First, I am sorry that this clip is so long, but it is a complex issue. I also made it an audio clip because I want San Jose Sharks fans to know that my being a fan of the Los Angeles Kings has absolutely nothing to do with the idea that missing the playoffs can be beneficial to the Sharks. I love hockey, and the NHL is far better and more compelling with the Sharks making the playoffs than it is without them. I have a lot of friends who are Sharks fans, and I understand the frustration they feel towards their team. I am not saying that the Sharks should miss the playoffs, but I do not think that fans should despair should that happen. I hope that came across in the clip. By the way, I firmly believe that if Wilson had made the move for Keith Yandle, he would have gotten the GM of the Year award.
One thing that I did not cover in the clip is that Doug Wilson is currently in Boca Raton, Florida for the general managers meetings while the team is on a tour of Canada road trip. It may be good to have some distance between Doug Wilson and Joe Thornton at this time. They can both take the time to cool down and refocus to what is important. However, I can't help but point out that Wilson is with all twenty-nine other general managers who have heard the news about the rift and could be sending out feelers as to the interest in Thornton or maybe Patrick Marleau. Having players waive these no-move or no-trade clauses can be done, and we do see it all the time. Despite what has happened and Wilson's firm stance on not initiating trading these players, I have to wonder if he isn't striking up conversations with Dave Nonis of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jarmo Kekalainen of the Columbus Blue Jackets who shocked the entire league when David Clarkson was traded for Nathan Horton.
Initial article on Doug Wilson's open forum for San Jose Sharks season ticket holders: http://www.mercurynews.com/sharks/ci_27702878/sharks-notebook-general-manager-doug-wilson-answers-tough
Joe Thornton lashes back on Doug Wilson's comments:
Hasso Plattner intervenes: