For the San Jose Sharks, the decision to make a coaching change came down to the fact that their club had not quite reached their potential, especially in the postseason.
“It was a very difficult decision,” said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. “We are proud of our accomplishments, but like our fans, we are disappointed in the result.”
Wilson and his staff met with the coaching staff, hockey department and players after the season concluded.
“We discussed it as a hockey department and made a recommendation,” said Doug Wilson about how the decision came about. “It was a tough decision. Everyone is accountable in helping get to the next level. We got to a certain point and need to find a way to push through. The decision has been made for a new voice. ”
In short, the Sharks appeared very happy with their regular season results, but looked for more in the Stanley Cup Playoffs where they fell three times in four years to lower seeded clubs.
“We’re not going to lower expectations,” said Doug Wilson. “It was a different reason in a different year. A different feeling, but the results were the same. Four to five good games is not enough. I don’t think there were enough good games in the 13 playoff games we played.”
“We have to play to a higher level every day to get to where we want. This organization will continue its goal to get to the next level.”
As for who could be next in line, Wilson said there are multiple directions to look.
“There are many people out there,” said Doug Wilson. “It was about this decision first."
Wilson did express his gratitude for everything his outgoing coach did.
“I’d like to thank Ronnie for all the work he has done,” said Doug Wilson. “I told him I was very proud of him and how hard he worked.”
NEXT COACH Wilson will begin his search for a new head coach on Tuesday.
“It will begin tomorrow,” said Doug Wilson. “The timeline doesn’t matter. What matters is getting the right person in place. As we look at candidates, we’ll look internally and externally. We’re not going to limit ourselves. There are a number of people who had success their first time as a head coach and a number who have been successful having been with other teams. What matters is the right fit.”
NOTHING NEW ON THE ASSISTANTS Sharks assistant coaches Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler are still with the organization.