San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier Fires Head Scout Igor Eronko And Blasts Him Publicly

Samer Dagher
March 19, 2024  (1:42 PM)

San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier
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The San Jose Sharks are enduring a tough season, currently sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference with a dismal record of 16-44-7. Despite their struggles, they have a prime opportunity to win the Draft Lottery, although recent history suggests that having the worst record doesn't guarantee success in the lottery.

Sharks GM Mike Grier Fires Head Scout Igor Eonko And Blasts Him Publicly

Amidst their challenges, Sharks general manager Mike Grier has decided to part ways with Igor Eronko, who served as the Russian head scout for the organization. According to Grier, Eronko failed to meet the expectations and responsibilities of his role.
«Igor didn't meet the standard. For whatever reason, he wasn't seeing games and wasn't doing what we were asking of them. So we felt it was best to part ways with him,» Grier told San Jose Hockey Now.

«We let him go, basically, because he wasn't fulfilling his duties.»

Grier expressed disappointment over the situation, especially considering Eronko's previous experience as an assistant GM with Omsk. The team initially saw potential in his knowledge of Russian players and connections within the league. However, Eronko's inability to fulfill his duties effectively led to his termination.
"We gave him several warnings about getting his reports in," Grier explained. "Cleaning up his lists. And seeing games. You can't scout or get a good feel of the players if you're not at the rinks. For whatever reason, he was given plenty of notice that he needed to improve in this area, and he didn't.»

"It's obviously unusual to fire a scout not even a full year into his or her employment."

«It's disappointing. He was an assistant GM with Omsk there. We felt like he had a pretty good in with the league and knew some of the players and young players and had scouted some of them. So, we thought it was a good fit,» Grier said about the initial hire, announced last August. «But ultimately, the situation that Russia is in, when you can't really be over there and be hands-on and kind of follow people, they can kind of do what they want. He chose to do it half-heartedly. That's not what we're looking for.»

The challenges posed by the current situation in Russia, where scouting opportunities are limited due to restrictions on travel, contributed to Eronko's difficulties. Despite these challenges, the Sharks expected a higher level of commitment and effort from their scouting staff.
Ultimately, Eronko's departure highlights the importance of dedication and diligence in fulfilling responsibilities, especially in a competitive and demanding role like scouting for a professional sports team.
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