SAN JOSE -- Sharks general manager Doug Wilson took issue with a report in the Globe and Mail on Thursday that Adam Burish was not properly informed of the team’s decision to place him on waivers, and that Wilson was telling coach Todd McLellan to scratch Burish from the active lineup in favor of younger players.
According to the report:
…Adam Burish was a healthy scratch a few games after not playing particularly well. He was told it was management’s decision, as they wanted to see young players like Barclay Goodrow and Chris Tierney play more.
That happens. In fact, it’s been an ongoing battle in San Jose with other players at various times. But in this case Burish wanted out. And GM Doug Wilson said he would oblige by finding a better situation for him.
The next day, Burish walked into the dressing room and his gear had been removed from the dressing room. Teammate Joe Pavelski, an old friend from their college days, told Burish he had been waived.
That’s not typical. Usually a coach or someone in management informs the player. But what happened was a disagreement between Wilson and coach Todd McLellan. The coach wanted to play Burish. The GM had other ideas and put him on waivers.
According to Wilson, however, Burish was informed of the Sharks’ decision by his agent Markus Lehto, who was kept in the loop during the process.
Lehto confirmed to CSNBayArea.com that Wilson told him of the team’s decision to put his client on waivers the day before doing so, and Lehto subsequently told Burish.
Burish cleared waivers and was reassigned to the AHL Worcester Sharks on Nov. 23. On Wednesday, Burish was loaned to the AHL Chicago Wolves, in what could be viewed as a favor from Wilson to play in the city in which Burish used to call home as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, and where the Wisconsin native spends a fair amount of time in the offseason.
Wilson said he has “never once” told McLellan who should be in the lineup, and there is “zero truth” to any suggestion that there is dysfunction between the general manager and head coach.