Preview / Line # 70: Sharks pay tribute to Wilson

This afternoon, the San Jose Sharks responded to the news that General Manager Doug Wilson is resigning.

Players Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns, along with head coach Bob Boughner and assistant general manager Joe Will went to the microphone to explain what Wilson meant to them and this organization.

What stands out is that Doug Wilson was a GM with whom the players felt a close personal connection. He was not just someone who hired or fired them.

As shocking as the news may have seemed to fans, it also captured Boughner after hearing about the news of Wilson’s departure this morning.

“Doug means a lot to me personally. I know what he has done with this organization and his legacy is hard to compare. I think a lot of people in that locker room, including myself, have a lot to be thankful for Doug for … I think of this as a kind of celebration of Doug’s legacy and what he’s done here as a player, as part of the management, as a general manager – the success he has brought to this organization, and really, I think if there is a name you could think of that has built this franchise from scratch, then is it Doug, ”Boughner said.

“I just felt like there was an instant connection with Doug and I, and I think we see things the same way, and I think it’s the personal touch with the player – it’s the connection you doing with the player and I think that’s what Doug was good at.

“Working for Doug was a very easy thing because he had a direction and he was such a master at holding on to what he believed in and making sure everyone around them had no excuses and every tool, “They needed to be successful and he supported people in the right ways. It’s not just at our level at staff level but also the players.”

Joe Will reiterated Wilson’s influence on the culture of the San Jose Sharks’ organization.

“For me personally, I just want to thank Doug – he has been my boss all these years. He has been very empowering to people, [and his] Philosophy is to give people the tools to succeed. So I just want to personally thank him for that. I have been able to grow in my career based on doing that, and the relationship he has with the players and the staff and many of you personally, many fans here, is second to none. ”

Tomas Hertl highlighted the kind of personal relationships that Wilson cultivated with his players.

“He helped my career, kept me here … it’s hard to see such a guy go away … When my son was born [Wilson reached out] and I think we even got a gift from him, and even in this time he always asks about the family first. “

Brent Burns felt the same way.

“I had a little relationship with him before that, but of course it was a crazy time for me when I was traded here. Appointed in Minnesota, and then my son was also born four days before that. So we were still in the hospital with him.

“And yes, they were just amazing. I mean, obviously everyone was there too. So it’s a bit like you’ll get to meet everyone from the organization right away. Rosmarin [Tebaldi] just help us with everything. We were in ruins at the time. Yes, it was amazing.

“With Doug, I had a little bit of a relationship before, so it was a little more of a consolation, and it was a big help, and you know, it just continued from there. It’s clear, with the position he played and the communication and all. He’s helped me through a lot. So it’s bittersweet, of course, it’s about more than the hockey side of it and, and getting things right. . ”

Burns mentioned that he will miss having FaceTime calls with Doug to talk about his game or other things.

Erik Karlsson, like all Sharks, owes Wilson a lot.

“When I first met him, he was a very humble man. He’s a very down to earth guy who connects you on a personal level before you go to the professional … He brought me here and he signed me here. He believed in me, so you know it is always something you know that you are very grateful for and appreciate. ”

Logan Couture had much of the same feeling to share.

“I owe him a lot. He drafted me in 2007 and signed four contracts for me now. He has helped me a lot, personally, hockey – he has always been in my corner and I am so grateful for the time I got spent with him.He is a Hall of Fame player.He is an incredible General Manager.We have had many good years here.

“Doug has always been a guy who reaches out and wants to help us, that’s his biggest thing and he will give you an opportunity to do what you love to do, but he will also be there to help you , whether it’s hockey wise, or in your own personal life – Doug was always a guy who was in my corner. He was someone I could talk to no matter what it was about. ”

Special thanks to Lizz children for her help to this piece.

San Jose Sharks (29-31-9)

As Wilson retires, the Sharks are understandably changing. Here’s how their lines shook out in their last practice, but the lineup can be changed ahead of the puck.

Calgary Flames (42-19-9)

The Flames enjoy their place at the top of the Pacific Division, and seek to cross into the playoffs with yet another win. This is how the Flames’ lines can stack up against the Sharks, according to Daily Faceoff.

Flames center Sean Monahan must have a season-ending operation

Gaudreau – Lindholm – Tkachuk

Mangiapane – Backlund – Toffoli

Dube – Ruzicka – Coleman

Lucic – Carpenter – Lewis

Hanifin – Andersson

Sten – Tanev

Zadorov – Gudbranson

Vladar, Markstrøm

Where to look

Puck drop between Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks is at. 19:30 PT / 22: 30 ET at SAP Center. Watch it live on ESPN +, SportsNet West and NBC Sports California. Listen to it on Sharks Audio Network.

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