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Joe Thornton hopes Sharks keep Todd McLellan around

May 14, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks have been labelled – sometimes fairly, sometimes not so much – as a team that “can’t get it done” in the playoffs. The difference with the 2011-12 campaign is that they weren’t particularly effective in the regular season, either. Even so, many pundits believe that the franchise would be foolish to part ways with head coach Todd McLellan.

Sharks captain Joe Thornton told’s Kevin Kurz that he wants – and expects – McLellan to be back.

“He’s a great coach, and the guys love playing for him,” Thornton said. “Ultimately it’s up to [general manager Doug Wilson] and the ownership to make that call. As the captain, he’s a darn good coach.”

For the most part, the Sharks’ salary structure dictates that its current core will probably lead the way for at least the next season or through 2013-14. The instinct might be to blow everything up, but Thornton makes a good point about the deep and talented Western Conference.

“The parity is just so great,” Thornton said. “It sucks that we’re watching right now, but it’s tough to get in every year and go to the Western Conference finals. You kind of realize how hard it is to get there back-to-back years.”

“We had a lot of good teams in our conference this year, and the eight teams that made it in – number eight (Los Angeles) is still in it right now. It’s just so competitive.”

Thornton and many others would argue that McLellan gives them the best chance to remain competitive. Do you agree?

  1. sjsharksfan11 - May 14, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Of course he wants him to stay so he can continue to do what he pleases and not be accountable for anything. Mclellan, Thornton, and Marleau are a joke. Until they are gone the Sharks will never win a Cup.

  2. finfan88shark - May 14, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Agreed Joe loves the country club that McLellan runs. Why would he not support him.

  3. danphipps01 - May 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    “As the captain,” you leave rather a lot to be desired, Joe. Almost as much to be desired as your coach.

  4. sjsharks66 - May 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I’m sorry, did you say we need to get rid of joe? Are you high!? He was our best player all year long! I agree that patty needs to leave, he is invisible in playoffs and makes way too much money for what he is producing during the season.

    Should we get rid of tmac? Yes I think so. Also we need a new special teams coach.
    Our main priority is to get rid of Boyle, patty, Murray , Mitchell and handzus.
    We need better defense an Boyle doesn’t cut it. Mitchell is garbage. Murray is slow. Handzus looks lost every game.

    But joe Thornton is not our problem at all.

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