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Sharks still in early stages of search for permanent GM

Sharks President Jonathan Becher said that the team could "still be a couple of months away" from hiring a full-time GM although in-person interviews will "begin soon," according to Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose MERCURY NEWS. The Sharks started with a "list of more than 50 candidates" and have "narrowed the number to between 20 and 25." The team has "had calls with approximately 10 to 12 people already" and has "scheduled times to talk to other candidates via Zoom." Becher said that the Sharks’ search committee, which includes team Owner Hasso Plattner and interim GM Joe Will, will "speak to the most intriguing candidates another two to four more times." Becher: "There is no front runner so far. ... We’re not even close to the end." He added that the Sharks have "requested permission from other NHL teams to interview candidates." Some teams have "granted permission," but others wanted the Sharks to "hold off until after that team’s playoff run had ended." The Sharks want to "grow hockey and expand their footprint" in Northern California and are "looking for someone who is comfortable working behind the scenes, in front of audiences, and in the community" (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 5/12).

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