Any talk about the San Jose Sharks firing Todd McLellan is nothing but a mute point now.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Sharks have extended the contract of their head coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, as the Sharks do not usually make these things public.
The Sharks have made the playoffs every year during McLellan’s five-year tenure at the helm. However, he has failed to lead his team to a Stanley Cup victory, which put him on the hot seat for quite a while.
McLellan has a 220-108-48 record with the Sharks since coming over from Detroit, where he was an assistant for the Red Wings until 2008. He is the winningest coach in the history of the Sharks, surpassing Ron Wilson, his predecessor.
Every year, it seems like the Sharks are a lock to advance to the postseason, but every year, they stop just short of Lord Stanley’s Cup. While that is something that needs to change, it is not a reason to do something as drastic as firing the head coach.
McLellan has done a superb job of keeping this team in annual contention, and I guarantee that if he was fired, there would be GMs across the league instantly dialing his number.