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Sharks GM Wilson: ‘We now become a tomorrow team’

Jun 17, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

Doug Wilson AP

Change is coming to the San Jose Sharks, a message once again reiterated by the club’s general manager Doug Wilson. And it won’t be just a quick fix. This might take some time.

“The rebuild is committed to. The players that fit for now and the future, their growth is going to be the primary thing. … Remember where we’re trying to get to. It’s not about here, it’s about there,” said Wilson, as per CSN Bay Area.

“I’ve had a lot of calls, a lot of people at the GM meetings (last week in new York), they know where we’re going. We now become a tomorrow team. When you spell that out, it does create a response.”

The Sharks had the eventual Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings against the ropes and stumbling, with a 3-0 series lead in the opening round. Then came the historic comeback. The Kings went on to win four straight to take that series, and you pretty much know the rest. Another championship for the Kings, another playoff failure for San Jose.

And that has led to all sorts of questions and changes and possible scenarios and possible changes. Prepare for a busy summer.

Let’s have a look at some of those issues and storylines:

  1. shutyourfivehole - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Whatever tan man. Heard all your B.S. before. And here we are again.

    • blomfeld - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:36 AM

      “ZIP IT’ WILSON AND GO SHOVE YOUR STUPID ‘TOMORROW’ TALK !

      We Kings kicked your paper-mache Sharks asses to hell and you know it pal ! So ‘deal’ with it you stupid, smarmy, self-serving, fake, plastic, disingenuous, parasitic, namby-pamby ‘lying’ fool !

      WE LA KINGS RULE !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      ps: and our 70’s line is pretty ‘cool’ too eh ? :)

      • drewzducks - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Better yet, someone may want to let Doug in on the fact that:

      • skr213 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Classy. Always good to taunt the team that you beat. Maybe you should be watching basketball.

  2. nightfireop - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    I was afraid he’d say that, I’m starting to enjoy beating the current Sharks core…a rebuilt sharks core might actually turn the corner…..

    …look, perhaps Doug Willie might reconsider and keep the current nucleus. Sheesh, it’s *perfect* the way it is. :P

    • nightfireop - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Okay look, sarcasm aside and as an outsider looking in, I would take Wilson’s commitment to a rebuild seriously. When the Kings declared that they were going to rebuild in 2002, Kings fans went through SEVEN FRUSTRATING YEARS, and we felt like there was no end to our misery. Wilson’s plan (at least from speculations) is not going to go anywhere over a decade. In addition the Shark’s current young roster showed promise and can be a force to reckon with after a few more years of experience and development.

      This current Sharks core is already good (and I seriously mean it when I say good) and with a bit of a retool to deliver more leadership to the young core (Pavelski/Couture Era); this Sharks team has the potential to rebuild seamlessly and continue from where they left off if not better.

      Any Western team that counts out the Sharks is making a fatal mistake (yes…even the Kings).

  3. esracerx46 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    As a non Sharks fan, this is a mistake. This sounds like a guy trying to cling to a job and buy time for a fan base and ownership that has been antsy. To be fair, I’m not exactly sure if he’s saying were trading high priced guys for future assets. Or if the high priced core guys are the future, specifically Thornton and Marleau.

    I’m sorry Sharks fans. I vehemently disagree with this philosophy, if he means what I think he means. You don’t consistently challenge for a presidents trophy and rebuild for the sake of the future. Do it because of the salary cap. Do it because you stink. Do it because someone offers you the moon. But don’t rebuild for the sake of rebuilding when you’re a contender. Nothing is guaranteed when it comes to prospects or the future. Go with known commodities whenever possible.

    • skr213 - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Or do it because it becomes clear that the core of the team for the last 7 years will not be capable of challenging for the Cup … which is what he’s talking about here. You want to milk our aging “known commodities” until they have no value left at all? THAT is how teams hit bottom during their rebuild. Trade Zen Joe and/or Marleau now and we get real value from teams who just want to make the playoffs. I think this is EXACTLY the right time to start a rebuild.

  4. paulerhythm - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Oh please! We know who rules this mess that’s about to unfold and that the season ticket fans! Go ahead, dismantle the current make up of the team. Get comfy knowing you just went into full blown rebuilding. Get use to not making the playoffs for 5 years, at least!

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      They could literally trade half their team and still make the playoffs. It’s no secret on here that I dislike the sharks but they have players that I’m legitimately scared to see on the ice and one heckuva coach. Assuming they trade the older half (or even JUST Thornton), they might even do some damage come April.

      • puckoff70 - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Lousy coach.

  5. norcalsportsknowledge - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    It’s just another way of buying himself some more time. Instead of his job being on the line this year like it should be, now he has a built in excuse. Taking away all the expectations, so when his weakly put together blueline teams come up short again next year, he can say it was part of the plan. He’s buying himself 2-3 more years. Makes me cringe just thinking about it.

  6. 19to77 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    The Sharks have always been a tomorrow team, Doug. Oh well. There’s always next year, right? And the year after that, and the year after that, and the year after THAT…

  7. greatmiamisportsmind - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    I’m kinda hoping the Sharks don’t rebuild. April wouldn’t be the same without them Sharking every year.

    • skr213 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      You’re from Florida and you’re going to bag on the Sharks?? Hey, we made it to the conference finals twice in the last 5 years. What has your team done?? We may “shark” in April, you guys just “shark” all season long.

  8. esracerx46 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    What is everyone waiting for, that never comes?

    Tomorrow.

  9. gsprulz - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Such dark times for the Sharks. Drew Remenda isn’t getting resigned and now their is a realistic chance the team is moving to another city because of the worst tv deal imaginable. What a nightmare offseason.

    • nightfireop - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      why would the sharks be moved? they have developed a solid fan base in san jose…?

      • gsprulz - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        Ticket sales only help so much. You’d be surprised how bad we are doing. Here’s the article, it’s getting serious…

        http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_25983494/purdy-bad-tv-deal-could-threaten-sharks-ability

      • esracerx46 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        “You cannot make money with a hockey team,” he said. “You cannot make money with a hotel, either, and you cannot make money with a golf club. I have all three of them. When you have a certain amount of money, you do silly things — because it’s pretty to have a golf course and it’s interesting to have a hockey team.”

        Hasso Plattner- Sharks owner

        I wouldn’t worry about the crappy TV deal. The dude is worth billions and enjoys being an owner of a hockey club, despite the finances. He’s 69 and at a point where unless they’re absolutely hemorrhaging money, he doesn’t care. Kind of an envious financial position to be in.

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Two things:

      1. Why isn’t Drew Remenda getting signed on? One of the more entertaining ones in the league in my book.

      2. So the Sharks’ owner owns a golf course AND the Sharks? That’s like killing two birds with one stone on that purchase.

      • skr213 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Yeah, we had to go without Drew for a season a few years back when he moved to Hockey Night in Canada. That sucked. Not looking forward to watching the Sharks without him doing color commentary.

  10. hosewater2 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Great start getting rid of Drew Remenda!

  11. sjsharks66 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Wilson should have been gone last year. Watch him just blow the Sharks up in typical Wilson fashion, the bad way.

    • skr213 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      “in typical Wilson fashion” – and what exactly does that even mean? Has he blown up a team before? No, he hasn’t. You continue to make some of the most idiotic comments when it comes to DW.

  12. terba28 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    This is exactly what I hoped they wouldn’t do. I know it was a devastating playoff exit and even I was calling for the heads of coaches and players, but it was in the heat of the moment. In reality, the only thing this team needs to win it all is a leader, the Brooks Laich’s, and Patrice Bergeron’s of the league. They’re so close and this won’t do anything but cause years of frustration for Sharks fans. But now Wilson is panicking. And nothing good ever comes from GM’s panicking.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Something good might happen for other GMs/vulchers.

      • terba28 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        That’s what I’m afraid of.

  13. aldog83 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Good Ole Sharks.

    (Hope Doug Wilson set them back a few years)

  14. aldog83 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    I was down for E3 gaming convention at LA convention Center and LA LIve (restaurant, bar, and entertainment center for Staples and Nokia Theater)

    I was walking along with my KINGS hat and met eye to eye with a fan wearing a SHARKS hat…

    I looked at him and game him a smirk and a nod (LIke “we got you again you sob’s)

    I could see the disappointment on his face……….

    Poor Sharks Fans.

    Ive followed Kings since Gretzky came to LA.

    And I feel for any fan base that has the talent to win…..

    And continually fails.

    For now I am going to enjoy the ride with my LA KINGS..

    Ya never know how long it lasts.

    But I like the way the organization is being run.

    GKG

  15. sharksfan97 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    So much animosity towards the Sharks especially from Kings fans. One would think their true rival would be the team in Anaheim only 35 miles away. But no, such vitriol towards the Sharks. Don’t really understand the reasoning, especially when you consider the Ducks have won a Cup. I’m a Sharks fan living in LA and I presume the animosity stems from geographic envy: Nor Cal is beautiful and classy and LA is an armpit (even where I live in Hermosa, unless you like power plants). But hey, I’m kind of stuck here, couldn’t find a job in the ultra competitive Bay Area and with family in San Diego and having found a job in LA, I’m kind of stuck in the land of gangs, smog and gridlock. Yeah, I guess now I understand the hate, it’s really envy.

    • mcflower29 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      a butt-hurt sharks fan in his finest sour-grapes moment. i’d give you a lollipop to suck for the sake of compassion but i’m sure in nor cal there is nooh another note,

      if you’re going to use the job market as a way to talk yourself out of a shameful loss, come on over to pit, there is no shortage of backbreaking, hard-hat, steel jobs here. shortage of “lollipops” ;)

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      I think the hate comes from misguided Sharks fans like yourself. You may love it up there, but that’s because it’s home to you, as is L.A. to Kings fans. It’s not a hard concept to wrap ones brain around. There will always be a rivalry with the Ducks because they deserve it- it’s a terrible organization that won the Cup through talent and a lot of bullying. There is a rivalry with the Sharks because Sharks fans started it. There has always been something to complain about, some reason to optimistically chant “beat L.A.”, some reason to hate Dustin Brown, and some reason to think they can gloat (see Game 3 post-game articles). It’s why Kings fans (I guess I can’t speak for everyone but at least myself and others I know) love to throw it back in their faces and have a ring for each middle finger pointed at the beautiful and classy Bay Area.

    • dbushik - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Well, what do you expect in the comments section on a sports blog? Class? I mean, it’s not like you are showing any yourself to provide an example, with all the elitist b.s. you’re spitting out, but anyway…

      Yeah, I don’t get it as a long time King’s fan either, but I do understand that I’m in the minority. I’ve never held any special contempt for SJ the way I have ANA (outside of the teams playing each other, I’m happy to see SJ have success), but the playoff history is really what tends to drive these rivalries, and until this year that history was exclusively between the Sharks and Kings.

      And you kind of have no one external to blame for the organization’s chronic shortcomings in the playoffs, so until the team changes that, best you can do is take that abuse gracefully.

  16. storminator16 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    This is going to be the most interesting offseason since right before the ’05/’06 season. Epic.

  17. tundra67 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    GM saying they are open for business is not such a terrible thing.
    After the recent handful of results, they’d better be willing to change some things …

    Addition by subtraction (Havlat and Boyle) and keeping Stalock already helps.

    Wilson has drafted pretty well, and by turns has also made the bottom of the roster more competitive.

    To the extent he can undo the mistake of giving BOTH Marleau and Thornton big contracts last year by getting rid of one of them (Thornton … cough cough) for decent value, that should be enough.
    Just be a bit more cautious with what deals they do make than is currently being advertised, i.e. don’t go crazy and give up any of their solid under-30 core guys.

  18. skr213 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    I still think a trade of Craig Smith and the Preds 1st round pick for Joe Thornton would be a great start to the rebuild.

  19. ronniethec - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    The best line from the article is “another championship for the Kings. Another failure for San Jose.” I like the sound of that. Probably hear it again in the future.

    • skr213 - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Gloating is classy.

      • nightfireop - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        says the sharks fan that gloated like no tomorrow after winning game 3. don’t hide man i saw you and the others at the time.

      • skr213 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        I absolutely did not do that in any way. First, I never gloat because that’s childish. Second, a series isn’t over until it’s over.

  20. skr213 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    So please go ahead and locate any “gloating” by me after game 3. Go ahead, take your time. I’ll wait.

  21. ronniethec - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Sharks made a major move to improve their team today. They fired Drew Remenda, one of their color analysts. Way to go Sharks!

  22. dbushik - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    The Remenda firing is tough to swallow. He’s one of the better broadcast guys in the entire league. I’m a long time King’s fan, and it doesn’t take a SJ homer to think highly of Remenda. The bright spot is that he will totally land on his feet whether it’s with CBC or RDS or if it’s just going back and coaching minors/juniors.

    The moves so far seem to be totally pinning the blame on the wrong individuals. That may just be the outside perception, but the optics seem terrible so far. Boyle is old, but he’s also a gamer, and totally wasn’t the problem. Was that about the salary cap? Probably, but he still looks like he’s being scapegoated. And Remenda certainly wasn’t the issue. They’re saying they want to take the broadcast in a different direction, but Remenda brought class and depth of hockey knowledge to the broadcast, so what direction do they wan to go in that’s a improvement on that?

    The anchor around SJ’s neck is Thornton and Marleau’s new contracts. Those guys are not going to win anything as the core leadership of a team. Sorry, but it’s just not going to happen as tough as that is to hear considering their talent and history with the club. Taking away their letters and making guys like Couture and Pavelski the team leaders is a good start, but not enough. It’s not realistic to think you can just change the culture by moving the letters around on jerseys while those older guys are still in the locker room with all the guys who came up with them as the leaders. One or both of them has to go to change the culture.

  23. ronniethec - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    The best thing that can happen to the Sharks is move to Seattle. How does the Seattle Sea Fish sound?

  24. ronniethec - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    I am watching the replay Sharks Kings game 7 on the NHL network. The fans are chanting “beat L.A.” I wonder if it will help?
    Naaa.

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