The San Jose Sharks’ GM search might be nearing the finish line.
Both Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun have reported in the last week that the San Jose Sharks should be down to three to five candidates for their GM position. Who these finalists are, however, is still a mystery.
Here’s what we know so far, based on Friedman, LeBrun, and San Jose Hockey Now’s reporting: LeBrun noted that a dozen candidates had initial 4-6 hour interviews. “Very thorough” is how one source described these interviews to SJHN.
Friedman has been the most tapped in, in terms of naming likely candidates, which we’ll get to in a second. SJHN can confirm that Ray Whitney was one of LeBrun’s dozen candidates.
San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher has previously stated that the search committee, which includes himself, interim GM Joe Will, and owner Hasso Plattner, would like to hire the new GM before the beginning of free agency on Jul. 13. That’s not a hard deadline though – Becher has also stated that the right person is more important than the right timing.
Let’s profile the possible candidates, reported and suspected, and their backgrounds. I also spoke with multiple sources who have experience with these prospective candidates.
These are the reported candidates, in alphabetical order…
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