May 25th, 2010, 1:18 pm
Something Doug and I talked about on ChompTalk last Sunday, along with Mark Purdy, is the idea that Doug Wilson may be let go, as his vision for the Sharks winning a Cup didn’t exactly pan out. Could it be that Greg Jamison wants to see a new strategy and philosophy for building a team? I now think the answer is “definitely not.”
First of all, firing a GM in the Sharks’ position should only be done under one condition – you know who is going to replace him. This isn’t a house-on-fire situation, where you gotta ditch the guy as quick as possible to stop the bleeding. The Sharks, despite their playoff disappointments, are not bleeding. Aside from tiny headed hockey pundits, there’s really only one marquee GM candidate, who is now off the market. I’m talking about Steve Yzerman, who signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning today. Yzerman, who put together the gold-medal winning Canadian team this Olympic year, has been biding his time. Even since he retired as a player he’s been getting trained up in various situations, and now was ready to strike and get the job he wanted.
You think it’s a coincidence he waited this long to take the Tampa job? I think not. Based on nothing but dizzying intellect and baseless speculation, Doug and I are betting that Stevie Y took the Sharks’ temperature yesterday, after they were eliminated:
Stevie Y: So, hmm… them Hawks are real bastards huh?
Greg Jamison: You got that right.
Stevie Y: I played on Detroit for a quadrillion years; I’ve eaten the Hawks’ lunch so many times I sh!% deep dish pizza. Any, uh, openings I should know about?
Greg Jamison: Man, that’s a good line! I wish I’d thought of it. But I think we’re going to stick with Wilson. Have fun with Ty Wishart.
Stevie Y: Who???
Unless there’s some below-the-radar magician, Doug Wilson is here to stay. We’re already dreaming up scenarios and plans for the Sharks to execute, and I’m sure DW is doing the same. He has shown the ability to modify the plan if it’s not working, plus the not-to-be-overlooked ability to fleece other GMs in trades. The conjecture season is now in full swing, and we’ll be filling the blogophere (and internet airwaves, such as they are) with enough of that to choke the proverbial horse. Stay tuned. We’re not going anywhere.