NHL Rumors: Sharks "Zeroing In" On Leading Candidate For Next Head Coach

It appears that the San Jose Sharks are circling the waters on their next head coach, and according to NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman, they think they have their man.

Friedman says that former New York Rangers head coach David Quinn is soon to be the Sharks' choice, beating out other finalists Mike Vellucci, assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Spencer Carbery, assistant to Sheldon Keefe with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Quinn was last behind an NHL bench in the 2020-21 season. After leading the Rangers to a 27-23-6 record, but missing the playoffs. In his three seasons there,  he had a 96-87-25 record, but the Blueshirts failed to make the playoffs (aside from their qualification round loss in 2020). 

The 55-year-old Quinn was a leading candidate for the Boston Bruins job earlier in the offseason, but they went instead with Jim Montgomery. 

Quinn and new Sharks GM Mike Grier have a Boston University connection, as both played there, while Quinn led BU to a strong 100-59-20 record in five seasons coaching there. 

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