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REPORT: Wilson Ready To Return to NHL?



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In October, the San Jose Sharks honored their first captain and long-time GM Doug Wilson with a banner in the SAP Center rafters.

Wilson, most recently, had been San Jose Sharks GM from 2003 to 2022. In Nov. 2021, he announced that he was taking medical leave, and the following April, he officially stepped down.

It sounds like Wilson is ready to return to work.

“I have heard that he’s been improving. And he’s looking to return to the game in some capacity,” Elliotte Friedman said on “The Jeff Marek Show” today.

In October, Wilson had expressed cautious optimism that he could return to hockey: “My priority is to get my health all the way back for the seven grandkids that I wanna be able to chase around. They’re probably tougher to chase around than the 23 players.

“I’ve always realized how important health is, and that’s been amplified a little bit the last year or so. That’s what truly is important, and I gotta get that back before you consider any other choices or activity. But I believe I’m gonna make it there.”

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Friedman didn’t know which teams or organizations have been in contact with Wilson, and what his role could be. But obviously, and the most important news, it’s good to hear that the San Jose Sharks legend’s health has improved so much.

“His name is back on the radar,” Friedman declared, “and we shouldn’t be surprised if Doug Wilson is back in the NHL.”

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