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“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.
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.”
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.
The San Jose Sharks received a scare early in the second period against Minnesota on Sunday, when coach Todd McLellan collapsed behind the bench after being struck in the head by a stick.
Officials blew play dead at 17:45, seconds after Minnesota’s Nick Schultz tied the game 2-2 at the Xcel Energy Center. In-game cameras missed the incident, but Sharks players surrounded the bench as medical and arena personnel helped McLellan to his feet and into the locker room. A stretcher was wheeled over to the bench, but was not needed.
McLellan was evaluated by doctors and is still under observation, but is alert and responsive. He will remain at the arena and watch the game from the Sharks’ locker room.
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from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,
Coaches are hired to be fired, or so goes the blunt cliche of big-time sports. The Sharks’ Todd McLellan, though, is one coach who doesn’t buy it.
“If a team is taking that approach, then they shouldn’t hire the guy in the first place,” he said. “I wouldn’t have married my wife if I knew I was going to divorce her eventually, and I wouldn’t hire staff if I knew I was going to have to release them at some point. That makes no sense.”
But the reality is pink slips are as much a part of the coaching profession as whistles. And in hockey, the shelf life of the guys behind the bench can be especially short. This season already has seen seven NHL coaches replaced.
This weekend, McLellan will be one of the All-Star game coaches. But just last month it appeared—at least from the outside—that McLellan’s coaching seat was getting warm enough to wonder if even he was in danger.
The Sharks, laden with their usual high expectations, have not been skating on smooth ice this season. They alternate between looking like a legitimate Stanley Cup contender and a team still finding its way.
That has put increased focus on McLella
Last week, Drew Remenda asked Todd McLellan some questions for Sports Night. The Sharks’ coach talked about the team’s offseason moves, last season, and his expectations for this season.
TM on acquiring Burns:
We really liked the opportunity, we jumped at it. He’s not only a short term fix for our team, given the fact that he can stay healthy, we believe that he can be a long term fix as well.
McLellan also detailed all the other nice things that are so evident about Burns: temperament, age, talent and size. The team was happy to get him. Burns is already making it clear why Wild fans were so attached to him. Fear the Fin did a nice piece on that. Yes, Coach, we like him too.
Q. Your team left nothing out there tonight, Todd. What do you say to them?
COACH McLELLAN: Well, again, we left them alone. They’re tired. They’re sore. They’re disappointed. All the feelings that go with losing a series and losing it that way.
We’ll talk when we get back. What will I tell them? Off the top of my head, I’ll tell them I’m proud of them. I thought they competed extremely hard. I’ll tell them I thought we were a better team than we were in the series.
We started to show it in the end of the series.
I’ll tell them we have a tough task ahead of us. First of all, we’re going to get healthy, we’re going to rest over the summer, we’re going to get our butts back to training camp where we’re going to work ourselves right back to this spot again, and we’ll make good on it next time.
Q. Todd, what is your point of emphasis for your team tonight?
COACH McLELLAN: Start. Play with some tempo. Puck placement. Composure.
Q. Changes to tonight’s line-up…
COACH McLELLAN: We’re still discussing them. We could shuffle things up a little bit.
From the Q&A session with coach Todd McLellan and Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks.
*today’s Canucks transcripts here.
Q. (No microphone.)
COACH McLELLAN: I thought that line wasn’t very sharp. It was a little sluggish, didn’t produce a lot. Not a direct reflection on Logan by any means, because there were three of them there. But they can be better.
Q. Joe Thornton is always the center of the attention. He’s been criticized for his playoff performances in the past. Can you talk about his performance in this year’s playoff?
COACH McLELLAN: I’ll go backwards and start from last year. Last year I thought he showed good signs of growth, the ability to lead the team. As a result, when we were looking at our vacant captaincy, he proved to us last year he was a deserving candidate. We picked him.
Throughout the year he’s had an excellent season. Many will say his numbers are down, which they obviously are. But ultimately I think the results are up when you look at his play. That may sound strange, but I truly believe he’s come a long way. His leadership ability in the locker room is very strong. I think he does it as much by example now on the ice as he does it verbally in the locker room. He’s come a long, long way.
“I told our guys today that you guys (in the media) have all done your work today. It’s finished. You’ve written one story and you’ve written another. Now all you to do is hit ‘send.’ And the two teams get to determine which story you send. We have the opportunity and the stage. The stage is ours. The stage is Detroit’s. Let’s get out there and play, and then allow you guys to hit your ‘send’ buttons.”
Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks. More on the Sharks after their skate today from Mark Emmons of Working the Corners at the Mercury News.
When you reflect back , Year One we were very much in the situation Vancouver is in. We were able to rest people, kind of glide into the playoffs and that didn’t work. Last year, we didn’t face adversity or that much of it until maybe the first round of the playoffs and our skin started to grow a little thicker then.
“This year we’ve had it all season. I remember telling you guys when we went through that slump that everybody said this would be real good for you and I said it wasn’t a lot of fun going through it at the time but maybe in retrospect it will be.
“We’ll never know until the end.”
-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks. More on the Sharks from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
“If we leave here patting ourselves on the back, we’ve got huge problems. I was really disappointed in our group. The lack of drive and passion to come out and play was the last thing I expected.
“We need to find a way to start bringing it. And if we don’t, we’ll be digging our own grave.”
-Todd McLellan, coach of the San Jose Sharks after the team came out slow against Phoenix but scored five unanswered goals to win 5-3. More on the game from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News.
“Let’s talk about the first period, we go back a couple days I sat in that locker room and I listened to a group of players and coaches talk about their team and how important starts are and how they were going to come prepared, and we get that, that’s pretty disappointing.”
“That sums up our game the first team that played the first period unacceptable, after that not a bad effort but way too late, it’s that simple.”
“When you’re sloppy defensively and you’re not committed defensively you usually don’t execute offensively.”
-San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan after being shutout by the Sabres 3-0. Quote is via John Vogl at Sabres Edge.
What now is to regroup and come back with the same effort. There’s really nothing else we can do. I was really happy with the way our team played to a man, whether it was from goaltender, D man, forwards. We made a few mistakes. They scored some goals. I thought it was a helluva game.
The reality is we’re down 3-0. Happened a week ago with two good teams playing and Philadelphia found a way to come back, so there’s something to draw in there. Plus the fact that we’ve been in this series I think for every minute. That’s got to leave us feeling good.
But we know we’re in a hole and we’ve got to dig our way out.
-San Jose Sharks Coach Todd McLellan after the game last night.
More from Todd…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
McLellan believed he was ready. He paid his dues. The Western Hockey League’s Coach of the Year in 2000, McLellan led the Houston Aeros to the AHL’s Calder Cup title in 2003 before his apprenticeship in Detroit.
Red Wings University is never a bad place to upgrade your skills.
“It’s like leaving high school and going to college. I got to go to Harvard,” McLellan told ESPN.com during a sit-down interview Wednesday. “The people around here, the tradition that exists, you’d walk into the coaches’ office after a game and it’s like the Hall of Fame, but they’re all there in person. To hear Scotty Bowman talk about his past, Stevie [Yzerman], Pat Verbeek, Mr. Howe, Mr. Lindsay, Mr. Delvecchio—they’re all around all the time. You can’t help but listen and learn. I was real fortunate that way.”
Wilson and McLellan had never met before they sat down for the interview in early June 2008. By then, the Sharks GM had spoken to 20 other candidates. It didn’t matter. Wilson was sold right then and there.
from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
When Todd McLellan accepted the coaching job with the San Jose Sharks in June 2008, he knew he’d have to beat the Detroit Red Wings in order to lead his new club to a Stanley Cup….
“I think most teams think that,” McLellan said after the morning skate when asked if the road to Lord Stanley goes through Detroit. “When they built their team at the beginning of the year, they probably think about Detroit and having to overcome and beat them at some point. We’ll see if we’ve done the right thing.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
So Merc columnist Mark Purdy and I both raised that same question today with different people — not because we thought a coach should be fired or would be fired as a result of San Jose’s six-game losing streak, but because there was indeed NHL precedent and you never know unless you ask.
Mark reached Doug Wilson back in San Jose and the GM’s response was succint: “Todd’s our coach. That’s it.”
Before leaving Edmonton, I went to team captain Rob Blake and asked his thoughts on the matter:
“No, no, no. Not even close,” Blake said. “We are the best prepared, most analyzed team by far in the league. We’ve got a system everybody wants to play. It’s on the players, 100 percent.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Like a lot of NHL teams these days, the San Jose Sharks are mindful more than ever of the importance of the paying customer. To that end, the Sharks annually put staff and players into the community, to hand-deliver season-ticket renewals prior to the start of training camp.
For Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan, the exercise had a secondary value beyond its public-relations value. It helped him put the finger on the pulse of what the average Sharks fan was thinking. And yes – all that anti-Joe Thornton, anti-Patty Marleau sentiment that swept the NHL in the aftermath of their opening-round upset playoff loss to the Anaheim Ducks was also deeply rooted in San Jose, the anti-Phoenix, one of the few markets in the NHL’s U.S. expansion that has been a success story right from the beginning.
“My pain individually is one-year pain,” said McLellan, who began his second season behind the Sharks’ bench Thursday night, by absorbing a painful 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. “For the fans and other people in the organization, it’s longer. So when you go out in the community, you can sense a frustration level. I think the lightning rods – fairly or unfairly – are always Marleau and Thornton. They’re the two best players on our hockey club, so that comes with the territory.
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“He played the fewest amount of games last year that he played in a long time, so I don’t know if he’s any better for it. I don’t’ know if we have to manage Nabby’s minutes. What we have to manage is the results and the effort. I’m not even sure if we have to manage that. He has to manage that.”
-Sharks Coach Todd McLellan on goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. More from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail:
San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy today, spent the three previous NHL seasons as an assistant coach under Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock.
The Wings coach acknowledged that he phoned McLellan on Thursday for advice on dealing the Ducks, who upset the Sharks in the first round. But Babcock would not divulge what sort of counsel he received from McLellan.
“Each team has five (to seven) players they rely on more than others. If our core can raise their game, we’ll be fine. The best players have to be the best players.”
“Right now, our character is being questioned and our job is to prove people wrong.”
-San Jose coach Todd McLellan. More on the Sharks at SanJoseSharks.com.
“There isn’t a guy in there that should be proud of their effort in the first 20 minutes. It starts with leadership. The coaches are the leaders. We have captains in the locker room that have to make sure they’re prepared to play. And everybody individually has to take some responsibility and it’s not there right now. It’s disappointing.”
-Sharks coach Todd McLellan after last night’s loss to the Coyotes. More from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
“We won finally and that’s a real good thing. We’ll take the win, but I’m disappointed in the way we carry ourselves. We’re a club that’s won a lot of hockey games for a reason. We should be playing with a lot of confidence. We’ve earned the opportunity to be confident and to play confident and make the right plays at the right time. But right now we’re fragile.
“Hopefully this gets us out of it. I’d like to see some guys step up and swing the bat. When the games on the line, they want to be up to bat, hit the single or the double that scores the winning run rathern than walking and getting to first.
“I want to see guys take the challenge on a little bit more.”
-Sharks coach Todd McLellan after defeating the Wild in OT last night. More on the Sharks from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
San Jose Head Coach Todd McLellan will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.
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from Jim Carlton of the Wall Street Journal,
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. McLellan looked at what he has accomplished and where he hopes to lead the Sharks, who have yet to win a Stanley Cup or even conference championship in their 17-year history in San Jose. Excerpts:
The Wall Street Journal: How much credit do you take in this winning record?
Mr. McLellan: I am a small piece. There are a number of other important people on the staff, and the most important people are the players. They are the ones who lay themselves on the line every night.
WSJ: How much different are you from your predecessor, Ron Wilson?
Mr. McLellan: When I got the job, I had a real good idea how I wanted the team to play. There were some changes in the way some of the players were utilized in the past. For example, we wanted the defensemen to be much more active, shooting the puck more.
from San Jose Magazine,
Last spring, the morning after the Detroit Red Wings—the team he was assistant coaching—won the highly coveted Stanley Cup, Todd McLellan called San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson to set up an interview for the head coach’s position. It was 6 a.m., and McLellan was running on only an hour of sleep after celebrating the Red Wings’ victory into the wee hours of the morning. Opportunity had struck, and he wasn’t going to waste a minute in advancing his career to the next level.
“It’s human nature for people to stay within their comfort zone,” he says of himself and the players he coaches. “I believe that the exceptional professional finds a way to elevate his way outside those limits.”
On Friday, SJSHARKS.com sat down with Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan to discuss his thoughts on the team as they hit the 20-game mark of the season.
It was stated in training camp that Joe Thornton was going to have to adjust with the new system and it seems that he has his line rounding into form and that he’s made the adjustment in style.
He’s done everything he’s been asked to do and I feel confident in what he’s doing. He’s backchecking, adjusted on the power play and trying to shoot the puck more. He’s also been a team leader.
Patrick Marleau has reemerged from a tough regular season last year. How proud of Patrick are you for turning it around?
I only know Patty from how I know him now. Stats wise he’s proven he is back. He is a great player and a better person. He’s being rewarded for his play and he’s smiling and enjoying the game.
Todd McLellan took part in a tele-donference today and Sharkspage has the transcript,
[Q] How do you go into facing the Detroit Red Wings for the first time Thursday? Have you talked with Mike (Babcock) at all about it?
[TM] We haven’t talked about the game in particular, we talk quite often about how the families are doing. The game in particular, we have not addressed it one bit. We will approach it like any other game. Head coaches will always tell you that. We are going to prepare for the things they do well, and they are going to counter against us. Probably more will be made out of it by the media than will be made out of it by the two coaches, because it will be just another night and we have to do the best we can do for our team.
Since 2005-06, the Sharks have failed to advance beyond the Conference semifinals, falling in six-game series to the Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars.
It was that postseason failure that forced general manager Doug Wilson to fire Ron Wilson as head coach, replacing him with Todd McLellan, who earned his spurs as an assistant coach with the defending Cup champion Red Wings.
McLellan’s first order of business will be to mold these playoff underachievers into the genuine contender they appear to be on paper. He’s had no previous head coaching experience in the NHL so it’ll be interesting to see if he can transfer the Cup-winning lessons he learned in Detroit to San Jose.
Wilson also addressed a long-time need for experienced puck-moving defensemen during the offseason by acquiring Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay and signing former L.A. Kings captain Rob Blake.
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 Mike Knobler at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Waddell said he will begin interviewing three or four candidates later this week and that two of them will be [John] Anderson, coach of the Thrashers’ top minor-league affiliate, and [Brad] McCrimmon, the Thrashers’ associate coach. [Todd] McLellan, an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings, was in San Jose on Monday interviewing for the Sharks job and will interview for the Thrashers job, too, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.
“He’s one of several people we’ve reached out to talk to,” Waddell said of McLellan, but there’s no guarantee he’s one of the ones who will have a face-to-face interview.
A coach will be in place before the NHL draft June 20-21, Waddell said.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Curtis Leschyshyn might be a little biased. After all, Todd McLellan — the Detroit Red Wings assistant who could become the Avalanche’s next coach — was in his wedding party.
The former Avalanche defenseman, though, can’t say enough good things about McLellan and what it would mean to the Avs if they get him.
“That would be a very wise decision by the Avalanche,” said Leschyshyn, who now is involved with the Littleton Youth Hockey Association. “He’s ready to coach in the National Hockey League. He’s a guy that didn’t ever jump into something he wasn’t prepared for. He’s made sure that, along the way, he learned and experienced what it was going to take to be successful. That’s why I think he’d be a tremendous guy for a team needing a coach.”
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Detroit assistant coach Todd McLellan came off the ice after the Red Wings’ game-morning skate Monday at the American Airlines Center and was about to step into the visiting dressing room when I, well, ambushed him.
I asked McLellan, in his third season with Detroit, if he would be interested in the Colorado coaching job, vacant since the Avalanche and Joel Quenneville parted ways Friday.
“I would be very interested,” McLellan, 40, said several hours before the Wings beat the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. “I think right now there are a number of young coaches who have come up from the American League and have done a good job, and I consider myself one of those.”