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Report: Sharks receive permission to speak with Kings' Marco Sturm

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The Los Angeles Kings might have helped the Sharks in their head coach search.

San Jose received permission from Los Angeles to speak with Ontario Reign -- the Kings AHL affiliate -- head coach Marco Sturm as part of their coaching search process, the Athletic's Pierre LeBrun reported on Thursday.

Today, the Kings made interim head coach Jim Hiller their permanent bench boss, potentially opening the door for the Sharks to speak with Sturm. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman had suggested last week that Los Angeles also was looking internally at Sturm for the role.

That would make two confirmed interviews for the Sharks’ top job, Sturm and current Sharks assistant coach Ryan Warsofsky. San Jose Hockey Now confirmed on Warsofsky last week.

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