Tensions rise in San Jose as Thornton says Wilson ‘needs to shut his mouth’ (Update: Wilson responds)

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Earlier today, we passed along what Sharks GM Doug Wilson told season-ticket holders about the organization’s decision to take away Joe Thornton’s captaincy, explaining that the “pressure and stress” of wearing the “C” caused Thornton to lash out at people.

Now, Jumbo has replied:

Update: Full Thornton quote, from Pollak

“I think Doug just needs to shut his mouth. I think that’s the bottom line. All I’ve got to say is I’ve been here every day working hard. I haven’t taken a sabbatical. He just needs to stop lying, shut his mouth.”

None of this sounds very good, or promising for a Sharks team that’s actually played well lately (winning four of its last five) despite an inconsistent season, which has them in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.

Update: Wilson’s response, per CSN Bay Area

“If [Thornton’s] got an issue, he knows exactly where I am, and I’ll be glad to talk to him about it. There’s zero issue here. I was asked a question at a season ticket holder function, and my response was to do my job and be accountable to our season ticket holders and tell the truth.

“It’s nothing I haven’t said before.”