Fired up Remenda calls out Oates for being critical of Hertl
SAN JOSE -- Sharks general manager Doug Wilson voiced his displeasure with Capitals head coach Adam Oates, after Oates was critical of Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl’s fourth goal and ensuing celebration in Tuesday's 9-2 win over the New York Rangers.
When asked by CSNBayArea.com about Oates’ comments, Wilson said: “I think he should worry about coaching his team, and not worry about being a caretaker of the game. I would not allow our coaches to make comments about other team’s players.”
Earlier in the week, Oates told the Washington Post: “I’m upset. I was just talking to (Caps general manager George McPhee) and he said all the kids do that nowadays, which I understand. But would he have done it on his first goal? He hasn’t scored yet tonight and he gets a breakaway, is he going to do that on his breakaway? We’ll see. I think it was a little bit of a mood thing, which I’m sure they talked about, because they didn’t play him after that. I’m glad the coach did that because this league, it will bite you if you’re not sharp. Don’t disrespect the league. I’m sure it was a rookie mistake.”
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan previously pointed out that while Hertl didn't play after his fourth goal, which came with less than eight minutes left in the third period of an 8-2 game, neither did his linemates Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. Hertl leads the league in goals with six, and is tied for the lead in points with seven.
The Sharks and Capitals meet for the first of two games on Jan. 14 in Washington.