SHARE
Stanley Cup Final

Sharks confirm McLellan will return as coach

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 6:55 PM / News

NHL.com

Share with your Friends


Sharks confirm McLellan will return as coach
Todd McLellan will be back for his fifth season as coach of the San Jose Sharks.

Todd McLellan will be back for his fifth season as coach of the San Jose Sharks.

General manager Doug Wilson has officially announced Monday that McLellan will be behind the bench for the 2012-13 season. Wilson had said McLellan and his coaching staff were still being evaluated shortly after the Sharks lost to St. Louis in five games in their first-round playoff series.

The Sharks finished second in the Pacific Division and seventh in the West this past season after winning the division under McLellan in each of the previous three seasons and advancing to the conference finals in 2010 and 2011. San Jose’s 96 points represented the franchise’s worst season since 2002-03, when the Sharks had just 73 points and missed the playoffs.

Wilson said the major change he wanted from the team was going from one that was "passive and reactive" to one that would be "aggressive and proactive" next season.

McLellan said he may make some changes to his staff and has a list of potential assistants he wanted to talk to.

Quote of the Day

That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4