San Jose: A One Wilson Town

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San Jose: A One Wilson Town

It was clear at the end of this year’s post season run that the San Jose Sharks had been underachieving for some time now—having never gotten past the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since the lockout ended.

It was a safe assumption that a Wilson had to go.

Doug Wilson, the GM, has done a great job and was recently given a vote of confidence when rumors surfaced that the Toronto Maple Leafs requested to speak with Wilson about their vacant (and highly publicized) GM position—a request that was immediately denied by team President Greg Jamieson.

Jamieson stated that Wilson was under a long-term contract and that he and the others at the top like the job that Wilson has done. 

That left Coach Ron Wilson.

Ron Wilson was indeed relieved of his head coaching duties on Monday May 12th.

Assistant coaches Rob Zettler and Tim Hunter were kept under contract by the team and one would guess that they are candidates to take over the top job. 

Ron Wilson, you did a great job. Really, he did.

Coming in during the 2002-03 season, he inherited a team coming off a franchise first division title.

However, the 02-03 season went the way of the, well for lack of a better term, gravity.

The team finished that season in last place in the Pacific Division.

One would gather that the only positive thing to come out of that season would have been getting the sixth overall pick and acquiring, now centerpiece of the Sharks, Milan Michalek.

Following that season, in four years, Coach Wilson led his team to at least a second place division finish (two division titles).

Not many teams can claim that (with a sure exception of the amazingly consistent, Ken Holland run, Red Wings).

However, the Sharks have now been a Stanley Cup contender for some time now—often picked by experts to get deep into the playoffs.

However, that has not happened.

In the 2003-04 season, the Sharks lost in the Western Conference semifinal to the Calgary Flames (which stung extra hard for Sharks' fans as former Sharks GM Darryl Sutter and former goaltender Mikka Kipprusoff both played big roles in that series).

Since that series, and the lockout, the Sharks have advanced to the second round of the playoffs, but not further.

Ultimately, those playoff loses, usually as favorites, are what cost Coach Wilson his job as head coach of the San Jose Sharks.  

What happens next for the Sharks you ask?

Well, GM Doug Wilson is currently re-examining his organization from top to bottom.

The first move was obviously the dismissal of Wilson.

Recently, GM Wilson was quoted as saying, "Is it fair to say there will be players that won't be back? Yeah, that's fair to say."

One would gather that more changes are in order for the Sharks. The team has been well assembled and GM Wilson has really done a great job since entering into post.

A major overhaul is not needed, but clearly some tinkering needs to be done.

Only time will tell what will happen.

Captain Patrick Marleau has been the subject of many trade rumors in the past and has also been the face of this franchise (and captain) for some time.

If GM Wilson is looking for a different look for the Sharks, it could mean Marleau could be moved. Marleau's hefty salary of six million dollars and his dismal 48 point performance last season may make it tough to move him.

GM Wilson has also never been one to trade players just for the sake of making a trade. 

Who will be the next coach of the Sharks?

No one seems to know right now and given the timing of this recent firing, there is no rush to hire the next leader for the Sharks.

Who will be traded? Who will be signed? Who will be on the team on opening night for the 2008-09 season?

These are all very valid questions and will be answered over the off-season. 

Hang on Sharks fans, this promises to be the busiest off-season in recent history.

GM Wilson

It was clear at the end of this year’s post season run that the San Jose Sharks had been underachieving for some time now—having never gotten past the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since the lockout ended.

It was a safe assumption that a Wilson had to go.

Doug Wilson, the GM, has done a great job and was recently given a vote of confidence when rumours surfaced that the Toronto Maple Leafs requested to speak with Wilson about their vacant (and highly publicized) GM position—a request that was immediately denied by team President Greg Jamieson.

Jamieson stated that Wilson was under a long-term contract and that he and the others at the top like the job that Wilson has done. 

That left Coach Ron Wilson.

Ron Wilson was indeed relieved of his head coaching duties on Monday May 12th.

Assistant coaches Rob Zettler and Tim Hunter were kept under contract by the team and one would guess that they are candidates to take over the top job. 

Ron Wilson, you did a great job. Really, he did.

Coming in during the 2002-03 season, he inherited a team coming off a franchise first division title.

However, the 02-03 season went the way of the, well for lack of a better term, gravity.

The team finished that season in last place in the Pacific Division.

One would gather that the only positive to come out of that season would have been getting the 6th overall pick and acquiring, now centerpiece of the Sharks, Milan Michalek.

Following that season, in four years, Coach Wilson led his team to at least a 2nd place division finish (two division titles).

Not many teams can claim that (with a sure exception of the amazingly consistent, Ken Holland run, Red Wings).

However, the Sharks have now been a Stanley Cup contender for some time now—often picked by experts to get deep into the playoffs.

However, that has not happened.

In the 2003-04 season, the Sharks lost in the Western Conference semifinal to the Calgary Flames (which stung extra hard for Sharks fans as former Sharks GM Darryl Sutter and former goaltender Mikka Kipprusoff both played big roles in that series).

Since that series (and the lockout) the Sharks have advanced to the second round of the playoffs, but no further.

Ultimately those playoff blunders, usually as favorites, are what cost Coach Wilson his job as Head Coach of the San Jose Sharks.  

What happens next for the Sharks you ask?

Well, GM Doug Wilson is currently re-examining his organization from top to bottom.

The first move was obviously the dismissal of Coach Wilson.

Given this recent quote by GM Wilson: "Is it fair to say there will be players that won't be back?" the G.M. asked. "Yeah, that's fair to say." One would gather that more changes are in order for the Sharks. The team has been well assembled and GM Wilson has really done a great job since entering into post.

A major overhaul is not needed, but clearly some tinkering needs to be done.

Only time will tell what will happen.

Captain Patrick Marleau has been the subject of many trade rumours in the past and has also been the face of this franchise (and captain) for some time.

If GM Wilson is looking for a different look for the Sharks, it could mean Marleau could be moved. Marleau's hefty salary of six million dollars and his dismal 48 point performance last season may make it tough to move him.

GM Wilson has also never been one to trade players just for the sake of making a trade. 

Who will be the next coach of the Sharks?

No one seems to know right now and given the timing of this recent firing, there is no rush to hire the next leader for the Sharks.

Who will be traded, who will be signed, who will be on the team on opening night for the 2008-09 season?

These are all very valid questions and will be answered over the off-season. 

Hang on Sharks fans, this promises to be the busiest off-season in recent history.

GM Wilson—you now have your team, what will you do with it?

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