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What’s Doug Wilson’s next move?

Jul 28, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

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Doug Wilson has served as GM of the Sharks since 2003, a tenure that’s been marked by a series of big, bold personnel moves.

So…what’s his next one?

That’s the question many are asking with San Jose coming off its lowest point total in six years and quickest postseason exit in eight. Wilson will be the man in charge of reversing this trend — ownership gave him a vote of confidence back in May — but the current NHL landscape doesn’t seem ripe for a big trade.

In the past, Wilson’s made his mark as a partner for teams looking to dance. (See: Boston and Joe Thornton, Tampa Bay and Dan Boyle, Ottawa and Dany Heatley, Minnesota and Brent Burns/Martin Havlat.)

But now, things are different — take the Rick Nash situation. It was public knowledge Columbus was shopping Nash and San Jose was believed to be on the shortlist of teams Nash would accept a trade to.

All seemed primed for Wilson to be in the mix. But in June, it was reported the Sharks and Blue Jackets hadn’t spoken about Nash “in months.”

(The sticking point appeared to be Logan Couture, who the Jackets wanted but the Sharks weren’t willing to part with.)

So…what now?

There’s a chance San Jose could get in the Bobby Ryan mix, though it seems unlikely Anaheim would deal to an in-state and divisional rival. Wilson could decide it’s time to part ways with Patrick Marleau, but the 32-year-old veteran didn’t sound keen on a fresh start back in July (saying he wasn’t ready to waive his no-movement clause.)

Wilson could also keep his roster intact and, should the Sharks get off to a rocky start, play his trump card — a coaching change.

It could be said hiring Larry Robinson as an associate coach this summer was Wilson’s biggest offseason move. Robinson has great pedigree and a stellar resume and if the L.A. Kings showed anything last year, it’s how vital a coaching change can be. Dean Lombardi always had an eye for Darryl Sutter and in Robinson, Wilson has an in-house candidate at the ready should Todd McLellan falter.

Robinson’s on record saying he’s not in San Jose to take McLellan’s job, but let’s face facts. With limited options at his disposal, it might be the only big move Wilson has left.

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  1. soupcanarmygeneral - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    leave and join the SOUP CAN ARMY!!!!!! Join us.
    Our nightly activities include but are not limited to
    all the guys getting naked in a circle and jerking off of a cookie, last one to finish eats the cookie… Its usually Kennedy.

  2. soupcanxtrabeefy - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    knock down the stadium, move the team to Tijuana and ERECT a monument to the soup can army. STAY BEEFY

  3. sharksfan754 - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Halford I thought we were gonna be cleaning up pht can we get the pens groupies banned already? I wouldn’t mind so much if what they posted was humorous but it’s like their jokes are written by Larry the cable guy

    • Mike Halford - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      The guy (or guys) keep registering for new accounts with new IP addresses. We’ve banned so many and we keep doing it, but they keep coming back. It’s really out of our control at this point.

      • comeonnowguys - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        Just ignore I guess. Don’t respond, don’t even thumb them down.

  4. mclovinhockey - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    It’s hard to keep any respect for pens fans with this guy around. Just remember, not all the fan base is like this.

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Doug Wilson’s next move is nothing. He’s gonna do what he always does….stand pat then make a minor garbage trade at the deadline that throws all our draft picks away. Nothing will change until the buffoon is gone.

  6. ladystanley - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    How many times does Larry Robinson have to repeat that he has NO INTEREST in being a NHL headcoach? He came in as an associate coach, and has no aspiration and NO DESIRE in being a headcoach for the Sharks or any other NHL team.

    Should McLellan be fired, it won’t be Robinson taking the helm.

    Sharks used scouts and other “front office” folks as interim coaches when Darryl Sutter was let go in the middle of the season (just after a horrendous November 2002 road trip). Cap Raeder has a 1-0-0 record as a NHL head coach for the Sharks. ;-)

    Please continue to predict gloom. With no pressure, the team always responds better.

  7. ladystanley - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    And BTW, Heatley was acquired the Friday opening day of camp. Thornton, the last day of November.

    So, just because the Sharks roster looks “bad” before the end of July has no bearing on what team will take the ice on opening night.

    My speculation is that the Sharks will be looking at a trade option. Doan might be a nice addition, but I don’t think the Sharks would give him the term he’s looking for.

  8. blomfeld - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    What’s Doug Wilson’s Next Move ? …

    How about firing both himself and McLellan and then handing over the reins to Robinson ? As I’ve said earlier here, the San Jose Sharks are an excellent team who should be “cup contenders” year in and year out. What’s being going on in recent times is a disgrace and it’s completely unacceptable. I can’t stand the Anaheim “Mighty” Ducks … never could actually. But the Sharks are a team I respect and there is no way that this “garbage leadership” of Wilson and McLellan should be tolerated any longer …

  9. finfan88shark - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Lady Stanley as usual is a joke who is on Wilson’s intern staff. You want to talk delusional and unrealistic then believe Lady Stanley.

  10. gp44 - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Wilson’s next move should be to resign.

  11. gp44 - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    A lot of fans are clamoring for Wilson to be fired and there is even a Fire Doug Wilson facebook page.

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