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McLellan will not be hired as Sabres coach; Kings have interest: report

Buffalo needs replacement for Housley; Los Angeles moved on from Desjardins @NHLdotcom

Todd McLellan is no longer a candidate to become coach of the Buffalo Sabres, TSN reported Friday.

The report said McLellan remains a candidate to become coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

The Sabres fired coach Phil Housley after they missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season since he was hired June 15, 2017.

The Kings fired coach Willie Desjardins after they missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

Buffalo (33-39-10) finished 22 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. It was an eight-win improvement from Housley's first season (25-45-12), when the Sabres finished last in the NHL standings.

Los Angeles (31-42-9) hired Desjardins to replaced John Stevens on Nov. 4 after starting 4-8-1.

McLellan was 434-282-90 in 11 seasons with the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers. He was fired by the Oilers on Nov. 20 after going 9-10-1 in the first 20 games of his fourth season with them.

His teams have reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs seven times, including six of his first seven seasons with the Sharks. McLellan is 37-38 in 75 playoff games.

Tweet from @TSNHockey: THE SEARCH CONTINUES: Todd McLellan is no longer a consideration for head coach of the Buffalo #Sabres and the expectation is he may be the next coach of the L.A. Kings (via @TSNBobMcKenzie)...More: #TSNHockey

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