It wasn’t that long ago, when the Sharks were in a month-long tailspin that cast the playoffs in doubt, that many were wondering whether Todd McLellan would survive the season. But the Sharks recovered, and even though the season ended with the usual postseason heartbreak, McLellan showed enough to earn the trust of GM Doug Wilson.
The Sharks extended their head coach’s contract on Tuesday. Details weren’t disclosed. Here’s more from BANG:
Wilson confirmed after the Sharks’ season ended that McLellan would be back in the fall and that he would not make any changes to the coaching staff, which includes associate coach Larry Robinson and assistants Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft.
“I think they’ve done an excellent job,” Wilson said May 30 of the coaching staff. “All of the components of it. Larry and Jimmy coming in, it makes us a complete staff that not only allows us to play the way we want to play today, it helps the younger players get ready to play.”
McLellan saved his job and the Sharks’ season when he moved Joe Pavelski to the third line and switched defenseman Brent Burns to forward in March. The decisions paid instant dividends. Burns provided an instant scoring punch, which the Sharks were sorely lacking at the time, and Pavelski provided an initiated offense on a stagnant third line. And the Sharks never looked back.
Under McLellan, the Sharks have a 220-108-48 record. The team’s also won three Pacific Division titles and made the Western Conference Finals in 2010 and 2011.