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Todd McLellan Could Know His Fate Tomorrow

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.


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San Jose Sharks’ Players Not Getting The Message

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.

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Playoff Run Is Over For The San Jose Sharks

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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San Jose Sharks Talk

from Nichols On Hockey,

Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 690 on Monday morning.

On what he sees as the first shoe dropping with the San Jose Sharks after the season:

“I’ve been told that when – and I have no proof of it – but when the owner stepped in when everybody kind of blew up at each other there, the word I was given was that Joe Thornton was told he was not going anywhere. That he’s going to stay and he’s going to retire a San Jose Shark. Which I do believe is the case. Joe Thornton has made it very clear he’s not getting traded unless he wants to be and he doesn’t want to be.

“And to be perfectly honest, he’s been their second-best player this year. So why would you want to trade him anyway.”

Later in the discussion on the Sharks:

“I’ve heard – I don’t know, I probably shouldn’t be passing along rumors, but what the heck – it’s radio and that’s what we do. Last year, that when this whole thing started and there was a debate about whether or not they wanted to trade him, he basically said: ‘You know what? I’m not moving. If you want to get rid of me, buy me out. Then I can go anywhere I want.’


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What Happened To The San Jose Sharks?

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

So what went wrong? How did a team that finished with 111 points last season -- tied for fourth best in the NHL -- fall so far?

"We can't look at a single faction of our team, whether it's the youth or the older players or the leadership or the coach or the coaching staff," coach Todd McLellan said this week. "Whatever it might be, we're team-deep as far as where we've put ourselves in the standings."

There is no shortage of things you can point to by looking at stats.

Patrick Marleau is a minus-16 and, with only 17 goals, is having his poorest season offensively since 2007-08. A year ago, Marleau had 33 goals and was even when it came to plus-minus.

Tomas Hertl and Matt Nieto, two of the young players around whom the Sharks constructed their rebuild, did not show the improvement that was expected after their rookie seasons. Hertl, in fact, went backward. He has 12 goals in 74 games; last season, he had 15 goals in 37 games. Rookie defenseman Mirco Mueller also struggled at times as he tried to make the jump from junior hockey.

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Talking Changes In San Jose

Same Page, Sarah Kwak and Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated discuss a few hockey topics...

Losing three of their past four games has pretty much put the kibosh on the Sharks’ playoff hopes. Following on the heels of several years of postseason frustration, you have to think change is coming to San Jose. Which shoe drops first?

KWAK: Change must come in San Jose, but the Sharks have been parroting that line for the last two years and so far, nothing. So I don’t know if change is coming. If it does, it’ll be GM Doug Wilson because he’s the one who has promised change and then not delivered.

PAGE: Wilson has to go first, right? It’s the order in which these things usually go, and he’s the instigator of the team’s recent dysfunction. It will then fall to the new GM to decide what to do with Todd McLellan and Joe Thornton, though it’s hard to imagine that either will be back with the Sharks next year.


MUIR: Thornton’s not going anywhere. They’ve stripped the C off his sweater, they embarrassed him in public and he doesn’t care (which really speaks to the bigger issue with Jumbo Joe, but that’s not the point of debate here). He’s happy in San Jose and he wants to stay. And with two years left on his contract and full no-movement protection, you can bet that’s exactly what he’s going to do. McLellan and Wilson, though? I think this is it for both of them. Not to wish ill on either man, but this organization needs fresh thinking before it considers a roster overhaul.

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Consider The San Jose Shark Done

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

That should just about do it.

After allowing four goals in the third period on Monday at Canadian Tire Center to lose 5-2 to the Senators, the Sharks playoff odds went from remote to virtually impossible.

A seven-game road trip that began in Winnipeg with a confident group has now devolved into a funeral procession for the 2014-15 season. There are still nine games to go and three more stops on the trip, but for all intents and purposes the Sharks’ 10-year streak of making it to the postseason died in the frosty Canadian capital.

No one would say it in those words, of course, but there was a palpable sense that the players and coach are now reserved to their fate as a team....

Logan Couture was particularly sincere.

“We’re not good enough right now to compete against good teams in the NHL,” he said. “It’s disappointing. We’re a better team, I think, than what we’ve shown in the last couple months.

“Every night we go out there, we just haven’t been good enough on a consistent basis. It’s so disappointing because we believe in this room that we’ve got a good enough group of guys to make a push and to compete past the regular season. Consistently, we just don’t get the job done.”

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Playoff Hopes Fade For The San Jose Sharks

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The final two minutes had plenty of drama. A shot by Brent Burns that clanked off the post. Another, 16 seconds later by Logan Couture, that appeared to beat Montreal goalie Carey Price before deflecting away off the knob of his stick.

Had either of those pucks crossed the goal line, the Sharks probably would have pulled at least a point out of Saturday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

But they didn't, San Jose would go on to lose 2-0, and now the Sharks likely have no margin of error if they are to keep alive their decade-long streak of making the playoffs.

"Yeah, we really do," Couture said when asked if the Sharks now need to run the table in their final 10 games. "We're not going to quit. We're going to compete until the very end and see what happens then."

Coach Todd McLellan wouldn't go that far -- "I'm not very good at math, so I'm not doing it," was his response to a question about his team's dire predicament. But with 10 games left, the Sharks can attain a maximum 98 points and it could take that many to qualify in the competitive Western Conference.


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Capgeek’s Matthew Wuest Knew What Others Did Not

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

Finally, like everyone else in the hockey community, I was saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Capgeek founder Matthew Wuest. I had some contact with Matt over the years, and it was always a pleasant and professional experience.

One quick story – back in the 2012 offseason at the NHL draft in Pittsburgh, I asked the Sharks front office if they had discussions yet on extending Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who was a pending unrestricted free agent the next summer. I was told that Vlasic was set to be a restricted free agent – not unrestricted.

That was contrary to what Capgeek had, so I let Matthew know that it was wrong.

Turned out, of course, that Capgeek was right. Vlasic was set to become an unrestricted free agent the next offseason due to his seven years of NHL experience, and a few weeks later on July 11, he signed a long contract extension with San Jose.

Perhaps Capgeek was informative to more than just hockey writers and fans.

more Sharks notes...

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Video- Bob McKenzie And Mike Milbury Discuss The San Jose Sharks

via Chris Abraham's YouTube page,


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