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‘Status quo’ not an option, but Sharks GM wants to keep coaching staff

May 2, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

From Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News, who was on hand to hear a very upset general manager, Doug Wilson, talk about the direction the Sharks will take after blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Kings:

Though it was coach Todd McLellan’s head that many expected to roll after Game 7’s defeat, Wilson also acknowledged the tenuousness of his own job. After all, it was Wilson who put together the group that became just the fourth in NHL history to lose a series it once led 3-0. Of the numerous crushing disappointments that San Jose has experienced in the postseason, this one was the most devastating. Which says a lot.

According to CSN Bay Area, it’s believed McLellan has two years remaining on his contract.

Of course, the questions facing the Sharks this summer go beyond the coach and GM.

For instance, will Dan Boyle re-sign? The veteran defenseman is a pending unrestricted free agent who’s repeatedly said he wants to finish his career in San Jose.

And what about the goaltending situation? Antti Niemi is only signed through next season, and the 30-year-old struggled against the Kings, finishing with a .884 save percentage in six games. Meanwhile, Alex Stalock, the netminder who couldn’t turn the tide when he got the start in Game 6, is a pending UFA.

Maybe there’s a significant trade to be made. We certainly wouldn’t count out the possibility. Not after that collapse. And not after watching how angry Wilson appeared today (see below).

“Nobody is bigger than this organization,” said the GM.

Granted, there’s a huge risk in overreacting to what happened in a matter of a week. The Sharks don’t need to be blown up. They were an outstanding team in the regular season; it wasn’t a fluke they won the first three against a very good Kings side.

But as Wilson admitted, “When you’re up 3-0 in the series, you step on their throat and put them away.”

And for the 10th straight postseason, the Sharks fell short.

Here’s Wilson:

  1. snipedanglecelly13 - May 2, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    The playoff woes continue for the minnows

  2. jkaflagg - May 2, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Seems as though everyone agrees that it’s time to cut ties with Thornton & Marleau ( the so-called ‘veteran leadership’), but I understand they are signed thru 2016-17 with no-trade clauses…..Wilson’s job may depend on finding a way to move one or both of these guys without creating the kind of ugly situation that really killed off Vancouver with Luongo last year. Despite the collapse there’s still a lot of talent on this team, but much like Vancouver they need to find a pulse when the pressure ramps up.

    • radar8 - May 2, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Marleau is at the top of his game and is one of the few that shows up every off season. Joe Thornton, however, has rarely showed up in the post season. Boston had the same problem with Thornton when they traded him to SJ.

      Let go of Thornton and Boyle (decent offense, but weak on D) and Niemi. Keep Staylock and find another good goal keeper.

      YOu can’t blame the coach. The Sharks had the same problem when Sutter was the coach for SJ. Now Sutter has a cup with the Kings.

      • sw19womble - May 2, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        Sutter had the Sharks playing hard-nosed ‘blue-collar’ hockey and fighting above their paygrade.

        Once we went to Ron Wilson and built a tippy-tappy finesse team, it always flattered to deceive.

        I’ve been a longtime supporter of Thornton, but tippy-tappying around with it, waiting and looking for the perfect pass will get you good results in the regular season, but you will get choked out come the playoffs.

        I wish the Sharks played more like the Kings – hard, fast, quick, not afraid to take a shot and follow up. Unless they invest in a so-called “superstar” who will get protected by the refs, the pretty passing game will never get them over the hump.

  3. 950003cups - May 2, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Worst loss in franchise history.

  4. sjtorpitt - May 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Leadership needs to go to Couture with the C, and Pavs and Vlasic with an A.

    • nightfireop - May 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      keep thornton and marleau.

      • spitfisher - May 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        They should be the first

      • nightfireop - May 2, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        keep them.

      • radar8 - May 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        Keep Marleau. Dump THornton.

  5. oquintero99 - May 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Could Ryan Miller sign with San Jose? That would help their goaltending woes.

    • nightfireop - May 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      NO! lol

    • imleftcoast - May 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Help delay the problem until next year’s playoffs. Maybe they should try to get Fleury.

      • nightfireop - May 2, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        why would you advocate your own demise? even as a kings fan i wouldn’t wish a fleury on anyone.

  6. spitfisher - May 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Yup, step on their necks when you are up 3-0, trouble is Thorton has fuzzy bedroom slippers on.

    If the trend continues, and it has for awhile now. 2 years from now Thorton will be worth a white bucket of pucks, get something for him now. he’s the same Joe from when he was in Boston, time to move him gets some young talent and some picks.

    • radar8 - May 2, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Yep.. Boston knew about Thornton. That’s why they traded him to SJ.

  7. tfilarski - May 2, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Should have not extended Thorton and Marleau in January. By doing that, it probably took some of the edge of those two guys and they just didn’t have it. After listening to their post game audio, they were sounding like they just lost a regular season game.

  8. cyggyx1 - May 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Numerous Crushing Disappointments San Jose has in the Postseason, this one was the Most Devastating.

    Stanley will never know the way to San Jose.

    Why is there even a Pro Team in San Jose?

    Maybe the owner should pull a Baltimore/Indy Colts and move in the middle of the night. Nobody will notice.

    Ducks v Pens Final Ducks in 7

    • sjsharks66 - May 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      Yeah because the Honda Center is SO packed all season, huh? Hate to break it to you but the Florida Panthers had a better attendance record than the Ducks from 2010-2013. The Sharks have had better game attendance over the last 14 years then the Ducks as well.

      Maybe they should move the Ducks, eh?

      • cyggyx1 - May 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Stanley Cup Victories

        Ducks = 1
        Kings = 1

        Sharks= 0

        What, Haven’t gotten over the 1st round elim from the 8th seeded Ducks against your Presidents Trophy winners in 08. Or is it that next year when they got swept by Chicago in the WCF.

        Hey, Better luck next year. Pray to the godz and maybe throw Sharkie upon the altar

        I love fans with selective amnesia, especially when they go way back. Well Ok, lets go waaayyy back

        The Shanks 71 losses in 1992–93 is an NHL record, and they also suffered a 17-game losing streak, while winning just 11 games and earning a mere 24 points in the standings.

  9. Professor Fate - May 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    “Wilson says there are several options but ‘the status quo isn’t one of them.'”

    “Wilson also said his recommendation to ownership will be to retain McLellan and his staff.”

    Either Wilson plans on shaking up the roster (which might be difficult at the top), is going to resign, or thinks he’ll be fired. Because keeping the coaching staff that just presided over one of the epic implosions in American sports history is clearly maintaining the status quo. Some Sharks players might want to start checking out houses for sale outside Northern California since Wilson is not likely to quit.

  10. superbowl48champs - May 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    As a Canuck fan, I think SJ would be stupid for letting T-Mac go. In any case, if they did Trevor should be on the phone immediately to hire this guy.

  11. broadstreetbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Keep TM he’s a great coach. Trade Thorton while he still has value.

  12. phillyphanatic77 - May 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    If Wilson doesn’t re-up Dan Boyle I can really see Holmgren taking Timonen’s $6 million and giving it to Boyle. The Flyers brass loves big name (expensive), aging, one-way “defenders”. Beyond that though how much can San Jose change their core? It’s gonna be difficult to finding landing spots for Marleau or Thornton bc of their contracts/age. Especially with their career long lack of playoff success. Maybe a team at the cap floor would be interested but you’d think a playoff team would fit the vets better. Plus don’t they have NTC’s? And I can’t see them moving Couture, Pavelski, or Niemi (no real plan B) Unless Wilson wants to move other pieces it’s gonna be a difficult offseason.

  13. blomfeld - May 2, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    AHEM …

    As an ardent, sexy and ‘values-driven’ supporter of the ‘glorious’ LA Kings since 368 BC, I would urge you people to not forget ‘who’ exactly beat you. You people have an ‘excellent’ team, terrific coaching and a ‘regular season’ track record which few can match. The bottom line however is that you probably never had a chance, even if you suited up 20 x Hertl’s with another 100 x in reserve ! Some call in destiny and others call it providence, but for me and others it’s nothing more than God’s will. TMac is ‘good’ people and therefore you’d be foolish to parts ways with him … God speed


    blomfeld – Apr 21, 2014 at 11:00 PM


    *** on the quarter deck aboard HMS Surprise somewhere in the Pacific ***

    Captain Blomfeld: right lads, the shark appears to have taken the bait … so every man to his station with ‘quick’ being the word and ‘sharp’ being the eye ! … we’ve managed to draw this fish in close and now we’re going to turn him into sushi !

    Crew Members: hurrah ! .. hurrah ! .. hurrah ! :) :) :)


    Friends, the bottom line is that we’ve got these Liberace-listening tropical fish ‘exactly’ where we want them ! … all cocky, fat, primed and ‘ready’ for the taking ! In fact, the good Lord himself couldn’t have prepared a better script, as such will be or ‘complete & utter’ joy once we’ve put these fools to rest ! So to your posts lads and ‘make ready’ if you please ? :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. pantherpro - May 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Let’s go Dougie. Even the lame Ducks and Kings have Cup. Their fans suck compared to Shark fan

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