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What I’m Hearing About Sharks’ GM Search (+)



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For the first time in almost two decades, the San Jose Sharks are looking for a new GM.

There’s already been a ton of interesting chatter about a vacancy not yet a week old.

Pierre LeBrun says not to rule interim GM Joe Will out for the job. Will is part of the three-man search committee for GM that includes Sharks owner Hasso Plattner and Sharks president Jonathan Becher.

But LeBrun added: “I think even Will himself feels it makes sense to look at a long list of external candidates and ultimately bring in a fresh voice to run things.”

Jeff Marek, co-host of “32 Thoughts: The Podcast” with Elliotte Friedman, says John Ferguson Jr. is a name to keep an eye on. Ferguson Jr. was the San Jose Sharks’ director of pro scouting from 2008-14.

Friedman also added this fascinating requirement.

“Whoever is hired as their general manager, is going to have to be willing to be public. They thought Wilson was very good at that locally. Whoever does this is going to have to be willing to do the same,” the insider said. “San Jose has indicated if you’re someone who doesn’t like or want that spotlight, this job is not going to be for you.”

The Mercury News offered a list of candidates that includes Sean Burke, Eric Tulsky, Kevin Weekes, Mathieu Darche, and former Shark Scott Nichol, among others.

Locked On Sharks speculated about Mike Gillis and Émilie Castonguay, among others.

Now it’s my turn to churn the rumor mill. From Jeff Gorton to Doug Wilson Jr., I’ve heard some interesting things about the San Jose Sharks’ GM search over the last week.

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