Instead of a full practice at HP Pavilion on Wednesday, the Sharks met for 90 minutes in the locker room. The extended session included the entire hockey department from Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson to the coaches, players and staff.
Following the meeting, a few players took to the ice for an optional skate. The Tuesday night 4-3 loss in Phoenix wasn’t the entire reason for the gathering, but it was likely the impetus for the session.
“It wasn’t a direct result (of Phoenix),” head coach Todd McLellan said. “It was going to happen. If it was a 4-3 win, we probably still would’ve had the meeting. It’s a meeting that needed to happen and teams have them at this time of the year.”
The on ice production was the primary force behind the closed door session as San Jose is just 4-6-1 in their last 11 contests.
“We haven’t played like we’d like to,” center Joe Pavelski
As expected, no one provided any specifics. But one thing for sure, the meeting wasn’t 90 minutes of negativity.
“It wasn’t an alarming meeting by any means,” McLellan said. “It was positive.”
“We’re moving forward and it was positive,” Captain Patrick Marleau
said. “There was no yelling or anything like that.”
Everyone spoke, but the players did most of the talking, with some focus going to getting back to the foundation and system that worked so well early in the season.
“We pretty much went around the room,” Marleau said. “It cleared up a lot. The guys talked and we’re looking forward to the next 13 games and the playoffs.”
“We’re in this together, so it’s about everyone pulling together to get the job done,” Pavelski said. “It was just about getting on the same page.” NEXT GAME
The Sharks will play hosts to Nashville on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the game will be available on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com