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from Curtis Pashelka and David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Two hockey analysts with ties to the Sharks have very different ideas about what General Manager Doug Wilson should be seeking in his next coach.
"A coach is going to have to be able to come in there and be a fence-mender a little bit," said Drew Remenda, longtime Sharks broadcaster until this season and a onetime assistant coach for the team. "The coach coming in, he'll be solid in Xs and Os -- and everybody who gets a shot is -- but his communication skills are key."
NBC analyst and former Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick suggested Wilson should hire someone a bit rough around the edges to replace Todd McLellan, who left the team by mutual agreement last week.
"They need someone with a firm hand, someone who is not afraid to challenge the players verbally," Roenick said. "I thought Todd was a great player's coach. If there was one thing that I wish he did more was be a little bit more verbal and vocal on a fiercer side."
There are some players, he added, "that need to be motivated, that need to be kicked in the ass on more of a regular basis. When they disappear for four or five games, it's not acceptable."
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The Sharks' failure to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003 will not result in top management turnover.
Owner Hasso Plattner sent a 513-word message to season-ticket holders Thursday that said both general manager Doug Wilson and chief operating officer John Tortora "did a good job" last year and offered no hint of potential changes at the top of the organization.
Recognizing fan disappointment in not making the playoffs, Plattner at the same time reaffirmed his commitment to Wilson's rebuild.
"We had hoped we could do both, stay competitive and rebuild at the same time," Plattner wrote. "It was close, but other teams in our conference were better, at least throughout the whole season, and deservedly finished ahead of us."
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from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,
Doug Wilson now gets to do something he hasn’t had to do in more than a decade -- redefine the franchise. His stance on the benefits of incremental change has to change, as the evidence that this team has dead-ended itself is now too overwhelming to ignore or wallpaper.
He has always had owner Hasso Plattner’s ear; now he has to sing a new song. And it isn’t just Joe Thornton that’s the issue. It’s a roster-wide examination that is needed, and an organizational one as well. The old Sharks are dead or close enough to it to require a new Sharks. The question that never had to be asked -- “Do you want to be here?” -- now has to be asked of everyone in the organization, and the answers aren’t as easy to come by as they used to be.
Wilson needs to be good not only at asking the question, but in understanding the answer. If San Jose was once a destination franchise, it is not one currently. In fact, for the next several months, the operation will be defined not by who stays, but by who goes.
And Todd McLellan was the first shot. As in “fired.”
SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks and Todd McLellan have mutually agreed to part ways.
In related moves, Assistant Coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, and Video Coordinator Brett Heimlich have been relieved of their duties. Associate Coach Larry Robinson moved into his full-time role of director of player development at the conclusion of the 2014-15 regular season.
“I want to thank Todd and his staff for their years of service to the San Jose Sharks organization,” said Wilson. “Sometimes a change is best for all parties involved but nothing will take away from what Todd and his staff accomplished here over the last seven seasons.”
“San Jose will always hold a special place for me and my family,” said McLellan. “I would like to thank Doug and the Sharks organization for allowing me the opportunity to coach at the National Hockey League level. While we both agree that a change is in the best interest of myself and the team, I’m proud of what we accomplished as an organization.”
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
A little more than a month after Joe Thornton told his general manager to "shut his mouth," the veteran center took two jabs at his coach during Wednesday's locker clean-out session.
No changes were made in the Sharks hierarchy, but Todd McLellan's future remains in doubt. McLellan has said he wanted to discuss his situation with his family before deciding if it made sense to come back for the final year of his contract.
"I have no idea," Thornton said when asked if a coaching change was needed. "Todd has to talk to his family. Maybe he should talk to this family as well in here. We'll see what happens."...
When Thornton was asked, he said failure to make the playoffs shows there is room for improvement as far as team culture. Where would that improvement need to come from?
"Everywhere," he said. "It comes from the coaches, and they bring it down to us. It comes from everywhere."
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
Todd McLellan remains the coach of the Sharks, saying Wednesday that he and the organization need more time to decide the next course of action after the team missed the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2003.
McLellan, who has become the winningest coach in franchise history over the last seven seasons, said a decision on his future with the team will probably be made before he leaves April 24 to coach Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.
"The answers you guys are looking for today, I'm not going to be able to give them to you," McLellan said. "I need a little more time, I'm sure the organization needs a little bit more time."
from David Pollak of Working The Corners,
Nobody should be surprised if coach Todd McLellan’s tenure behind the Sharks bench ends Wednesday.
But don’t necessarily expect a conventional firing. Signs indicate that a mutually agreed upon parting of the ways is more likely with both general manager Doug Wilson and McLellan acknowledging it is in everyone’s best interest for him to depart with one year left on his contract.
No muss, no fuss, no blood on anybody’s hands.
Wednesday is locker clean-out time, when players, coach and general manager address the season past and the one ahead. Normally, it comes two days after the final game — not four. A team spokesman said the extra time was needed to accommodate staff doctors, but it might also have been used to frame what happens next.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
The fates of general manager Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan are uncertain, with McLellan’s status the first question that is likely to get answered over the next few days.
But McLellan, whose reputation has remained as solid as ever despite the circumstances, wasn’t ready to commit to the final year of his contract just yet.
It’s not difficult to see why, and it starts with what happened immediately after last season’s playoff debacle.
Minutes after the Sharks blew their 3-0 series lead to the Kings, McLellan indicated that the coaching staff wasn’t able to get through to the players anymore.
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
The Sharks' elimination from playoff contention became official just minutes after they began their last home game of the season Monday night.
Unofficially, it happened well before then.
Roughly two hours before the final seconds ticked off in a 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars, the Sharks were eliminated from the playoff picture when the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild to move into the second wild-card spot. Nine teams in the Western Conference now have at least 93 points.
With that, the Sharks, stuck on 87 points, find themselves out of the postseason for the first time since 2003, ending the second-longest active postseason streak in the NHL.
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