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Deadlines Don't Sneak Up On Doug Wilson

by Alison High / San Jose Sharks
With the March 4 trade deadline right around the corner, the question in everyone’s mind is will Doug Wilson make any moves.

The Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager made some major acquisitions during previous trade deadlines and treats every day as a “trade deadline.” He has a proven track record in making moves to help the club. Over the past two seasons, Wilson made big splashes at the deadline for All-Stars Bill Guerin (2007) and Brian Campbell (2008) to increase the Sharks chances of bringing a Stanley Cup to San Jose.

But this year, Wilson made his “blockbuster” trades over the summer. Searching for veteran leadership on the blueline, the Sharks GM brought in future Hall of Famer Rob Blake from Los Angeles alongside former Stanley Cup winners Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich from Tampa Bay.

So as this year’s trade deadline approaches, Wilson is taking it in stride.

“We built this team and did a lot of the heavy lifting in the summer time,” explained Wilson. “We’ve been very active -- just earlier.”

But don’t let those words fool you. Wilson’s phone isn’t unplugged and the Sharks GM will take any call that brings his team closer to the Stanley Cup..

“You still take and make calls,” added Wilson. “You always listen.”

Since being named General Manager in 2003, Wilson has been at the helm of two Pacific Division titles (2004 and 2008) and the acquisition of 2006 Hart and Art Ross Memorial Trophy winner Joe Thornton. The Sharks have ranked second in total points and third in wins among all NHL teams during his tenure.

Although the Sharks have benefitted from the players Wilson has obtained, the franchise has been built around the players he’s managed to keep. Wilson has successfully re-signed Thornton, and other key pieces such as Evgeni Nabokov, Patrick Marleau, Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo to multi-year contract extensions and they surrendered future unrestricted free agent status to remain in San Jose.

Wilson’s repertoire doesn’t end with players. This summer, he hired Head Coach Todd McLellan from the Detroit Red Wings. The first-year head coach has led San Jose to the best start in franchise and NHL history and currently has the best record in the League.
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