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Oilers hire McLellan assistants Woodcroft and Johnson for coaching staff

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EDMONTON - Todd McLellan's former San Jose Sharks assistants are joining him with the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers announced on Thursday they've hired McLellan's longtime right-hand man Jay Woodcroft along with Jim Johnson for his staff.

Woodcroft went from Detroit to San Jose with McLellan, worked under him since 2008, and assisted him for Canada at this year's world championships.

Johnson spent the past three seasons working under McLellan with the Sharks after serving as an assistant coach for the Washington Capitals.

Woodcroft and Johnson replace Keith Action and Craig Ramsay, who were fired earlier this month.

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