A day after being named Team Canada’s coach for the upcoming World Hockey Championship, Todd McLellan could be parting ways with the San Jose Sharks.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Sharks and McLellan could agree to mutually part ways as early as today.
The Sharks have their locker cleanout day today followed by GM Doug Wilson’s media availability.
As David Pollak points out in his piece, McLellan has already hinted at a mutual parting.
“Our coaching staff will come under that review, but I have to do my own personal review too,” McLellan said after Saturday’s loss to the Kings. “I’m going to have my family together for the first time on Tuesday for a long time. My son will be back. We’ll get a chance to sit down and I’ll look at the impact that I think I’ve had and can have moving forward. We’ll go from there.”
Since guiding the Sharks to back-to-back Western Conference final appearances in 2009-10 and 2010-11, McLellan’s teams have failed to get out of the second round of the playoffs.
The Sharks mustered just one win in the two conference final appearances and have been bounced from the first round of the playoffs in three of McLellan’s seven seasons in the Bay Area.
This is season marks the first time the Sharks have missed the playoffs altogether under McLellan’s watch.
In total McLellan has a 311-163-66 regular season record with the Sharks.
The San Jose Sharks won’t be seeing Raffi Torres on the ice at the start of the new season.
The team announced Torres developed an infection in his surgically repaired right knee and had to have a procedure to remove the surgically implanted graft. Sharks GM Doug Wilson said there’s no timetable on his recovery.
“Raffi has started a rehabilitation phase, but will need to repeat the surgical procedure to repair the ACL damage suffered on Sept. 20, 2013,” Wilson said in the team’s press release. “We expect Raffi to return to the team during the 2014-15 season but no official timeline for his return is being set at this time.”
Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports Torres could miss as much as half of the season.
Torres originally suffered his injury during preseason last year. He tore the ACL in his right knee and missed most of the season. He played in five regular season games and all seven Sharks playoff games in the first round against Los Angeles. He averaged 10:22 of ice time per game making him primarily a fourth line player. After the injury he suffered, it made sense not to give him a ton of time.
The inevitable has happened in San Jose.
No, they haven’t made a franchise-altering trade – they’ve stripped Joe Thornton of his captaincy.
Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com shared the update from GM Doug Wilson and coach Todd McLellan. Instead of Thornton wearing the “C,” no player will enter training camp with a letter. The Sharks will have no captain and no alternates and have no obvious form of leadership. That means former captain, and now former alternate captain, Patrick Marleau also loses his “A.”
As for who the next captain will be, that’ll be determined later and perhaps not before the start of the season. From Kurz:
“A new captain and leadership group will be determined at some point, but not necessarily before the start of the season. McLellan did not rule out Thornton becoming the captain again, although would seem to be a long shot, as the Sharks plan to give their younger players a bigger stake in the club.”
Thornton losing his letter isn’t a big surprise as McLellan said in late June there was the possibility of that happening.
That said, considering how the team has changed its tune regarding he and Marleau saying they’ll be “part of the solution,” it’s just another thing to add to the list of baffling moves the organization has made in the wake of blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs en route to a seven-game defeat.
If you think this is all head-scratching from the outside, imagine what it’s like being a Sharks fan.