In an extensive interview, Sharks owners Kevin Compton and Stratton Sclavos shared their thoughts on a wide range of topics:
On evaluating general manager Doug Wilson after last season's disappointment:
Compton: "You look at two things. You look at the most recent event, which is always the playoffs, and you look at the body of work. And then you compare them. And then you say, 'OK, how does this compare to what you told us was going to happen?' He has plan for two or three years out . . . and how does it compare to that.
"If things are missed, the answer isn't always just firing people. It's going to them and saying it didn't work out. It didn't work out as you had envisioned or we had hoped. What do you need to do better? Do you need more resources? Do you need new tools?
"With new tools, do we think this person can execute better. If we didn't, we'd have made a change."
On advising Doug Wilson on personnel matters:
Compton: "I think if he's looking for us to assess players, we have a different problem."
On the possibility of the A's moving to San Jose:
Sclavos: "You can always look at these things as a problem or an opportunity. In our discussions, we're led to believe there's probably opportunity there for us. We do a lot of things really well in sports marketing and ticket sales and sponsorship sales. We think those assets could be leveraged other places."
Compton: "Our big concern would be tosee that the fan experience doesn't change as far as parking and traffic and things like that. We're not going to compromise on that."
On a potential arena being built in San Francisco:
Sclavos: "Another venue coming into the area is not what you always wish for. On the other hand, a lot of these acts are playing multiple venues in this geographic area 50 miles apart. I don't think we're too concerned about it and it's a long way away.
Compton: "We have a very large area to fill two 15,000 arenas for concerts."
A San Francisco arena, however, would become the area's third, not second.
Compton: "We'll see what happens to Oakland."
On the agreement with city to operate HP Pavilion, now the NHL's sixth oldest rink:
Compton: "We're very happy with the city and our relationship with them. Nothing's at stress. We're not going to raise our hands and say, 'If you guys don't change those entry doors, we're going to move.'"
On the emotional reaction when another team wins the Stanley Cup:
Compton: "Who it is matters to me. How they got there matters to me. I actually go through a lot of things when I see that happen. Like why isn't that us? How did they do it? What went right? What went wrong, not just for us, but for other teams? How do they run their organization? Do I know their owner? Do I know how that person thinks?"
On getting less involved in Shark financials than tech investments:
Compton: "The finances kind of are what they are. In tech, I can take my CEO and say 'What would we do if we added this market segment?' We're going to play 82 games. If I went to Malcolm and said, what if we play 86 games? Which I could do in my other businesses. I can't do that here."
-- DAVID POLLAK