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Doug Wilson Suggests Rob Blake or Dan Boyle Qualified to Captain the San Jose Sharks

San Jose SharksThe day Jeremy Roenick retired he went on Comcast Sports Net and said, in no uncertain terms, that the problem with the San Jose Sharks is that it’s too comfortable in the locker room, that there is a lack of players willing to get into other player’s faces, pushing them when they need to be pushed and calling them out when they need to do better.

Now we have the captain vacancy and, based on what we saw in the playoffs, a lot of people are speculating (read ‘hoping’) Dan Boyle wears the ‘C’ come October 1st. Interestingly enough Doug Wilson was recently on KNBR and, when asked the question if there are any guys currently on the roster capable of “hold(ing) the other players accountable” who can “get on the team when things aren’t going the way they should be” - Wilson’s response was an absolutely confident ‘YES’.

He said Dan Boyle and Rob Blake are two guys who are absolutely capable of doing just that, but he felt that last year, since they were new to the team, they were a little more respectful of the players who have been there longer. Come this season Wilson feels either of those guys can now step out of the shadows and press guys when appropriate.

We all kind of knew Boyle could be that person but the Blake comment kind of surprised me. During free agency the deal that I did take notice of but not enough to raise any eyebrows was the resigning of Blake. I thought it was interesting that he not only was resigned for one year but that Blake agreed to take less money. Maybe now we know why Wilson went after him and why Blake agreed to stay, not necessarily because Blake’s going to be the captain but that Wilson assured him that positive change was coming.

The interview also included Wilson’s recollection of a heated discussion with Evgeni Nabokov and his willingness to be traded. The entire interview is available here

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4 comments for “Doug Wilson Suggests Rob Blake or Dan Boyle Qualified to Captain the San Jose Sharks”

  1. The OC register is reporting a proposed three-team trade that would have sent Ottawa’s Dany Heatley to San Jose fell through when Sharks (ex)captain Patrick Marleau refused to waive his no-trade clause.

    OC Register? Hmmm.. Do you think it was a trade to the Kings or Ducks? Or maybe just more rumors?

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | August 24, 2009, 12:26 pm
  2. Below is an article from the Merc explaining the OC Register report. Doug Wilson has said Patrick Marleau was never asked to waive his no-trade clause.

    Turns out the sentence first appeared in columnist Randy Youngman’s article for their print edition under the heading “Top rumor.” Because of a production/technical error — and these things do happen — the line ended up on a web page of its own without any reference to that heading or Youngman.

    Youngman explained his role in the mess today on the paper’s Ducks Blog (see link at right).

    “It was a rumor I picked up while surfing the Web site http://www.prosportsdaily.com, under “NHL rumors.” And it wasn’t an entirely new, because the Montreal Gazette on Aug. 5 reported a rumor involving San Jose, Ottawa and Montreal in which “Montreal gets big centre Patrick Marleau, Heatley goes to San Jose and Ottawa gets Tomas Plekanec and Jaroslav Halak and/or Roman Hamrlik.”

    He went on to cite Doug Wilson’s subsequent quote shooting down the report that Marleau had refused to waive the NTC, then added: “There you have it. Believe what you want, but remember: A rumor is an unconfirmed report.”

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | August 27, 2009, 7:51 am
  3. I hope some day our little project here would have enough weight to start ‘unconfirmed’ reports.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | August 28, 2009, 11:08 am
  4. That would certainly be pretty awesome.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | August 31, 2009, 6:42 am

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