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McLellan returns to Sharks practice, status for Saturday unclear

Mar 2, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

There was a positive sight at Sharks practice Friday as head coach Todd McLellan returned to the ice.

McLellan, 44, hasn’t been with the team since Sunday’s game against Minnesota, where he was struck by a Wild player’s stick, collapsed and later diagnosed with a concussion.

The San Jose Mercury News reports McLellan “was on the ice, barking orders at his players, calling them over to the white board for instruction, basically doing what he usually does at practice.”

Sharks GM Doug Wilson said McLellan’s participation was only part of the club’s post-concussion protocol, and that further medical testing would still be required. Once the results of those exams were made available, McLellan’s availability would be determined for Saturday’s home date against the St. Louis Blues — as such, the coach was not made available to the media following today’s skate.

The Sharks have played twice in McLellan’s absence, finding themselves on opposite ends of 1-0 scores. San Jose defeated Philadelphia on Tuesday but lost to Buffalo on Thursday, both under the guidance of interim head coach Jay Woodcroft.

  1. joethorntonisclutch - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Hoping for a quick recovery… the Sharks have had enough guys out with injury without including the coach as well.

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    This is not a positive sight. This guy needs to be fired ASAP with Doug Wilson. The team has failed every year. It’s time for real change or things will stand pat. The team is starting to look as bad as they were in the 90’s…..

    • bensawesomeness - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:15 AM

      y

      • bensawesomeness - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:17 AM

        really guys – edit button.

        but you’re an idiot – McLellan lead the Sharks to back to back Western Conference finals, and they’re still in the hunt this year

        everybody has down times, calm down. you’re no Columbus

    • AlohaMrHand - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      And bring in who?Scotty Bowman?Mike Keenan?McClelland has been a solid coach.This years team has been beat up for a good part of the season.

      • finfan88shark - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        McLellan (correct spellings), could not coach is way out of a paper bag. AlohaMrHand, you are drinking too much koolaid if you think McLellan (correct spelling) is a solid coach. And trying to bring injuries into the fact that the team is unmotivated and underachieving is a funny as heck. Just ask the Pittsburgh Crybabies about injuries. Seems they get the job done, why would that be? Every team has injuries and every team is beat up, yet you blame that as a reason for the team’s failure? LOL!

        Time to drink down another gallon of Sharkaid.

  3. finfan88shark - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Better coaches then McLellan and who to replace him with?

    Randy Carlyle (Now gone to Toronto), hands down a top 2 coach in the NHL. Just schooled Todd McLellan in the team’s only playoff series.

    Craig MacTavish, just schooled Todd McLellan in the teams only playoff series vs Edmonton.

    There are two right off the top of my head. But lazy Shark fans are just happy the team makes the playoffs, and maybe SOMEDAY we will GET LUCKY and win in the playoffs. LOL! Always excuses, we got beat up (and no other teams do), we almost did it, we hit a post. It was 1 or 2 players (Not named Marleau or Thornton of course) who’s fault it was. So what will the excuse be this year for the team failing to get past the 3rd round. Heck at this point they will be lucky to make the playoffs. But I guess there is a built in excuse for that too right.

    Injuries, oh yeah or GM traded for guys who have injury histories, yeah just bad luck I guess. I am embarrassed by Sharks fans who just won’t see the truth.

    • AlohaMrHand - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Pittsburgh got the job done?Just like last year when Tampa Bay knocked them out?Yup great observation there.

  4. finfan88shark - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Just curious do you hear Pittsburgh complaining about injuries? And just curious when have the Sharks ever gotten the job done? Finally so what you are saying is the Sharks are the only team ever to suffer injuries in the playoffs? Really, maybe you need to look at the post season injury reports of teams that actually accomplished something.

  5. finfan88shark - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    And it is fans like you who are hurting the Sharks organization. You continue to accept excuses, instead of results. In your mind winning the Stanley Cup is all about faith and luck, and not about accountability. And this is why the ownership of the Sharks is satisfied with just filling the arena every night. Because you as a fan don’t hold the organization accountable for their mistakes.

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