Author: Jason Brough

Doug Wilson

Wilson safe in San Jose; Carlyle the next coach?


In case it wasn’t obvious earlier this week when he was entrusted to hold a press conference and talk about the future of the team, San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson will be back next season.

From CSN Bay Area:

On Thursday, team owner Hasso Plattner issued a lengthy, and at times vague letter to fans, in which he touched on a number of topics regarding his club that missed the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons.

Although it wasn’t explicitly worded, according to a Sharks source, the letter partly serves as an endorsement for Wilson to return as the team’s top hockey executive for a 13th year.

Obviously, Wilson has some work to do this summer. At the top of the list is hiring a new coach to replace Todd McLellan.

Speaking of which…

San Jose also has eight picks in the upcoming draft, including the ninth overall selection.

The Sharks haven’t had a top-10 draft pick since they took Logan Couture ninth overall in 2007.

Kunitz family nanny accused of stealing jewelry

Chris Kunitz

From WPXI in Pittsburgh:

The family of one of the top players for the Pittsburgh Penguins fell victim to theft by someone whom they knowingly let into their home, authorities said.

Andrea Forsythe, 26, who worked as a nanny for Chris Kunitz and his family, has been charged with theft.

Police said Forsythe stole a pair of diamond earrings from the Kunitz’s Collier Township home and then sold them at a jewelry store in Robinson Township months later.

Click here for the video report of the story. It sounds like Forsythe is more than an alleged jewelry thief. She’s also been accused of fraud and arson.

(Video) PHT Extra: Blues get big win, but pressure’s still on

St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild - Game Four
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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — they may not get a ton of national attention, but the St. Louis Blues have one of the most tortured fan bases in all of North American pro sports.

From Bernie Federko to Brett Hull to Al MacInnis and even (briefly) Wayne Gretzky, the franchise has not lacked for great players since entering the league in 1967. Yet the Blues are still searching for their first Stanley Cup.

Couple the franchise’s long history of postseason disappointment with the first-round losses they’ve suffered the past two years and the Blues entered these playoffs with arguably the most pressure of any of the 16 teams participating.

That’s why last night’s win in Minnesota was so huge.

We discuss:

Related: Columnist says if Blues lose to Wild, there should be ‘consequences’