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Video Evening Line- Todd McLellan

After the LA Kings lost to Chicago 5-1 tonight.

 

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Morning Line- Todd McLellan

Head coach Todd McLellan of the LA Kings after an 8-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

 

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Todd McLellan Is The New Head Coach Of The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES – The LA Kings have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract for Todd McLellan to serve as the club's new head coach, it was announced today by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

McLellan, 51 (born October 3, 1967), born in Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada, is the 29th head coach in club history, and he comes with a wealth of experience as a head coach in the NHL, having already logged 11 seasons of head coaching experience in both Edmonton (three-plus seasons with the Oilers) and San Jose (seven seasons with the Sharks). He has also won at the highest levels in the game (Stanley Cup Champion as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008).

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Report- Todd McLellan Could Be The Next Coach For The LA Kings

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Todd McLellan Out In Edmonton, Replaced By Ken Hitchcock

 

added 12:00pm, Edmonton press release is below.

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Time To Replace Todd McLellan In Edmonton

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

...we’ve now seen McLellan’s work for 3.25, we’ve had plenty of time to judge his coaching and he’s had plenty of time to prove himself as a coach, and it’s evident that a change is now needed.

Why?...

In his last four years as an NHL coach, McLellan has made the playoffs once. He’s not on track to guide the Oilers to the playoff this year, so that would be just one playoff spot in five years. At the same time, this is a team with Connor McDavid in his fourth NHL season, and other talented players in their prime, namely Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson and Darnell Nurse. This is a team that should make the playoffs. If that’s going to happen, they can’t get in any deeper hole. They’ve got to move up fast and they’ve got to do it pronto. After 3.25 seasons, McLellan has had his chance with this roster.

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A Vote Of Confidence For Todd McLellan

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

If any organization should have it figured out by now, it is the Edmonton Oilers. Firing the coach at the first sign of disappointment is not a long-term solution, and general manager Peter Chiarelli said as much Sunday evening.

“I have no intentions of firing Todd (McLellan). I want to work with the coach, and I think he’s a very good coach,” Chiarelli said over the phone from Nashville. “As far as Todd goes, and (his staff), I am not considering firing them. At this point we’re going to solve it together.”

The Oilers season has been an abject disappointment, but it is the team’s ongoing search for rock bottom that is most disconcerting. The Oilers pulled their record up to .500 just before Christmas, but have lost six of seven games since, outscored 28-10 in those games.

Right now they’re barely competitive, outscored 20-4 in their past five games.

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Afternoon Line- Todd McLellan

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Video- Todd McLellan Tells It Like It Is After A Bad Game From The Edmonton Oilers

Todd McLellan post-game after a 6-2 home loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

 

 

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Oilers will name a captain prior to start of 16-17 season

From EdmontonOilers.com's Chris Westcott:

The Oilers went through the 2015-16 season without a player wearing the “C” on their chest. They instead elected to go with multiple alternate captains, including Andrew Ference, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Matt Hendricks was among a few other players to don the “A” at various points of the season.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan confirmed with the media on Wednesday at the Mark Spector Golf Classic that the club will have a captain on opening night, when the team hosts Calgary on October 12.

“Will we have a captain? Yeah, we will,” said McLellan.

When pressed on who it might be, McLellan simply repeated himself.

“We will have a captain.”

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Oilers coach Todd McLellan fumes after loss to Flames

Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan had some strong words to share after the Oilers' 5-0 loss to Calgary on Saturday night:

 

Reporter: "After an embarrassing and humiliating result, and to what extent, given the circumstances, to what extent are you concerned that it might be replicated in a game on Wednesday that the fans are coming to celebrate?"

Todd McLellan: "Well, I'll answer the first part of your question: I don't know if there's a number big enough or how to describe how disappointing that result is. We've been together for 200 days, and, um, talked a lot about competing, and working hard, and holding your hand, and showing up, and we get that. And that's the exact kind of crap we're trying to eradicate from this group.

"So you work hard, you climb and you climb and you at least get some foundation and you give it all back in one night. And we were out-shot, we were out-hit, out-scored, we were out-faceoffed, out penalty-killed, our shift length was terrible, they played four games in six nights and we're going to go for 55-second shifts?"

"We turned a puck over 1:10 into a shift and cheated on a change...We had a change for a center that happened to be two zones away...I don't know how it could happen."

"I guess when you sum it all up like that, that's really disappointing, isn't it? And that's the exact attitude and bullshit that we're trying to eliminate here. And we see it after 200 days. Disappointing...But at least the good news is we know where to go and practice, because we've got to establish a work ethic this week."

Reporter: "And how important is it for this team to give--this town--a game to celebrate..."

McLellan: "Well It's damn important, after that crap? Damn, damn important that there's an effort. Forget about the win and the loss, but just the effort. That's frickin' embarrassing."

"That pretty much sums it up, eh, we can go now..."

Reporter: "What do you have planned for practice?"

McLellan: "Well, unfortunately we have another, uh, a, Players' Association day. They took it today, I guess they'll get back-to-back days, but we'll work on Monday. Goodnight."

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Video- Todd McLellan On The Edmonton Oilers Power Play

After the Oilers 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.

 

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Video- A Mentality Change Needed In Edmonton

via Sportsnet,

Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan talks about the Oilers play and once again being out of the playoff race.

 

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Video- Todd McLellan Post-Game After The Edmonton Oilers 4-1 Loss To The Ottawa Senators

Todd McLellan not happy with the play of the Edmonton Oilers.  He talks about it post-game...

 

 

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Oilers lose Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ‘long-term’ due to hand injury

From Sportsnet's Scott Lewis:

The Edmonton Oilers‘ win over the Florida Panthers Monday did not come without a loss.

Centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins suffered a significant hand injury and will be out of the lineup long-term, head coach Todd McLellan announced following the game.

Nugent-Hopkins left the game in the second period and did not return.

The 22-year-old has eight goals and 22 assists in 46 games this season.

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Video- Todd McLellan’s History In Swift Current

via Hometown Hockey,

Saskatchewan born, Todd McLellan was just 26 when he moved to Swift Current to take over as bench boss of the Broncos.   Two years later, he had steered the team to a 44-23 and 5 record and won the WHL Executive of the year.  McLellan reflects on his time with the team and the community.

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Todd McLellan Says Some Oilers Are Underperforming

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

McLellan didn’t specifically call out Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins by name, but it doesn’t take much more than a glance at the scoresheets to figure out whom he was referencing.

The Oilers limped back to Edmonton with a 1-3-1 record on their Eastern Conference excursion. They managed just two goals against two teams buried at the bottom of the standings - Carolina and Toronto - including Monday’s lifeless shutout loss to Sparks.

“When I look at this trip as a whole, we had some key, key people really underperform on the trip,” McLellan told reporters. “Significant minus numbers, not hitting the score sheet. It can’t always be [the top line] that provides that.”

Eberle, 25, has been invisible since returning from injury on Nov. 6. He went without a point in five games and was a staggering minus-8 on the trip.

Nugent-Hopkins, 22, did help generate two of the Oilers’ six goals on the trip with two assists. But he didn’t score a goal and was also minus-8 on the road swing.

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Todd McLellan to be named ‘Team North America Youngstars’ coach today

From ESPN's Craig Custance:

Update: The NHL confirms via a press release:

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Wyshynski posits a superb profile of Connor McDavid

From Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski:

[Connor] McDavid hates losing.

Hates it. Which is a problem when you’re drafted to a team that, well, loses a lot.

They lost again on opening night in front of all those fans in all those McDavid jerseys, 4-2 to the St. Louis Blues. The power play sucked, going 0-for-5, to the point where coach Todd McLellan blamed it for the loss. McDavid played nearly five minutes with the man advantage, more than any forward outside of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but ended the game with no shots on goal and only three shot attempts.

“It’s obviously disappointing. We needed it to come up big tonight, and it didn’t again, so it’s something we gotta work on,” said McDavid after the game.

His voice barely rose from a whisper in the Oilers’ locker room, and he wore the disappointment on his face. The fans came to see the Connor McDavid Show, and it was postponed: no points, no shots and a game-worst minus-3.

His coach pulled as many positives as he could.

“Against a heavy, strong, well-prepared defensive team, I saw him skating through the neutral zone with more pace and speed, creating some opportunities. Unfortunately for us, that line was on the ice for some goals against,” said McLellan. “He’s getting better every night. I don’t know how much pressure he’s feeling. I think I do. But I don’t really know how much he’s carrying with him. I’m sure that he feels that a large chunk of our 0-4 record falls on his shoulders.”

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Building the Oilers, on and off the ice

From ESPN's Craig Custance:

Completion of the new arena going up in Edmonton is still more than 300 days away, but there's a level of activity going on right now that suggests opening night is barreling in frantically.

Everywhere you look, there is someone hard at work: a guy rolling paint on a wall, sparks flying as someone else works near a giant metal beam, guys spraying purple insulation on the outside, others muscling their way through a job with handsaws. A smashed can of drained energy drink lies on the floor, giving the impression that some arena construction worker downed it, smashed it and got back to work.

It's all starting to take shape at this mammoth, state-of-the-art arena.

"This is Peter's office," says a guide giving a tour of Rogers Place, the Edmonton Oilers future home starting next season, replacing the aged Rexall Place. "This is Todd's office."

The future workplace of Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Todd McLellan are nothing more than studded-out walls, but at this relentless construction pace, there will be drywall and family photos up before the tour is completed.

It's remarkable, really: the pace. The plans. The vision of Oilers owner Daryl Katz. The giant oval dressing room. The attached practice rink. The parking for players and staff that will go under the ice. The 25 acres of land in downtown Edmonton being transformed into the Ice District at just about the same time the team is supposed to be transformed from an annual loser into one that can do great things.

The off-ice plan looks flawless.

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It’s Todd McLellan’s Way In Edmonton

from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

Front and centre was another newcomer, head coach Todd McLellan, who was the story of the day from this perspective. He took charge of today’s proceedings right from the get go with a commanding presence that had the full attention of every player on the ice. Within moments of the first detailed drill, his whistle shrilled. “THERE IS NO GLIDE!” the coach barked. “Your feet are MOVING.” He went on to detail how he wanted players to be hitting the blue line, the red line, and the far blue line: with pistons churning. He said it loud enough that not only did every player on the ice get the message, so did every one of the interested observers who packed that opening session at Leduc Recreation Centre — including yours truly, who finally won a lottery if not the lottery.

While all eyes including mine were on McDavid for long stretches, my ears kept getting drawn back to McLellan, whose message was delivered loud, clear, and (at times) profane. “F***ing go get the puck! We’re not quitting on it!” he hollered at Nail Yakupov at one point, after the winger (who had an excellent day overall) didn’t show quite enough exuberance chasing down a puck skittering down the wall after a couple of failed cycles. It was that point of a drill that attackers usually run out of chances, but McLellan wanted the powerplay groups to pursue and pursue and pursue until the puck was either cleared, frozen, or in the net. After that outburst he urged the attacking unit to “get it back! get it back!” every time a rebound skipped into open ice without any further need to address an individual player, none of whom wanted to be the brunt of the next barrage. All pucks were diligently pursued right to the whistle.

McLellan further cleared his throat in the second half, this time during a dual purpose PP vs. PK drill. After a ragged opening drill the whistle blew hard and the coach commanded his charges to “stop where you are and listen”. He then fired off a fusillade of F-bombs as he addressed where he wanted each player to be: a PP quarterback on the puck deep in his own zone, an outlet pass receiver on each boards, two penalty killers hovering just outside the blueline. That drill magically took shape in no time flat after that.

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Afternoon Line- Todd McLellan On Joe Thornton

 

Anyone care to read between the lines?

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Video- All Todd McLellan

via Sportsnet,

Gene Principe sat down with new Oilers head coach Todd McLellan to talk about everything from Connor McDavid to goaltending to the high expectations of Edmonton’s patient fans.

 

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Oh boy, off-season power rankings!

I have little time for power rankings, but for those of you who are interested in such lists, Sportsnet's Luke Fox penned a list of rankings based upon NHL teams' offseason moves or the lack thereof:

1. Edmonton Oilers: Any off-season that begins with Connor McDavid should be half decent. But it's what happened before the draft (but after the lottery) — securing a bona fide GM in Peter Chiarelli and head coach in Todd McLellan — that should give the Oilers faithful the most hope. Chiarelli wasted no time addressing the team's weaknesses in net (Cam Talbot) and along the blueline (Andrej Sekera). Mark Letestu is a wise depth signing, and playing hardball with Justin Schultz shows the new-look Oilers are to be taken seriously. Also: Their new alternate sweaters look sick.

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2. Dallas Stars: Trader Jim went after it again, this time landing Patrick Sharp from the Blackhawks, goalie Antti Niemi from San Jose, and inking Johnny Oduya in free agency. An already loaded offence just got scarier. “We have as good a team on paper as anybody in the league," says Tyler Seguin.

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3. Buffalo Sabres: Landing franchise pivot Jack Eichel in the draft immediately puts the Sabres in the upper ranks here, but the trades for Robin Lehner and Ryan O'Reilly have instilled faith that GM Tim Murray — aggressive in pursuit of his targets even if he doesn't always land them (McDavid, Babcock) — is rebuilding the right way. Nice opportunity for Dan Bylsma to get his coaching career back on track with low expectations.

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20. Detroit Red Wings: Bad news: Try as they did, the Red Wings lost Mike Babcock. Good news: They had coach Jeff Blashill waiting in the, er, wings (sorry). Re-signing Gustav Nyquist for a fair price and hiring help from veterans Mike Green (too expensive at $6 million per season) and Brad Richards shows fans that the playoff aspirations won't die with Babcock's departure.

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It’s Official, Todd McLellan Named Head Coach Of The Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have appointed Todd McLellan as the club’s new Head Coach.  McLellan becomes the 14th Head Coach in Oilers franchise history.

Most recently, McLellan was the Head Coach of Team Canada at the 2015 World Hockey Championship, leading Canada to their first gold medal since 2007 with an undefeated record of 10-0 and an impressive 6-1 win over Team Russia in the gold medal final.

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Report- Todd McLellan Will Be Named Head Coach Of The Edmonton Oilers

from Sportsnet,

Todd McLellan will be the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, with a formal announcement from the organization expected sometime this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

It’s been a nice run of late for the beleaguered franchise who recently added former Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, not to mention winning the right to choose Connor McDavid with the first overall selection of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Latest On Todd McLellan And The Edmonton Oilers

I tweeted this while doing a bit of shopping and now that I am home, you can check it out yourself on KK.

 

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Is Todd McLellan A Fit With The Edmonton Oilers?

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Do you, Todd McLellan, take the Edmonton Oilers …

Do you, Edmonton Oilers, take Todd McLellan …

“I like to use analogies sometimes,” the head coach of Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship said in an exclusive interview with your correspondent here Monday.

“For me, this like dating and finding your wife. You know when you’ve found your wife. You don’t need to go on a whole bunch of dates with other people.

“If you’ve found a group which has met your criteria and you like what’s going on there and you know you’re going to be able to work with people, settle in and get to work.”

Was McLellan telegraphing his intentions?

The former head coach of the San Jose Sharks is aware of those back in Canada, and some here, who believe the Oilers are well down the road to making him their next head coach despite Mike Babcock having been given the month of May to prepare for his own June wedding.

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Todd McLellan Done In San Jose

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.”

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No Decision On Todd McLellan’s Future In San Jose

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."

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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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Todd McLellan Named Head Coach For Team Canada In World Championship

CALGARY, Alta. – Jim Nill, general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team, announced Tuesday that Todd McLellan (Melville, Sask./San Jose, NHL) will be Canada’s head coach at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, scheduled for May 1-17, 2015 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Peter DeBoer (Dunnville, Ont.), Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./Carolina, NHL) and Jay Woodcroft (Toronto, Ont./San Jose, NHL) will join McLellan behind the bench as assistant coaches.

“This is a coaching staff with extensive experience in the NHL and knowledge of the international game, as well,” said Nill. “As a management group we are excited to work with this staff, and look forward to building a roster and representing Canada in the Czech Republic next month.”

Nill is working with a management group comprised of George McPhee (Guelph, Ont.), Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Phoenix, NHL), Pat Verbeek (Sarnia, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL), Claude Loiselle (Ottawa, Ont.) and Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams.

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Simmons on the Franson trade, Burmistrov and Price for Hart

Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday hockey and/or sports-related notes, which mostly involve the Toronto Maple Leafs:

If you break down the Cody Franson-Mike Santorelli trade, it’s basically Franson for a late first-round pick and Santorelli for the prospect Brendan Leipsic. The Leafs had a very extensive book on Leipsic, partly because personnel man Mark Hunter had his London Knights play against him in the Memorial Cup. Leipsic is known for three things: 1) being small; 2) being ultra-competitive; 3) having ridiculous ‘he could stickhandle in a phone booth’ hands...

Coaches that interest the Leafs: Still working division: Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan; Ken Hitchcock; Dave Tippett; Out of work division: Peter DeBoer. Seemingly no interest: Dan Bylsma...

The Leafs also have some interest in Alexander Burmistrov, the troubled high draft pick playing in the KHL, whose rights are owned by Winnipeg...

I'm intrigued by Burmistrov myself--he's 23 and liberally-listed at 6' and 179 pounds, and he hasn't exactly lit it up during two seasons with the Ak Bars Kazan, but he's still fleet-footed as all hell get out, and he could be somebody's next-year reclamation project.

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Audio/Video- Still No Identity For The San Jose Sharks

via Sportsnet,

San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan joined Hockey Central at Noon to talk about his team’s missing identity, improved leadership, and ugly loss to the league-leading Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

 

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Morning Line- Todd McLellan

"I'm concerned about our drive right now, the life that we bring to the rink and to the games,. I don't know if you want to call it passion, but just that internal drive per person isn't where it needs to be right now. And these are important games."

-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks after a 5-2 home loss to the New Jersey Devils. More from David Pollak of the Mercury News.

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Simmons: The Leafs’ management whiffed on the comparative coach-hiring process

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notebook is quite good, and it includes another take on Phil Kessel's worth, a note about the "analytics department" teams' coaching records (with an emphasis on "coaches," plural), and a great quip from Randy Carlyle about the coach-critiquing business, but given Carlyle's status and the Maple Leafs' desire to hire a head coach after this season, this seems like the most appropriate place to start:

[Mike] Babcock is a pending free agent who wants big money and a big opportunity to win wherever he ends up coaching next hockey season — assuming he leaves Detroit, which isn’t in any way certain.

The Leafs can offer up money. They can’t guarantee contender status.

That leaves the Leafs open to playing a different waiting game of sorts. Rather than wait for the available free agent, they will monitor the list of those who potentially could be out of work at season’s end.

High on their list of candidates are Todd McLellan in San Jose and Dave Tippett in Arizona. Should either of those coaches be let go, the Leafs would likely act quickly. The same is certainly true in St. Louis, should Ken Hitchcock’s Blues be eliminated again in the first round of the playoffs and a change be made there. And the least likely candidate is Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim, a Leafs lover who has had a history of terrific regular seasons and not-so-terrific post seasons.

This much is obvious: The Leafs had little interest in Barry Trotz and Peter Laviolette, who have gone into Washington and Nashville and made an immediate impact. The internal belief was Randy Carlyle was equal to, if not better than, either of those coaches.

Should the Caps and Predators qualify for the post-season and the Leafs fall short, that decision by club president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Dave Nonis will have proven, if it hasn’t already, to be incorrect.

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Morning Line- Todd McLellan

"There's some high-end players on our team that really have to pick it up, and there's also some role players that have to pick it up. We all have to grow as a group, and we have to get better in a lot of areas if we expect to compete against teams like St. Louis."

-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks, after a 7-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.  More on the game from David Pollak of the Mercury News.

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San Jose Sharks May Have To Fire Todd McLellan

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The San Jose Sharks lost their fourth straight game Wednesday – this one, a feeble 2-0 defeat at home to the Flames – which meant the heat on San Jose head coach Todd McLellan is only going to increase. And with the franchise falling back in the pack in the Western Conference (their 10-10-4 record has them fifth in the Pacific Division and 10th in the West), McLellan’s six-year tenure behind the Sharks bench could be at an end.

San Jose’s players had already spoken out in support of McLellan prior to Wednesday’s loss, yet in spite of that and Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s well-earned reputation as a man who doesn’t make rash decisions, he may have little choice but to fire his coach and continue the process of remaking this team in a newer, more playoff-productive mold. McLellan is a highly-respected coach whose services likely would be snapped up in short order, but his current team has dropped seven of its past nine games and its most recent five losses haven’t come at the hands of a murderer’s row of opponents (Columbus, Buffalo, Florida, Arizona and the Flames).

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Morning Line- Todd McLellan

“We’re pleased that we got the point. Obviously it didn’t look too good with 30 seconds left, so we’ll take the point. Would have preferred two. Find a way to get one in the shootout, but when we look at the game. . .

“We get scored on in the first 30 seconds and the first shot coming home from that road trip, we could have responded differently. At least we responded positively. I thought we found our game after that.

“We’re pretty good through about 36 minutes, and then they scored and I thought after that, well into the third period, we were kind of on our heels. Maybe the fear of losing crept in a little bit. Got desperate at the end and scored.”

-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers at home.  More from McLellan from David Pollak of Working The Corners.

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All Todd McLellan

from David Pollak of Working The Corners,

Q: I won’t pretend to know exactly what goes on in the room, but there are outward signs the Sharks weren’t one big happy family last spring, what with talk of being co-workers, not teammates. Is there a rift?

(McLellan) “I think when people speak, you have to listen and Doug has listened. . . . When I hear comments such as we were co-workers, not teammates, if I’m a player and I sat within 10 feet of these individuals throughout the year, I’m mad.

“I think it takes a lot more courage to speak to your teammates when you’re in the locker room and try and fix things than to stand after in a closed room without any teammates around and go that route.

“My issue isn’t necessarily with Patrick and Jumbo as ‘C’ and ‘A.’ We’re forcing some individuals that have these opinions to step up and show us. We’re kind of telling them, go ahead, repair things.

Unfortunately, the focal point is on Joe and Patty. They suffer from being that focal point. But for me, a lot is on a lot of other players.

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San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan talks about the Sharks’ ‘rebuild’

NHL.com's Dan Rosen asked San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan 5 questions, and the first one got right to the heart of the "rebuilding" matter:

People are curious about what's going on in San Jose when Doug Wilson brings up the term rebuild. Can you explain the philosophy regarding what this offseason is about for the Sharks?

"We want to reset the hierarchy and culture in the organization, and that's really where the term rebuild came from. We feel we have a tremendous talent pool. We feel the players that are with our organization are part of the solution and not the problem now. As a staff, we talked about the ability to push and win as much as we can while we get younger, while we adjust the roles a little bit and give some of the younger players more responsibility. The term or the word used like that can be confusing at times. I think a lot of people, especially in the media, immediately went to, 'Well, they're going to trade Thornton and Marleau.' That's not the case. We believe that those two are part of the solution, not part of the problem. That got a lot of play media-wise. That's not what we were about. We think we have a very good hockey club and we think we need to tinker with a few things and continue to push forward."

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Simmons: Had San Jose cut ties with Todd McLellan, Toronto would’ve come calling

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons goes over his usual wide array of topics in this Sunday's column, but his "lede" involves a suggestion that the San Jose Sharks' decision to retain Todd McLellan's services prevented the new Atlantic Division from including a trio of current or former members of the Red Wings' coaching staff behind its teams' benches:

At least four NHL teams, two not necessarily looking to replace their coach, were prepared to make a pitch to McLellan, had he been made available.

One of those teams is believed to be the Maple Leafs, who have been silent on Randy Carlyle’s status since their season ended and Brendan Shanahan was anointed as team president.

And at the same time, had Carlyle been let loose by the Leafs, there were two other teams interested in hiring him to coach.

Now, with McLellan probably staying in San Jose, the likelihood is the Leafs won’t wait long to confirm that Carlyle will return in his position as coach: He has one year left on his contract.

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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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Todd McLellan Not Happy With Another Controversial Goal

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

“We’ve played 44 games,” he said. “I go back to the Buffalo blown call in overtime, I go back to the blown call in Winnipeg, I go to one in Minnesota and I go to the one tonight. That’s one in every 11 games.

“I understand mistakes because I make a lot of them behind the bench,” he continued. “But when you get an explanation from a group of people and it didn’t happen, it’s disappointing. It really is disappointing.

“There’s also protocol to follow in our league and that protocol is you get together and you discuss it and that didn’t happen either. Obviously I’m not very happy with it.”

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Morning Line

“Tonight, if I had a red flag, I would have thrown it as far as I could. I think that’s a good case for that type of situation. I’m sure everybody had a chance to watch it again, and I think the official knows he erred on it. We’ll leave it at that.”

-San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan on an interference penalty given to Justin Braun.  More from David Pollak of Working the Corners.

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McLellan Staying In San Jose

from TSN,

The San Jose Sharks have extended the contract of head coach Todd McLellan.

Since being named the Sharks head coach on June 12, 2008, the 45-year-old McLellan has posted a 220-108-48 record. During that span, the Sharks have captured a Presidents' Trophy (2009), three Pacific Division titles and made back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Final (2010, 2011).

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Morning Line

“I think everybody needs to be concerned about the performance of the team – players, coaches, trainers, managers. We’re all in it together.  When you start pointing fingers at one individual, there’s three pointing back at you.”

”Let’s all clean up what we do, whether we’re a coach or a player, and perform to our abilities.”

-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks after a 4-1 loss to Chicago last night.  More on the Sharks from David Pollack of Working the Corners.

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McLellan Improving But Still Dealing With Concussion Symptoms

from David Pollak of Working The Corners,

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said today that he continues to deal with concussion symptoms almost a week after being whacked on the head by an errant hockey stick during a game in Minnesota.

“There’s times I feel really good, and then a lot of motion and movement makes it hard for one to focus a little bit,” McLellan said, “but I am getting better every day.”

It was the first time McLellan has talked about the experience that has caused him to miss two games behind the bench. His status for tonight’s contest against the St. Louis Blues is uncertain, though the coach said he expected to return to his role “very soon, very soon.”

McLellan also said he had a better appreciation of what players go through when they deal with head injuries.

“I was one of those guys that stated we probably all played with them and we’ve all had them in the past,” he said, “but until you really get cracked and feel the way I’ve felt over the last five or six days, you tend to lose that opinion quickly.”

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Update On The Health Of Todd McLellan

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson today released the following statement:

“Todd continues to make progress in his recovery from the stick incident in Minnesota on Sunday evening but is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms.  Thus, he will not be behind the bench until cleared by doctors to resume his coaching duties, beginning with tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.  While Todd will continue to provide his input on the team, we have full confidence in the abilities of Assistant Coaches Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcroft to lead the team in Todd’s absence.

“Our main concern at this point is for Todd’s full and complete recovery.”

The Sharks will have no further comment on this matter.

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