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Jul 8, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; General view of the Boston Bruins table during the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The start of the Mike Grier era in San Jose has come with a plucking from the Bruins organization, as Grier’s Sharks have officially tabbed Scott Fitzgerald as their new director of player personnel.

The Sharks confirmed the news in a release announcing five additions to San Jose’s front office.

With the Bruins for the last 16 years after spending nearly a decade with the Blue Jackets, the Massachusetts-born Fitzgerald served as Boston’s chief college scout. Given the way the Bruins have drafted NCAA talents and scoured the market for college free agents in recent seasons, that does feel like a somewhat significant loss for the organization.

Fitzgerald was the third-longest tenured scout on staff, and the B’s most experienced amateur scout in North America.

There’s no clear cut favorite for Fitzgerald’s replacement, either, and it could shake out as a ‘by committee’ plan for the Bruins. That would, in theory, be led by associate director of amateur scouting Ryan Nadeau, and have some extra help from player development coordinator Adam McQuaid, director of player development Jamie Langenbrunner, and new hire Danielle Marmer.

Fitzgerald is also the second member of the Boston front office to depart for a new job in less than a calendar year, following in the footsteps of John Ferguson Jr., who left the Bruins last September to join Arizona’s front office.

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