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Todd McLellan Will Find Work If Let Go In San Jose

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Todd McLellan may be the most hydrated coach in the NHL behind the San Jose Sharks’ bench because he always has a water bottle in his hands, taking healthy swigs throughout the game but on Wednesday night in game seven, there wasn’t enough aqua to cool the raging fire in his gut as the Sharks gassed a 3-0 series lead to the Los Angeles Kings.

Now the question is whether one of the game’s best coaches and best guys will pay for the lowest of low Sharks’ results–only the fourth team in NHL history to win the first three games and lose the next four. McLellan, one of the NHL’s sharpest coaching minds, in his sixth year in San Jose, would be out of work about 10 minutes. About as long as it might take Brendan Shanahan, the new Toronto Maple Leafs’ president, who used to play for McLellan in Detroit when McLellan was Mike Babcock’s right-hand man, to pick up the phone if Shanahan doesn’t want Randy Carlyle back as coach.

McLellan, who was hired in San Jose after the Wings’ Cup ride in 2008, is a heckuva coach. You would be hard-pressed to find anybody better, but hockey’s a playoff results-driven business. 

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What?... Brendan shanahan never played for McLellan lol.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 05/01/14 at 06:12 PM ET

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I’m still inclined to think that SJ keeps him. He has had enormous success in the regular season and to me the massive playoff failures that the Shats have experienced are more a result of the lack of leadership and discipline of the players on the ice than of the coach. The only thing that has me second guessing my view is that “we were cheated” horseshit that he went to the media with after game 6. That was defeatist and unprofessional and perhaps does indicate that the players are taking their cues from the coach.

Posted by godblender on 05/01/14 at 06:17 PM ET

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That was defeatist and unprofessional and perhaps does indicate that the players are taking their cues from the coach.

Posted by godblender on 05/01/14 at 06:17 PM ET

...although Joe Thornton was a whiny loser long before McLellan showed up on the scene.

Posted by godblender on 05/01/14 at 06:19 PM ET

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What?... Brendan shanahan never played for McLellan lol.

Shanahan played under Babcock and McLellan in the 2005-2006 season.  He put up 40 goals.  Had a heck of a year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005–06_Detroit_Red_Wings_season

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_McLellan

In 2005, Mike Babcock selected McLellan to serve as his assistant with the Detroit Red Wings. In Detroit, McLellan was tasked with handling the Red Wings’ forwards and managing the team’s power play, as well as reporting player performance to head coach Babcock. Under his watch, the Red Wings had the top-ranked power play in the NHL, finishing first in power play efficiency in 2005–06 and third in 2007–08.

Posted by Hank Scorpio on 05/01/14 at 06:35 PM ET

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..although Joe Thornton was a whiny loser long before McLellan showed up on the scene.

Along with Rosby and Captain Pork Chops.

Posted by bigfrog on 05/01/14 at 10:41 PM ET

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