San Jose Sharks set to hire Mike Grier
Ricky Gray | July 5, 2022
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Grier will become first Black GM in NHL history according to several reports.
The San Jose Sharks are reported to be hiring Mike Grier as the team's new GM, marking the first Black GM in NHL history. The Sharks haven't officially confirmed the hiring but have scheduled a news conference for 2 PM on Tuesday.
Grier, who is 47, played 14 seasons in the NHL for four different teams, including the Sharks, before retiring in 2011. Last season he worked as the Hockey Operations Adviser for the New York Rangers. He also worked as a scout from 2014-2018 with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Grier is the older brother of Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier, who has been with Miami since 2016. Grier will replace Sharks interim GM Joe Will. Will took over for longtime GM Doug Wilson who stepped down after 19 seasons with the team.
San Jose naming Grier as their GM comes just four days after firing head coach Bob Boughner and his staff. Although the firing came directly from the team, it's said that the new GM should have "full autonomy" to hire the next coach.
The Sharks have missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, which is the longest drought in their history. One issue that Grier will have to address is salary cap distribution.
At the moment, San Jose is paying defensemen Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- all over the age of 32 -- a combined $26.5m against the salary cap through 2025.
If Grier can help ease the cap hits against the team, they should be in a good spot to sign new players and rebuild the team. The goal is to get them to the postseason as soon as possible.
We should hear from Grier and the team later this afternoon with the news conference scheduled at 2 PM.