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From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News,
Todd McLellan may not be a household name, but he has been successful at every level he has coached and was in charge of a Detroit power play that has terrorized shorthanded opponents for the past three seasons.
Known as an offense-minded boss, McLellan should bring out the best in a San Jose team rife with snipers and playmakers aching to break out and establish themselves as stars of the second season.
Update 1:47pm ET: More editorializing on this hire from both Mark Purdy and David Pollak of the Mercury News. (*And a hat-tip for the Purdy link to Terry Frei at his Denver Post blog, who apparently had a thing for McLellan in Colorado back when Granato was hired).
Update 2:36pm ET: The Sharks make it official. More at TSN.
From Helene St. James at the Free Press:
Todd McLellan will be announced as the Sharks’ new head coach tomorrow, having agreed to a three-year deal. McLellan was assistant to Babcock the past three years.
McLellan flew to San Jose this weekend, and two days worth of interviews with general manager Doug Wilson went so well McLellan cancelled a meeting he had scheduled for later this week for the job in Atlanta.
Update 7:17pm ET: More from David Pollak at the Mercury News, who states that a press conference is scheduled tomorrow at 11am PT.
*hat-tip to Bill
From Darren Dreger at TSN:
San Jose Sharks are slowly zeroing in on [Ron Wilson’s] replacement. Todd McLellan, an assistant coach with the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings will interview for the job on Tuesday before heading to Atlanta to discuss the Thrashers coaching vacancy with General Manager Don Waddell.
Sources say Kitchener Rangers head coach and GM, Peter DeBoer is also high on Doug Wilson’s list in San Jose and failing a change of heart, may be considered the frontrunner.
The Sharks may be in competition for DeBoer as the Ottawa senators and Florida Panthers remain in the mix. The Senators are believed to have strong interest in DeBoer along with Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds coach Craig Hartsburg and veteran NHL coach, Bob Hartley.
from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
The rumor over the weekend was Nikolai Zherdev, Dan Fritsche or Stefan Legein and the No. 19 pick to San Jose for Patrick Marleau. I spent most of Saturday pursuing this and was told by a handful of close-to-the-situation sources that there’s no truth to it, that the two clubs have not put together the framework of any specific trade as of yet. No names have been mentioned.
If there was merit to the rumor, I would have sparked up a blog immediately.
From David Pollack at the ‘Working the Corners’ blog,
The drumbeat isn’t quieting down when it comes to those Patrick Marleau trade rumors.
In fact, the pace is picking up.
So let me add this to the mix: An NHL source — not connected with either team — advises that the Sharks and Columbus are indeed close to a deal. San Jose would send Marleau and another player (unspecified) to the Blue Jackets for their first-round draft pick — 6th overall in the NHL entry draft later this month — and right wing Nikolai Zherdev.
read on for Pollack’s analysis of the rumor
From Scott Herhold and Pete Carey at the Mercury News,
Federal investigators are probing the business dealings of San Jose socialite and investor William “Boots” Del Biaggio III, the Mercury News has learned.
Del Biaggio announced his departure Monday from Sand Hill Capital, a firm he co-founded in 1997. Sand Hill, a boutique lender to startups, issued a terse press release saying he was leaving the company “for personal reasons.”
The 40-year-old financier, until recently a minority investor in the the San Jose Sharks hockey team, last year became a part-owner of the Nashville Predators hockey team. Del Biaggio did not return phone calls seeking comment. His lawyer, Elliot Peters of the San Francisco law firm Keker & Van Nest, e-mailed a statement to the Mercury News:
“Boots Del Biaggio is a good and generous person. Boots will cooperate fully with any investigation.”
Del Biaggio is currently part of the investor group that recently acquired the Nashville Predators.
Update 12:17pm ET May 30th: John Glennon at The Tennessean notes a statement issued by the Predators.
From Mark Purdy at the Mercury News,
We now have definitive proof that San Jose is a hockey town.
Earlier this week, a civilian spotted Joel Quenneville on the streets of our fair city. And actually recognized Quenneville. And tipped off a Mercury News columnist about it.
Quenneville is the former coach of the Colorado Avalanche, as of earlier this month. And unless he was here to visit the Winchester Mystery House or shop at Santana Row, odds are that Quenneville was interviewing for the Sharks’ vacant coaching job.
In fact, the Mercury News received multiple confirmations of Quenneville’s presence in San Jose. Pretty impressive feat by our citizen journalists. Quenneville is hardly the NHL’s most famous face.
continued… with more San Jose Sharks coaching speculation
from the San Jose Sharks,
Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick has agreed to terms with the Sharks for the 2008-09 season.
“Jeremy Roenick was a warrior for our team on and off the ice this past season,” said Sharks Executive Vice President Doug Wilson.
Update 12:09pm ET: From TSN,
TSN has learned that the contract is worth roughly $1 million, or slightly more than twice what he earned last season, however the paper work on the contract must still get approval from the NHL.
In today’s Mercury News, Mark Purdy points out that the San Jose Sharks host their ““State of the Franchise” session tonight at HP Pavilion, and team executives will be taking questions from fans. Purdy isn’t too optimistic however, and predicts some of the not-so-insightful information to be gained from the event. Such as:
Santa Clara Sam: “This question is for General Manager Doug Wilson. Is Patrick Marleau on the trading block? I keep hearing he is, because he has a no-trade clause that kicks in July 1. Marleau was struggling so much until the very last part of the season and the playoffs. Wouldn’t it make sense to deal him now, with his value up, for a strong defenseman or a top-line forward?”
General Manager Doug: “Our priority is to have as many good players as possible on the roster next season. Patrick is a good player except when he isn’t. And there are many other good players in the NHL who often aren’t as good as Patrick when he is good. Likewise, some are as good as Patrick is when he is not good. I think you see where I’m heading.”
Santa Clara Sam: “No. I don’t.”
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The price hike - which covers season tickets and single-game seats - averages 7 percent to 8 percent, Sharks President Greg Jamison said Monday, though the percentage increase varies more widely in each seating category….
Fans and some in the media have criticized the Sharks for not spending closer to the amount allowed as the team pursues a Stanley Cup. The Sharks, however, are quick to point out over the years that high-spending teams, even in a cap era, do not usually end up with the silver trophy.
“We build the best team that we can and it comes in wherever it comes in,” Jamison said of the team’s payroll. “And we as an organization have always been willing to step up when the time is right.”
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