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Sharks GM Wilson tells Oates to ‘worry about coaching his team’ after Hertl critique

Oct 12, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Never afraid to share his thoughts, San Jose general manager Doug Wilson has some advice for Caps coach Adam Oates:

Focus on your team, not ours.

That’s what Wilson told CSN Bay Area on Saturday in the wake of Oates criticizing Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl for a between-the-legs goal against the Rangers.

“I think [Oates] should worry about coaching his team, and not worry about being a caretaker of the game,” Wilson said. “I would not allow our coaches to make comments about other team’s players.”

Midweek, Oates said he was “upset” by Hertl’s goal, saying “don’t disrespect the league.” The comments set off a firestorm of questions about Hertl’s actions, potential showboating and the NHL’s unwritten rules — and ultimately led to Joe Thornton making some, ahem, colorful remarks in Hertl’s defense.

Wilson had remained largely silent on the topic until today, which is a tad surprising.

The longtime Sharks GM is known for defending his players publicly, most recently during the 2013 NHL playoffs. After forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the duration of San Jose’s second-round series against L.A., Wilson posted a scathing critique of the league’s disciplinary decision…which cost the organization $100,000 in fines.

  1. esracerx46 - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Thats great your defending your players. But shouldn’t you have done so right away. Not 3 days after the fact

    • imleftcoast - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Oates’ point was not to showboat or you’ll get dealt. Next game, Edler nearly took off his head.

      • 19to77 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:38 AM

        And got rightly suspended for the cheapshot it was. If your point is that Edler plays a dirty, classless game, that’s not really news anymore.

      • imleftcoast - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Took another shot last night for showboating. It’s going to happen every night until he learns.

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I was expecting a reply when it happened. Better late then never I suppose.

  3. northstarnic - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Oates is an idiot. Good on Wilson for this.

  4. blackandorangeforlife - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Wonder what Oates is going to say after Ovie tries this move!

    • nj666 - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      thats exactly what I was thinking.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Ridiculous that we’re still talking about this….or that that unreal goal raised any questions in the first place. Although the Thornton quote sort of makes it all worthwhile.

  6. paul621 - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    You have a link that says “colorful remarks in Hertl’s defense.” Wouldn’t you expect that clicking that link would take you someplace where you could read those colorful remarks, or at least learn what he said? Instead, it goes to another article that talks about his comments, but again never hints at the actual comment, and has more links where you may or may not find the content (the link on that article–“which we referenced here, but did not reprint”–is dead, by the way). Why not just link to the original source, or not link at all?

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      “Hearing a question to Marleau about Hertl and whether he was showboating, Thornton said:

      “Shut up, have you ever played the game?”

      When the press turned his way, he then added:

      “I’d have my cock out if I scored four goals. I’d have my cock out, stroking it.””

  7. dallydrake4ever - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    By his own logic, shouldn’t Wilson worry about the coaches on his team and not worry about being the caretaker’s caretaker. I wonder if Todd McLellan is ok with everybody now knowing that Doug Wilson apparently controls what he says. You’d think Wilson would have his hands full trying to figure out new ways to take that annual dump in post-season. But I guess he’s got some extra time on his hands. And that Hertl move was awesome! Hope he keeps it up.

  8. slysipops - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    anyone remember OVIE placing his stick on the ice and dancing around it like it was too hot to handle ? i was shocked at HERTL’S last goal …what a feat of athletism. OATES should realize he wouldn’t have been as much of a superstar in today’s NHL

  9. btlpper68 - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Oates is a nut Oates can talk when I look up the standings and don’t have to scroll all the way to the bottom to find the caps they’ve got way bigger problems

    • nj666 - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      haha oates and nuts

  10. xxakshunxx - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I love that Oates spoke out, but only because it led to Thorntons reply

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