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Wilson Speaks As Deadline Nears

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The NHL trade deadline will come to pass tomorrow at Noon PST and whether the Sharks will be involved in any player moves will be known by then.


Making a trade, major or minor, or not making a move at the deadline is no guarantee of a championship for any team in any professional sport.

Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson has always maintained he will make a deal that can improve his club, but will not make a deal just to make a deal.



Trade Deadline Coverage

Wilson has frequently said he considers everyday as the trading deadline day. So today was like any other as he was listening to numerous offers from other National Hockey League general managers. At the same time, he also believes more can come from the players currently on the roster if they play less passive.

“It’s part of the job and there’s obviously a lot of exploration that goes on and it involves talking with every team,” said Wilson. “But it’s something we do on a weekly basis anyhow. We don’t just wait until this time to do this. We feel very prepared for any phone call that comes.”

The Sharks do a lot of planning is done well in advance of the annual trade deadline to ensure Team Teal is not caught off guard.

“A lot (of work),” said Wilson. “It’s part of your job. You don’t consider it work. It’s what we need to do to make the team better.”

Wilson still feels a lot that can fix the Sharks can still come from within the organization.

“The majority of the improvement is going to come from within,” said Wilson. “But you’re constantly looking for ways to improve this hockey team and if there is logic that supports the transaction. You’re always trying to improve from within first.

“We made major deals last year, but the teams that did the least were the teams that made it to the Finals,” he added. “As Brian Burke (Anaheim’s general manager) aptly said, ‘More mistakes are made at this time of year than any other time.’ However, that doesn’t mean that we won’t keep searching to improve this team.”

Unlike other recent years, the Sharks are dealing with more rumors about their current roster.

“With any team, it’s got to be a relief to the players once the deadline has passed,” said Wilson. “As you see in players’ comments, you don’t worry about what you can’t control in this business. You do what you need to do to win hockey games. This isn’t the easiest time of year for players, but we always tell our players it’s a good thing when people are talking about you.”

If there is a move out there that can make the Sharks tougher to play against in the postseason and move them up in the Western Conference race, Wilson has shown he will make the move.

DELAY
Fans not seeing a trade by Noon PST should be patient as the NHL normally has a log jam at the New York office and some trades aren’t announced until two hours past the deadline.

RECENT YEARS NEAR THE DEADLINE
In 2004, Wilson acquired center Curtis Brown from Buffalo to try and shore up an offense that was without rookie left wing Milan Michalek (knee) and center Marco Sturm (leg).

In 2006, Wilson had already struck when he acquired center Joe Thornton in December, but left wing Ville Nieminen was picked up in March from the Rangers.

In 2007, Wilson brought in defenseman Craig Rivet (Montreal) and forward Bill Guerin (St. Louis) in an effort to make a run at the Cup.

NEXT GAME
The Sharks will visit Columbus on Wednesday in a 4 p.m. start that will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.


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