Sharks not satisfied but reaffirm support for GM Doug Wilson in statement

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com
Wilson brough Thornton and many others to the Bay Area. (Getty Images)

The San Jose Sharks are coming off a disappointing season where they fell well below the expectations set for them. But it's not going to cost GM Doug Wilson his job.

The team made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday, reaffirming Wilson's place with the franchise, one he has held since 2003 when he replaced Dean Lombardi.

"The on-ice results of our team this season are not acceptable to our fans, our organization or our ownership group. We will not lower our expectation that every San Jose Sharks team we put on the ice is capable of winning the Stanley Cup. Despite the fact that our team has experienced a tremendous amount of success over the past eight seasons, we are not satisfied with those results and neither is Doug. The ownership group has confidence that Doug will make the necessary changes to ensure our club remains among the NHL's elite franchises."

Oooh, the dreaded vote of confidence is mixed in their at the end. Although with that coming now, it's not as ominious as during the season when a couple more bad weeks can remove that confidence.

Still, it shows how tumultous things have gotten in San Jose with a disappointing year. The organization's upper management felt the need to issue a statement saying that they trust Wilson and he'll be back. When all is well, such statements aren't necessary.

You wonder how much turnover there will be in San Jose this season. The first questions will go right toward Todd McLellan and his coaching staff and at this point they aren't getting the same reassurances that Wilson just received. Wilson said he's still reviewing the coach's positions.

As they say in their statement, the Sharks have enjoyed plenty of success in recent seasons, except in their endeavor to actually reach the Stanley Cup Finals. In that regard, they might be the most disappointing team in the league the past decade with numerous teams good enough to get there that always fell short.

But at no point this season did the Sharks ever appear close to getting there. They took a couple of steps back from their Western Conference finals appearance a year ago. So the pressure is going to be on Wilson to retool the roster to get back where they want to be.

At least we know he'll be given the chance.

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