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REPORT: Leafs Have Talked To Wilson About GM Job



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Could Doug Wilson replace Kyle Dubas?

That’s what Elliotte Friedman reported tonight on Sportsnet, stressing that talks between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the ex-San Jose Sharks general manager about their recently-vacated GM role were merely in the preliminary stages.

“There’s a few other names that the Maple Leafs have talked to, at least to begin the conversation process. I think one of those names was Doug Wilson,” the insider shared.

Add Wilson to other candidates that Friedman mentioned, Brad Treliving, Peter Chiarelli, Jason Botterill, and Marc Bergevin. Friedman noted, to his knowledge, that only Treliving’s interview was in person at this point.

Who would’ve imagined, when Dubas was tapped for Leafs GM in May 2018, that we’d be talking now about the possibility of Wilson replacing him?

Wilson was a San Jose Sharks institution, the GM from 2003 to 2022.

From 2003-04 to 2018-19, Wilson’s Sharks made the playoffs in all but one campaign, highlighted by a Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and Western Conference Finals appearances in 2004, 2010, 2011, and 2019.

Wilson stepped down from the role in Apr. 2022 for medical reasons.

In Oct. 2022, the San Jose Sharks held a Doug Wilson Appreciation Night, closing the door on over 30 years of service to the franchise, going back to being the captain of the expansion 1991-92 Sharks.

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Last month, however, Friedman reported that Wilson was interested in returning to hockey, “I have heard that he’s been improving. And he’s looking to return to the game in some capacity.”

REPORT: Wilson Ready To Return to NHL?

So no matter if things go forward between Wilson and Toronto, all this is good news. Wilson is clearly feeling healthier, which is the most important takeaway here.

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