Entering tonight, Todd McLellan is sitting on 299 career wins. Upon reaching 300, he will be the second-fastest head coach in NHL history to achieve the milestone. If it happens tonight - it will have taken him 513 games - all with the Sharks.
In a second, I'll tell you what a GREAT job he DOES. But first I want to tell you about the DEMANDING job he HAS.
Coaching at the NHL level is the ultimate time-consuming profession. Spending every last minute of your day thinking and working on ways to make your team better. While brushing your teeth. While at the dinner table. While on the drive to work. Coming to the rink before everyone else, and leaving long after most of the players are gone. These are the things the general public does not see. The Head Coach never gets to lace up the skates, rarely gets credit for putting the right lineup out there, but often takes the blame for what negatives happen on the ice... go figure.
I have observed Todd operate for the last 6 seasons. I know if I were in the NHL - he's the kind of coach I'd want to play for. Prepared. Intellectual. Motivational. Approachable. On or off the record, I've never had a player even hint to me, a single bad thing about McLellan. He comes from a tremendous coaching background (experience with Mike Babcock in Detroit), and quite honestly - it shows.
The Bay Area is very lucky right now to have some exceptional leaders. Look what Bruce Bochy has done with the San Francisco Giants. Or what Steve Kerr is doing with the Golden State Warriors. Bob Melvin has defied expectations with the Oakland Athletics. And when you consider the body of work by Todd McLellan's teams... they're still fighting for the ultimate prize, yes. But they also win a LOT more than they lose. No wonder he is the second-longest tenured Head Coach/Manager in the Bay Area.