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Larry Robinson has an … interesting take on Sharks captaincy

Aug 22, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks probably deserve credit for not totally panicking and clearing house after coughing up a 3-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings,* but the wave of odd commentary from management continues. Most recently, the rather curious takes revolve around the decision to strip Joe Thornton of the captaincy.

Fear the Fin transcribed assistant coach/hockey legend Larry Robinson’s thoughts regarding why a “shake-up” was needed to Montreal’s TSN 690:

“I don’t think this is to put all the onus on Joe or even Patrick for that matter but there’s definitely leadership that has to be found somewhere within and if it’s not Joe and if it’s not Patrick then we’re looking for somebody else to step forward and I think that’s the main reason we’re doing what we’re doing,” Robinson said. “We’re waiting for somebody now to step forward and take charge of this team.”

There have been some interesting themes developing from the various interviews shared by Robinson and GM Doug Wilson.

One is that Thornton’s occasionally biting sense of humor might have had its detriments for younger-yet-prominent Sharks.

” … You have to feel comfortable and if you had a problem or if you need something or are looking for a lift, you usually look to your leaders and your captains to get out there,” Robinson said. “And it’s possible that maybe Joe didn’t provide it for our team.”

Considering the narrative that the Sharks (and especially Thornton/Patrick Marleau) have been “too soft,” it’s interesting that the organizational feeling seems to imply that they actually seek a gentler approach from “Jumbo Joe.”

One other theme Robinson echoed is that they’d like to see the leadership torch passed from veterans to prime-age players. Robinson seems to believe that at 35, Thornton might actually feel liberated not to have to carry the burden of wearing the “C.”

Ultimately, the Sharks decided to sign Thornton and Marleau to contract extensions … presumably before they decided that they were having such a leadership crisis. The franchise decided to avoid the messy process of a true rebuild, yet each seems like every public statement opens the door for more hurt feelings and headaches.

Check out Fear the Fin’s perspective here and the full interview in this link.

* – Remember when the Boston Bruins didn’t panic after being “reverse-swept” and then won a Stanley Cup the following season? Just saying.


Thornton heard about captaincy change from a reporter, not his team

The Sharks seemed to be having a “nervous breakdown” in June

Wilson talks “tomorrow team” and then sort of backpedals

  1. blomfeld - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    “They attacked me like a horde of demented rats” …

    I will never forget this past spring when we Kings went down 0-3 to the Sharks in the first round. Out of the blue came an ‘ugly & venomous’ attack upon yours truly by a ‘vile & repulsive’ segment of Shark’s nation. For absolutely no reason, these people attacked me like a ‘horde of demented rats’ which was both cowardly and extremely loathe. Needless to say, I find myself today completely ‘indifferent’ to their ongoing struggles and sinking cause. In fact, they can now go down with ‘all hands’ for all I care, including the ‘filthy’ rats who sought to upset me last April …

    • skr213 - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Such a silly little troll.

    • phtjoey - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      can never get enough of the ever enertaining blomfeld. you are without a doubt the most entertaining commenter on here.

      sir, you are the recipient of the annual “mega entertainer of 2014“ award on PHT sponsred by Galaxy Universal Stars Entertainment.

      • blomfeld - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        “you should always try and have a good time in life” … Luke 16:8


        May God bless our friend Joey, PHT’s Most Intelligent Commenter for 2014 !!! :) :) :)

      • ferrall70 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        you must have zero standards on entertainment, obviously you enjoy insipid drivel

    • sjsblitz - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      Of course he can’t forget, He only went MIA till game 1 against Anaheim.

      • blomfeld - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        you’re wrong pal …


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        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 !

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        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 a better script, as such will be our ‘complete & utter’ joy once we’ve put these fools to rest ! So to your posts friends and ‘make ready’ if you please ? :)

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    • ferrall70 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      why post stupid and ridiculous things

  2. mshantz22 - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    If I had to put money on anyone, I’d bet Pavelski gets the C. Seems like a go-getter who is responsible at both ends of the ice.

  3. skr213 - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Given the comments and fire we’ve seen from Couture since the collapse against the Kings, I’d have to put my money on him. Until this summer, I’d have put my money on Pavs, but I think Logan has been showing that “need to win” that has been sorely lacking in recent leadership.

  4. shanekelleytx - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    I would give it to Pavelski, but I think Vlasic will get it in the end. Most games played on the team and he brings the toughness the management desires.

    • phtjoey - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      it`s not about who anyone thinks should get it. according to the sjs management, it`s going to be awared to the player who will step up and show best leadeship skills.

      • ferrall70 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        that;s the way it should be, make people earn the letters. Id bet that Vlasic earns plus he is an original Shark draft pick.

  5. mfitzsi31 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Larry is the Sharks Associate Coach, not assistant.

  6. mfitzsi31 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Larr is the Sharks Associate Coach not assistant coach.

    • mfitzsi31 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      ^ sorry for the dupe. Stupid phone.

      • blomfeld - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        friend … perhaps it might be an idea to put the bottle away ?

      • skr213 - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        Blom, I don’t know what you’re trying to say because you didn’t illustrate it with a video.

      • ferrall70 - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        No one knows what the clown is trying to say with his drivel and video……if he stops posting we would have addition by subtraction.

  7. dencar2014 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Didn’t the Sharks replace Marleau as captain with Blake a few years ago?

  8. faulkingallstar - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    I could see Vlasic getting the C with Couture and Pavs getting the A’s. Vlasic is the perfect example of the team player, always making the right plays that get the wins but never get the glory. I could also see Stalock being apart of the new leadership, not as a captain but as a leader in the dressing from what ive heard from his interview, always pretty blunt and if he doesn’t play good doesn’t try to sugarcoat it. Something that Thornton and Marleau do a lot which is very frustrating.

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