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When it comes to San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson’s return, no news may be good news.
On Nov. 26, the Sharks announced that Wilson would be taking a temporary leave of absence due to medical reasons (non-COVID related), as Wilson had been battling a long-term cough since mid-September.
In Wilson’s stead stepped in assistant general manager Joe Will, tasked with handling day-to-day operations. Those daily responsibilities are increasing the longer Wilson stays absent, however, and it prompts concerns over how the Sharks may handle the looming Trade Deadline if Wilson remains on medical leave by Mar. 21. Already, the Sharks have weathered the Evander Kane storm and COVID postponements without Wilson, and there’s a sign-or-trade decision on impending UFA Tomas Hertl coming soon.
Per Frank Seravalli and the Daily Faceoff, there isn’t much of an update on a timeline for Wilson’s return to the San Jose Sharks’ front office.
“I think people were hoping – and certainly around the Sharks organization – that this would just be a temporary leave of absence. That Doug Wilson could gather up some strength and be back in the chair in short order,” said Seravalli, on the Sharks’ perspective around the absence.
But at this point, Wilson’s return doesn’t seem imminent.
“We’re now more than two months since that announcement was made back on Nov. 26. At this point, Joe Will, their assistant general manager, is still overseeing day-to-day operations of the team. He’s in communication with Doug Wilson on the regular,” said Seravalli.
This is in line with what San Jose Hockey Now has noted on many occasions, that Wilson is still a phone call away on any of the big Sharks decisions.
Wilson has been the general manager since 2003, and Will has been the assistant general manager since 2005.
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