The San Jose Sharks GM search is finally about to enter the next phase.
“After lengthy interviews of 4-6 hours each with a dozen candidates, San Jose will cut the list of candidates down this upcoming week and continue with the next step in their process,” Pierre LeBrun tweeted today.
Update on Sharks GM search: after lengthy interviews of 4-6 hours each with a dozen candidates, San Jose will cut the list of candidates down this upcoming week and continue with the next step in their process.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 11, 2022
Initially, San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher had projected four to five “real serious” candidates by the end of May.
It’s possible that the Sharks have been waiting for GM candidates whose current employers are still in the playoffs. Some teams prefer that their employees interview for jobs elsewhere around when their season is over.
This might apply to prospective candidates like Tampa Bay Lightning assistant general manager Mathieu Darche, Colorado Avalanche AGM Chris MacFarland, New York Rangers AGM Ryan Martin, and Rangers Hockey Operations advisor Mike Grier.
Ray Whitney, per Craig Morgan of PHNX Sports, was confirmed to have interviewed for the San Jose Sharks GM job. Elliotte Friedman believes that Martin and agent Allain Roy also have. He also speculated that Grier and Seattle Kraken AGM Jason Botterill could have. Jeff Marek has speculated the same about Arizona Coyotes AGM John Ferguson Jr..
San Jose Hockey Now also thinks Kevin Weekes, Meghan Chayka, Mike Gillis, and Carolina Hurricanes AGM Eric Tulsky could also be in the picture.
SJHN has also learned that Whitney is still in the running for the position:
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