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Sharks GM Wilson on slumping team: ‘The answer lies within that room’

Feb 18, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT


The San Jose Sharks started the season a perfect 7-0-0.

Since then, they’ve gone 0-4-3.

That slide has brought up what feels like an annual rite of passage in the Bay Area — talks of GM Doug Wilson shaking things up via trade.

Just one catch: Wilson says it ain’t gonna happen.

“The answer lies within that room,” Wilson told the San Jose Mercury News, pointing to the Sharks’ dressing room. “If we hadn’t seen the glimpse of the seven-game start, that would tell you something.

“There are other teams that have gone through phases of losing some games, other very good, talented teams out there that are not on top of their game to the level they want to be.”

“We’re more concerned about our group and getting back to the things that led us to the first seven games.”

All that said, let’s not forget that Wilson has a lengthy history of dealmaking.

Since 2011 he’s brought in the likes of Ben Eager, Ian White, Brent Burns, Martin Havlat, TJ Galiardi, Daniel Winnik and Brad Stuart while shipping out Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi, Jamie McGinn, Brad Staubitz and Charlie Coyle.

Now, though, he appears unwilling to move any pieces — though part of that could be out of his control.

The Sharks have a number of key players locked into no-movement clauses (Havlat, Burns, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Michal Handzus, Dan Boyle) and the prospect cupboard isn’t exactly stocked.

San Jose has made just two first-round selections since 2007 and one of them, Coyle, has already been moved.

As for dealing future picks? Wilson has first-rounders at his disposal, but is thin in the middle rounds. At the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, for example, San Jose will be without its third- and fourth-round selections.

Back on the ice, things don’t promise to get any easier for the Sharks in the near future.

They play 12 of their next 17 on the road, which includes a stretch of seven of eight away from the Shark Tank from Mar. 10-25.

  1. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Fire Wilson

  2. lsxphotog - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Who would have imagined the Sharks would cool off? hahaha

  3. shutyourfivehole - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Thanks for nothing, DW. Thankfully the season is short and will be mercifully over soon.

  4. nogoodtomedead - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Love my Sharks- that being said its time to break it down. No chance this team competes with the top of the West anymore for a shot at the cup. I’d keep Couture, Pavelski, Burns, and Stuart. Thornton, Marleau, Clowe, and Boyle should all be shipped for prospects or picks. I know they have no trade clauses- but fire Wilson since he clearly is going to ride this group until the axe comes down anyways- and maybe with a new regime and the team clearly re-building those guys would accept a trade to contenders. Teams will give up some value for those guys- they would all be huge assets to a team trying to contend this year- but they aren’t going to get in done in SJ- I’ve given up hoping for the best- they can’t do it.

    • dreadpiratesteve - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      You hit the nail on the head there. It is time to rebuild this bunch. Pavs, Cooch, Burns and Stuart are definitely keepers and I would throw Pickles into that mix as well. But every other player on roster should be seen as expendable. They produce at a moderate level but when compared to their salaries their production comes up wanting. It was a fun ride with this group but the sad truth is that they will never win a cup with this roster. Time to break it down and start fresh.

    • ron05342 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Clowe is a good stick-handler from the bench…I would keep him.

  5. sjsblitz - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Keepers: Cootch, Burnzie, Pavs, Thorts, Havlat and keep some of the newcomers like Irwin and Kennedy. Get rid of Boyle(STOP SCORING ON YOUR OWN NET@!), Clowe(STOP TAKING DUMB PENALTIES, SHOW SOME OFFENSE FOR CHRIST SAKES!), Doug Murray(TOO SLOW AND TOO MANY DAMN GIVEAWAYS!). Marleau is now and forever be the most questionable player on this team…

  6. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Keepers- thornton, pavs, cooch. That’s it, ship the rest of em out

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