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Sharks GM Wilson ‘disappointed’ by Brown’s lack of concern for Hertl

Dec 24, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Doug Wilson AP

The news of San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl going in for surgery on his injured knee after a collision with Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown has the Sharks feeling disappointed for the kid.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson has another gripe about the whole situation, however. He doesn’t like that Kings have, essentially, hurt one of his players and had no remorse in doing so as Kevin Kurz of shares.

“Having played in this league a long time…when I was a rookie, I was tripped into a net in Hartford by the great Gordie Howe, and injured and carried off the ice,” Wilson said. “He came in between periods all the way around the rink to make sure I was OK. So, my response to the lack of, maybe, concern towards our player, is disappointing.”

Obviously that was a while ago and times have changed. Instead of visiting between periods, guys text each other or actually make a phone call. Sometimes they’ll visit after the game, but sometimes that doesn’t go over so well.

If Wilson was hoping Brown would show up with a fruit basket or singing telegram for Hertl for knocking him out of action, Wilson would be waiting for a while.

There’s nothing wrong with looking for concern, but sometimes players have a funny way of going about it.

  1. 950003cups - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Is Wilson suggesting that D Brown is today’s Gordie Howe?

  2. tjvalley - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I think he suggesting the opposite in terms of respect for one another.

  3. joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I don’t get it. We’ve seen far worse incidents of players crossing the line and showing a total disrespect for their opponents. Wilson is just showing his emotional bias.

    • nightfireop - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Exactly! Did Torres reach out to Stoll and apologize for giving him a concussion? Did Wilson nudge Torres to take the initiative?

      • titansrbeast - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Dude, Torres apologized to Stoll and even Jared himself said IT WAS NOT A DIRTY HIT. You morons need to let that hit go, it was CLEAN and it’s OVER. Long gone, stop crying. Fact is, he did apologize.

      • nightfireop - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        nope..unable to verify this “apology” that torres gave to stoll (no video or article), although torres insisted that it was an unintentional hit.

      • skr213 - Dec 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Torres was in Stolls wedding party. They’re good friends. The apology and discussion were well documented.

      • nightfireop - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        fair enough, thanks for confirming your point with the source article.

      • nightfireop - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        in addition, disregard my original reply comment above.

    • nightfireop - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Although I would agree that it would be a real class if Brown paid Hertl a visit to show that there’s no hard feelings.

      • joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Yeah! But! Wilson’s public display of discontent is overboard. Just for that if I were Brown I wouldn’t reach out to Hertl, but I would make it a point to ask him how’s he’s doing. I remain convinced it was not deserving of a penalty based on how the rule is written.

  4. ibieiniid - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    that photo looks like it came from a Sarah Maclachlan commercial. pictures of sad Sharks accompany the song “Angel.”

  5. btlpper68 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Well even pieces of crap like Cooke showed concern for karlson nope brown’s ass is to good but Cooke apologizes for an acident brown was no acident

    • titansbro - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      i read your comment like 10 minutes ago & i’m still trying to discern exactly what you said. i guess the joke’s on me though for wasting 10 minutes.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        Well, even a piece of crap like [Matt] Cooke showed concern for [Erik] Karlsson. Nope, [Dustin] Brown’s ass is too good [to show Hertl some respect]. Cooke apologized for an accident. Brown[‘s knee on Hertl, on the other hand,] was no accident.

        …yeah, it’s still quite stupid.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        btw, that’s from your friendly PHT translator. sometimes “hockey talk” is unpunctuated, misspelled, grammarless blather. yeah, two of those aren’t words but you get the point.

    • joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM


    • mvshark - Dec 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      I do not remember that pos Cooke saying squat about hit on Savard, as a matter of fact he has continued and continues to dish out bad hits and questionable hits…why has someone not ended his career?

  6. mnwildnstar - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    A Brown elbow last year gave Pominville a concussion & Brown really showed no concern for his actions. Brown just keeps injuring people with minimum consequences…Why because he’s a Star player?

    • 950003cups - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      He may be a captain, but he’s no star. Teams don’t prepare to face his talents like a Kopitar, or Quick (and now some kid names Martin Jones?)

  7. areaman714 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Brown, not unlike the honey badger, don’t give a @#$%!

    • nightfireop - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      heh…that was a good one.

  8. jcday1126 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Please do we have to treat these guys like elementary school kids and sit them down and hold hands with each other until one stops sobbing, they are supposed to be professionals so stop your whining and get back to playing hockey.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      well, that was actually the coach, but I agree. since when to players have to apologize?

      • ibieiniid - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM


  9. mcflower29 - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I wonder where sjsharks66? with his/her/it’s teal-tinted glasses and low-res pixelated sports stream? he/she/it seems rather absent in this article…..

    • sjsharks66 - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Hey man, I am here. Sorry for being late. It is Christmas Eve so I have been busy with family. :)

      • mcflower29 - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        ah there you are, almost wrote u off there. wb.

      • skr213 - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        I love how someone gave him a thumbs down for being late and having a family?? Nope, folks on here don’t have an anti-Sharks bias! 😉

  10. qauzaq - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Yes! Another article to read people’s trash talk about Brown…

  11. kingsfan93 - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Why is GM Wilson so concerned if Dustin Brown even visited or reached out to Hertle or mention his name in an interview or not? WHO F’n CARES!

    This is the NHL, where it will be a physical, hard hitting, players getting beat up, and just playing with a lot of emotion with heart, too.

    That there will be accidents that occurs over the time being. Some people will either label or not the player as a dirty player. But when talking about a certain player, make sure you KNOW who your talking about. Players like Matt Cooke and so forth are known as dirty players.

    When people talking about Dustin Brown as that “dirty type of player”, is not the case for how he stands as a player. I should know, I am a Kings fan, that happens to watch the Kings play. Just because Dustin Brown has had a few incidents over the last couple of years doesn’t make him a “dirty player.”

    In 2012 of WCF against Coyotes, D. Brown collides with M. Rozsival, is nothing too different than when he collided with T. Hertle. D. Brown was trying to get out of both of their way.

    As for the incident with J. Pominville last year when D. Brown elbowed him in the face, well the way I saw it is, D. Brown may of or not saw J. Pominville come at him. That I think if D. Brown didn’t elbow him, D. Brown would of been hit right into the boards.

    Now with this Hertle incident, just about, if not every sports outlet on internet, makes D. Brown out to be the suspect. But take a closer look at the WHOLE thing. If you ask me, T. Hertle lined up D. Brown with the knee of his sticking out to try and attempt to injure D. Brown. Maybe that is why D. Brown doesn’t want anything to do with T. Hertle because D. Brown feels as if it could of been him with the knee injury.

    Sharks GM Wilson just needs to change his diapers and move the heck on.

  12. sjsharks66 - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I am over this situation. Brown with get caught with his head down one of these days. That is all there is to it. As for apologizing? Why would he start now? Has he ever apologized for injuring a player in the past? I read his response and he came off as the victim saying he could have gotten hurt as much as Hertl did. I do not remember seeing him say, ” I hope he is ok.” I could be wrong.

    Sorry to all the Kings fans who think the Sharks organization are a bunch of whiners. Since when is it a crime for a GM or Coach to come out and say they disagree with something? Look at any post game from Suter. He puts on his smug face and disagrees with everything. Whether it be how the questions are phrased ( EX: Getting upset about the press not praising Jones for a shutout.) or disagreeing with the Brown call.

    Happy Holidays everyone.

    • mcflower29 - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:56 PM‎

    • erinogirl123 - Dec 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Sutter doesn’t have a “smug face,” that’s just his face. And it’s awesome.

    • tdaveniii - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Brown is a POS and the hit was dirty. . . with that said, just because the published accounts don’t show that he expressed concern for Hertl doesn’t mean he did not. He could have been merely responding to questions asked of him. It could be the writers did not include any expression of concern in what was written. So often the published account is incomplete or misleading, so I’m willing to give Brown a pass on this point.

  13. skr213 - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    As a Sharks fan, I’m seeing that we obviously have a “whining” rep, so if I were Wilson, I probably would have kept my mouth shut on this one.

  14. blomfeld - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM


    the bottom line friends is that this ‘effeminate & smarmy’ GM should just ‘park it’ asap ! … what happened was ‘unfortunate’ no doubt, however ‘S’ happens in a physical & violent game like hockey … therefore Wilson should just ‘zip’ his trap right now and instead focus his attention on the celebration of the birth of what was likely the ‘nicest & kindest’ man to have ever walked the planet ! …

    GO JESUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. erinogirl123 - Dec 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Brown bashers will be signing his praises come February 2014. Then you all will love his hard hitting ways which will suddenly, and quite accurately, no longer be seen as “dirty.” GKG

    • erinogirl123 - Dec 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM


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