The San Jose Sharks came within one game of making it to the Western Conference Finals this season. They needed to make sure that they kept their coach around, all reports indicate that the team has signed Todd McLellan to a new deal. It is the best thing that the team could do even if they didn’t make it to the Stanley Cup finals.
I think the players in San Jose have an undying respect for McLellan behind the bench, and that can’t be discounted no matter what. If the players don’t want a coach around, they will find a way to have them removed. I don’t see that being the case with the Sharks and McLellan. He is only 45-years old and has a long career still ahead of him, and there is still going to be a core of players on the roster that could lead this team to big things in the future like Antti Niemi and Joe Thornton.
I believe that the Sharks will win a title under McLellan one day. It may not be this year or even next year, but it is going to happen. The signing could turn into one of those under-the-radar moves that people don’t look at much that works out very well.
It will be up to the players to make sure that San Jose made the right decision with their coach. They got a real good one with McLellan, who has the fire to get things done.