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SOURCES: Warsofsky ‘Front Runner’ for Sharks’ Head Coach?



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Are the San Jose Sharks zeroing in on their next head coach?

Three league sources told San Jose Hockey Now that Ryan Warsofsky is still on top of the list, with one source characterizing Warsofsky as the “front runner”.

Another source told SJHN that it could be down to Warsofsky or Marco Sturm.

Jeff Blashill, Jeff Halpern, and Jeremy Colliton are the other reported candidates so far.

If it’s Warsofsky, it would be full circle for the San Jose Sharks assistant coach, who interviewed for the top job in the summer of 2022 before GM Mike Grier tapped David Quinn. Under Quinn, the 36-year-old ran the Sharks’ defense and penalty kill with varying success.

In 2022-23, Warsofsky helped Erik Karlsson find his Norris Trophy form, to the tune of 101 points, the most for a defenseman since Brian Leetch’s 102 in 1991-92. The last time that Karlsson was a Norris finalist was 2016-17 with the Ottawa Senators.

San Jose’s PK also finished eighth in the NHL.

This past season, and granted, Warsofsky was working with a lot less, but the San Jose Sharks’ defense was a big part of the team’s -150 Goal Differential, worst of the cap era. The penalty kill, 28th in the league, also sputtered.

All that withstanding, Warsofsky was regarded as one of the brightest head coaching prospects around two years ago, after leading the Chicago Wolves to the 2022 Calder Cup. He also found success in the ECHL, taking the South Carolina Stingrays to the 2017 Kelly Cup Final.

If the San Jose Sharks hire Warsofsky as their next head coach, it would continue his pattern of a short apprenticeship in a new league before ascending to the top spot.

From 2013 to 2016, Warsofsky served as a Stingrays assistant coach, before becoming head coach from 2016 to 2018. In 2018-19, Warsofsky was a Charlotte Checkers assistant coach, before becoming head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate with Charlotte and Chicago from 2019 to 2022.

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Dylan Smallwood

I never watched Demers comments with Brodie RE: coaching being part of the problem this past year with regard to defensive zone play but was that under Warsovsky? He obviously can’t be blamed for it all as the D was AHL level talent, for the most part, but interesting that they would fire Quinn for his Assistant. Personally, I don’t like either candidate. I get this isn’t an attractive job but it’s 1 of 32 positions. I still think Woodcroft would be the best given his AHL time and just from being in the game for so long but maybe… Read more »


I’d really rather see them bring in a fresh voice. Hard to imagine anyone feeling like they have a clean slate if they hire the guy responsible for last year’s defense.


Grier is the only one left who is truly responsible for last seasons Defence.


What? Ryan Warsofsky ran the defense and PK last year.


I wont pretend to have an expert opinion on coaching, but Warsofsky seemed like an odd choice right now. My assumption was that one of the drivers of the Quinn firing was that they wanted to give everyone a chance to reset and put that awful season behind them. Were going to have some new young players + hopefully some FA adds and bringing in a new coach from outside seems like a good way to kickstart this as a “new” Sharks team. Bringing back Warsofsky feels like it would carry forward some of that losing season. Maybe that’s unfair… Read more »


Yeah, it kinda doesnt makes sense to hire someone who was a part of last season’s coaching group. Unless Quinn was fired for some other reason besides the losing.


Thank GOD no Blashill or Woodcroft


I am all for 1 more year of tanking 🙂 this was actually quite entertaining – so maybe Warsofsky learns on the job.

Ricky W

That’s the worst news I’ve heard all day


Nobody here knows any of the facts regarding some of the off-season changes. Everyone, including myself, was stoked to have Warsofsky two years ago. Nothing can explain all the hostile Sharks fans other than entitlement by winning year after year. Now everything sucks automatically—all the whining and whining and crying and crying. Good god. This here isn’t even news, girls and boys. Sheng’s telling us he heard it’s down to Sturm and Warsofsky. That’s it. If you want to get off the bandwagon, then get off. We’ll be here when you eventually come back. If not, then quite all rumors,… Read more »


Dude team was historically bad, it’s not weird to want a new staff behind the bench.

Ricky W

Marco sturm is a special human being just ask arguably the greatest coach of this century Daryl Sutter. If Grier doesn’t bring Marco in he’s a fool. The fan base is pounding on the table for Marco, Warsofsksi isn’t going to move the needle and put desperately needed juice back into the fan base.


Usually the best coach of the century has more than zero Stanley Cups.


Darryl Sutter has 2 Stanley cups

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