’t much help on the way. He’s put a lot of eggs in that Thornton/Marleau basket.

    • lordfletcher - May 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      I think he has built a quality team for almost a decade now but the problem is exactly what you said in your last sentence.

      -Wild fan

  5. finfan88shark - May 2, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    So basically everything remains status quo. Including early playoff exits.

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