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CONFIRMED: Grier To Be Named New Sharks GM

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The San Jose Sharks have announced a press conference for Tuesday morning, where they will announce their new GM.

This should be the culmination of a two-month GM search that appears to have landed on either Mike Grier or Ray Whitney.

Per a source, San Jose Hockey Now believes that Mike Grier has emerged as the favorite to be named the next GM of the San Jose Sharks. But the Sharks have done a good job of keeping things under wraps, so we’ll see.

UPDATE: Pierre LeBrun also believes it Grier.

UPDATE: Kevin Weekes has confirmed that it’s indeed Grier.

Grier is the first black GM in NHL history. He comes from a great sports management family: His father Bobby Grier has been an executive for almost 30 years for the New England Patriots, Houston Texans, and now, the Miami Dolphins. His brother Chris Grier is the GM of the Dolphins.

Elliotte Friedman wrote on Saturday night that “it’s believed Mike Grier, Scott Mellanby and Ray Whitney are the finalists.”

Grier is currently a New York Rangers advisor, and before that, a New Jersey Devils assistant head coach, and a Chicago Blackhawks scout. Whitney was a Carolina Hurricanes scout from 2015-18 and has been with the NHL Department of Player Safety since then.

Both played for the San Jose Sharks – Whitney from 1991 to 1997 and Grier from 2006 to 2009 – but contrary to reports, it’s SJHN’s belief that this wasn’t a requirement for the position.

Just for example, if it was, why would Mellanby have been a finalist in the first place?

REPORT: Mellanby Out of Running for Sharks GM, Down to Whitney or Grier?

SJHN will be on site for the press conference announcing Grier, which begins at 11 AM on Tuesday at SAP Center. The presser will be streamed on all San Jose Sharks digital platforms.

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Alaskan_ice

Woo hoo!! It’s about time. And just before the draft. Smooth. It’ll be quite an historical move if they do hire Mike Grier. I’m liking it, if so, before he actually does anything.

Go Sharks!!

Nimrod

I was a big Mike Grier fan when he was a player, I’m hoping he’ll be a great GM for us, not that ownership will let him do what needs doing like tanking hard for Bedard next year!

Cheeon Yue

All for the #SharksTank! Out of the playoffs for 3 years, what’s one more for Bedard.

KE

They already knew they were picking him. Since this will be an historical selection they wanted to wait until after the Stanley Cup finals and parade. Rightly so as it should get the attention being the first black GM in history of NHL.

Im excited for him but I still like Weekes.

BrianJ

After months of an intensive search for a new General Manager to take on the very difficult, challenging task of taking the Sharks to the playoffs, they’re going to hire a man whose biggest accomplishment on his resume for the GM job is serving as a hockey operations adviser with the New York Rangers since May 2021, basically a little over a year of experience? Grier was a teammate of the New York Rangers General Manager, Chris Drury at Boston University, they also played together in the NHL at Buffalo. A lot of hockey fans, based on his resume and… Read more »

Alaskan_ice

Open that mind. Joe Will has literally been in our organization since he was a teen. He’s been through everything, behind the scenes. He’s no idiot. I have full faith that DW is going to be involved somehow.
It’s obvious they believe in what Grier has to offer, he’s not some guy off the street. Let’s give him a chance before we tear it down.

James

“Just for example, if it was, why would Mellanby have been a finalist in the first place?” That leak about Mellanby came after a lot of people (many who cover the Sharks..one of them being your friend over at TTUSA) were saying that it appeared SJ was prioritizing former players. Sorry, I’m not naive about the way business, especially when PR is a big component of the business. SJ’s front office has always been tight lipped and very controlling of the PR narrative that gets out there. There were plenty of other candidates with better resumes who were out much… Read more »

KE

Well I wouldn’t exactly say “he comes from a great sports management family” when his GM brother of the Miami Dolphins has missed the playoffs 6 yrs in a row. Let’s hope that Mike Grier doesn’t follow in his brother’s footsteps. I will have to agree with a comment about hiring someone to meet the diversity quota. Although I like Mike Grier and truly believe you don’t have to have a bunch of initials creditals after you’re name. It’s the passion and natural ability to connect with anyone that you meet. Grier seems to have those qualities and I bet… Read more »

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