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San Jose Sharks talk to Ryan Warsofsky, Jeff Blashill about coaching job

By Vaseline May27,2024

SAN JOSE – At least two people, Ryan Warsofsky and Jeff Blashill, have had or will have a second job interview, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Another candidate, Marco Sturm, was also recently interviewed for the position, Friedman said on his “32 Thoughts” podcast published Monday morning. The Sharks recently received permission from the Los Angeles Kings to speak with the former NHL winger about the opening. Sturm has coached the Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, for the past two seasons.

San Jose Sharks talk to Ryan Warsofsky, Jeff Blashill about coaching job

Friedman said Blashill was “ready” for a second interview and was told Warsofsky had two interviews.

Warsofsky, 36, spent the past two years on former coach David Quinn’s staff, coordinating the team’s penalty kill and defense. Quinn was fired by the Sharks general manager on April 24 after two seasons and a 41-98-25 record. Grier said on May 7, after the Sharks won the NHL draft lottery, that he had already spoken to potential suitors.

Before coming to San Jose, Warsofsky had been a head coach in the AHL for four years, including from 2020 to 2022 with the Chicago Wolves. In 2021-22, Warsofsky became the youngest coach to win the Calder Cup since Peter Laviolette in 1999, as the Wolves finished the regular season with a 50-16-10 record and went 14-4 in the playoffs.

Warsofsky started coaching in 2012 as an assistant at Curry College in his native Massachusetts. He then became an assistant coach for the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. After three years, he was promoted to head coach and led the team to the Kelly Cup Finals in his first year.

Warsofsky then spent two years, from 2018 to 2020, with Charlotte of the AHL, the first as an assistant when the Checkers won the Calder Cup and the second as the team’s head coach.

Blashill, 50, has been an NHL head or assistant coach for a decade. He was a Detroit Red Wings assistant during the 2011-12 season and then served as the team’s head coach for seven seasons from 2015 to 2022. The rebuilding Red Wings missed the playoffs in each of Blashill’s final six seasons and had a 204-261- 72 record during his tenure.

Blashill spent the past two seasons as an assistant on Jon Cooper’s staff with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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