NHL

Joe Thornton says Sharks GM 'needs to shut his mouth'

Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks wants Doug Wilson, the team's GM, to stop talking about taking away the captaincy from the veteran NHL forward.

San Jose chasing final wild-card spot in NHL West

Sharks forward Joe Thornton had a few choice words for the team's GM on Friday, saying Doug Wilson "needs to shut his mouth," in response to comments the latter made to Sharks' season ticket holders on Thursday. Wilson stripped Thornton of the captaincy last summer. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Joe Thornton made it clear Friday he wants San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson to stop talking about taking away the captaincy from the veteran forward.

Thornton told David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: "Doug needs to shut his mouth," in response to comments Wilson made to Sharks' season ticket holders on Thursday.

The GM addressed 350 season ticket holders and spoke about the reasons behind why the captaincy was taken away from Thornton. 

Pollak was at that meeting and reported the following after Wilson told the crowd he was a supporter of Thornton:

"The reason we took the 'C' off him … Joe carries the weight of the team on his shoulders and he's got such a big heart that when stress comes on him he lashes out at people," Wilson said. "It kind of impacts them. The pressure and stress, I felt, was getting to Joe,"

This very public disagreement between Wilson and Thornton, a popular player by most accounts in and out of the dressing room, comes at a crucial time for San Jose, which is three points behind the Los Angles Kings for the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told Pollak the exchange shouldn't pose a problem for the team.

"We have 14 games left and we've got our game going right now in the right direction. I think the guys are committed to playing and winning," McLellan said.

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