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McLellan joins Tortorella, Julien as 2012 All-Star Game coaches

Jan 10, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

Todd McLellan AP

For pure entertainment value, it would probably be most fun to watch Claude Julien vs. Alain Vigneault as this year’s All-Star Game coaches. (Then again in that case, it might be best to replace “fun” with “awkward and contentious.”)

Julien already gets an automatic spot thanks to that 2011 Stanley Cup victory, but his rival won’t be at the event thanks to a close loss tonight. The Florida Panthers’ scrappy 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks placed San Jose Sharks’ bench boss Todd McLellan on the West side for the 2012 All-Star Game while John Tortorella already wrapped up the other spot on Friday.

It might be strange that McLellan is in this spot since there are four West teams with more standings points, but the role is determined by winning percentage instead. (Otherwise it would be unfair to coaches whose teams played less games at the deadline, such as McLellan’s Sharks.)

Julien and his Bruins assistants will take on McLellan and Tortorella in the All-Star Game, with the rosters being determined once again by fantasy drafts. The full rosters should be announced on Thursday, while the team captains are likely to be named quite a bit later.

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    What. That incompetent has the highest win percentage in the West? How?

  2. finfan88shark - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    I think the picture of McLellan is a accurate account of McLellan’s coaching ability. The fact that he is coaching an all-star team is a joke. Although the fact that no hitting ever takes place during the ASG and the fact that no goal tending is done fits in well with McLellan’s coaching philosophy of shoot the puck from anywhere and hope like hell it goes in. The guy has no clue how to coach a PK or PP and is a poor leader and motivator of players. He’s lack and is unable to make in game adjustments. Besides that he is boring as hell. Expect to see him adjust his tie about 1000 times a game, and then when the West loses he will blame the players for HIS failure to coach properly.

  3. bcjim - Jan 10, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Horrible hairstyle too.

  4. east96st - Jan 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    WHAT?!? No Scott Arniel?!? This is an outrage!

    Sorry, self-deprecating humor is all Jackets fans have left.

  5. ballistictrajectory - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    RE: Claude Julien vs. Alain Vigneault:,/bold> I can imagine them rolling around in the dirt outside the venue.

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