While there wasn’t really much doubt, Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson confirmed he is ready to take another run at San Jose’s first Stanley Cup with the same coaching staff and core of players.
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“They are our coaches and will be so going forward,” said Wilson. “We’re looking forward to a great year.”
Team Teal fell short of their goal, but in a similar way to how neither Anaheim or Ottawa fell short of the Stanley Cup Finals the previous year. The Sharks need to tweak their efforts, but not rebuild their ship.
Wilson has taken input from his coaching staff and players and is already looking at next season.
“I wanted people to give their input and I needed to get all the information,” said Wilson. “This is about what makes our organization work next year. There was a lot of self-criticism from everyone. It (the solution) lies everywhere. With the G.M. The coaches admit there are things they can do better. The players have to come to the rink prepared to play.”
Wilson still has a hard time watching this year’s finals matchup and says there is a reason people were upset around the Sharks offices following the early playoff elimination.
“I still struggle with not playing,” said Wilson. “I wouldn’t expect anyone to be happy since we’re not in the Finals.”
During the next few weeks, Wilson will be busy attending the scouting combine, the NHL Entry Draft and attending to the restricted and unrestricted free agent market. The Sharks four unrestricted free agents are Scott Hannan, Mark Smith, Craig Rivet and Bill Guerin.