In a seemingly peaceful manner, Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks decided to part ways earlier today.
Well respected coach Mike Babcock had some kind words for T-Mac.
Where will McLellan's next destination be?
CSNBayArea.com writer Ray Ratto has a different take on McLellan's departure.
Let’s start with this. This was not “a mutual parting,” no matter what anyone in the San Jose Sharks organization or Todd McLellan says. He got fired, pure and simple, and the words “mutual” and “parting” are utter nonsense. They always are, and they always will be.
Then let’s move on to this. He deserved better, but was doomed not to have it. The team with one goal became the team with several, and none of them coincided, leaving McLellan standing alone in the middle. In such situations, coaches get smoked, pure and simple.
The only thing that could have neutralized the “C” sectioning was winning early, and that didn’t happen. Suddenly, a team that had known nothing but happy times (until May, anyway) didn’t have the slightest idea of how to deal with adversity, or criticism, or disaffection. And it melted.
Todd McLellan couldn’t save that, and coaches being what and who they are, his departure became the season’s default position.
And McLellan is fully in support of Joe Thornton.
And finally, Fear the Fin analyzes one of McLellan's statements.