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by Paul on 04/22/12 at 10:53 PM ET
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News at Inside Bay Area,
Specifically, the magnifying glass will first be focused on Doug Wilson, the Sharks’ general manager and vice-president. The secondary scrutiny will be on Todd McLellan, hired as the Sharks’ head coach by Wilson in 2008.
Wilson made several bold trades last offseason, then made a couple more during the season. None had the expected result of turning the Sharks into a better team. So will either man lose his job after such a disappointing season?
Not likely. McLellan’s coaching status depends on Wilson. And there is no way Wilson would fire McLellan. The two are joined at the philosophical hockey hip. They may not always agree on every personnel move. But they agree on how the game should be played. If Wilson was ordered by ownership to fire McLellan, Wilson might quit himself.
Plus, McLellan hardly can be called a loser. Given a roster with so many new faces,
McLellan admitted late Saturday night that the team struggled to mesh. But he still guided the Sharks out of a midseason abyss into a playoff spot. And in the larger scheme, since McLellan joined the Sharks, he has accumulated the most regular season victories by any coach in his first four NHL seasons (194).
So if you assume Wilson stays, then you must assume McLellan stays. And it would seem Wilson’s status is safe for a rather quirky reason: It is not actually clear who does his performance review.
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