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SOURCE: Whitney Still in Running for Sharks GM

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According to a source, Ray Whitney is still in the running for San Jose Sharks GM.

About three weeks ago, Craig Morgan of PHNX Sports confirmed that the former Shark, now a member of the NHL Department of Player Safety, had interviewed for the position.

Since then, San Jose Hockey Now has learned that this was actually Whitney’s first-ever formal interview for an NHL GM position.

He must have done well if he’s still in the running. Pierre LeBrun reported today that “after lengthy interviews of 4-6 hours each with a dozen candidates, San Jose will cut the list of candidates down this upcoming week.”

SJHN can confirm that Ray Whitney was in that layer of a dozen candidates.

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This might be surprising, considering Whitney’s relative lack of hockey operations experience. After Whitney’s 22-season playing career concluded in 2013-14, he scouted for the Carolina Hurricanes until 2018 before joining the league.

But make no mistake, Ray Whitney is well regarded around the league.

“He’s just a smart hockey guy,” a source told San Jose Hockey Now two weeks ago. “I like him. Down-to-earth.”

Whitney last played for the Sharks in Jan. 1997. Dean Lombardi was San Jose’s GM then, and since then, the Sharks have only had one other full-time GM, Doug Wilson.

Could the second Sharks draft pick – Whitney was San Jose’s second-round pick in the 1991 NHL Draft, following second-overall Pat Falloon – continue the Sharks’ track record of stability?

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Eric Pichette

Out of the names we have heard, Ryan Martin seems like the most intriguing option. Lawyer, player agent, capologist, NHL AGM and AHL GM. Also ten + years with the USA world junior program. Very impressive resume and more so has definitely paid his dues. Obviously guys like Darche, McFarland and Tulsky are also intriguing but neither have been confirmed as candidates to this point although we can always speculate.

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