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Tim Hunter interested in Sharks heading coaching vacancy

From David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News:

Tim Hunter knows that Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson wants to keep his
coaching search as hush-hush as possible. So Hunter won’t say if the two have
talked about the job. He won’t even acknowledge if his name is one of 40 under

But the longtime NHL enforcer who has spent the past decade
working as an assistant to Ron Wilson in Washington and San Jose will say this:

He is interested in the job and is capable of doing it.

Read the entire article here.

While I do not question Hunter’s qualifications for the job, I do see the Sharks deciding to choose a coach from outside the organization. This is a team that is arguably already talented enough to win the Stanley Cup and to risk promoting an assistant coach to the head coaching position could be troublesome. I am not saying that this type of coaching move does not work, but it certainly is not always successful (See: Dave Lewis in Detroit, Jim Playfair in Calgary, as a couple of recent examples).