STATEMENT FROM THE OWNERSHIP GROUP OF SHARKS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
"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.”
Further tweets from Pollak, Kurz, Brazil indicate that player meetings are going on a lot longer than anticipated, and that a few more days are needed to evaluate work of coaches before a decision is made.
I'm sure Doug will make changes to make sure we "remain among the elite," but for how long. It doesn't look like he has a long term plan for success, and that 's not good business.
I'm pretty sure there is a long term plan. (IOW, that's my gut. I have no direct knowledge that one exists, but based on the little tidbits that have leaked about some of the management books they pass out to players, I'm pretty sure there is.)
Have there been cases in the past where assistant coaches are fired but not the head coach? Or will Shaw/Woodcroft find new "opportunities" somewhere else?
Yawney. Happens all the time. Assistants are far more mobile than HCs. Look at Ramsay's history of moving along. And yes, orgs are generally tactful about the process as was the case with Yawney. You never know what will happen in terms of ill will coming back to bite you. The trio of RW/Hunter/Zettler was very exceptional for their longevity of remaining together.
We can talk all we want but we have to make a list of things to do. If Tmac is the man for the job we have to load our roster with the exact type of players that fit the system, even if we have to move some beloved players. If we go another direction we must build a team that fit's our gameplan on the ice.
Will McLellan or assistant coaches Jay Woodcroft and Matt Shaw be among those changes? Wilson has not yet decided.
That's about as easy of a decision you're ever going to get. I'm hoping the review is just a nicer way of saying "get lost."
I do, however, have faith in DW to do what is best. Like it says in the article, he's never afraid to pull the trigger on a deal that he feels vastly improves the team - he also never gives out 13-effin'-year contracts which I respect the hell out of him for. Good luck, Doug.
This feels like (at the least) the ACs are gone, if not TMac altogether. Leaving him hanging like that isn't a great way to show confidence.
I actually think that Woodcroft may be on the hotest seat. Moreso than Shaw.
Yawney may have decided to leave on his own to pursue "head" job elsewhere. (That's kinda the impression I got when I exchanged a couple of sentences with him on locker clean out day when asking about his plans for the future.)