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McLellan suffered through concussion for final months of the season

Jun 23, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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As you might recall, Sharks coach Todd McLellan was struck by a player’s stick on Feb. 26. He went to the locker room and was later diagnosed with a concussion. He was back behind the bench on March 6, but that wasn’t the end of the story.

“That was tough for me because I lived the concussion part of it for the rest of the season. I had headaches, and lived on Tylenol for the most part,” McLellan told Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea. “I went for a physical at the end of the year, and obviously had to make some changes to get healthier and to help that process. I’ve done that now over the summer, and I feel pretty good and ready to go.”

McLellan lost weight and was able to get more rest once the Sharks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. That helped him get to a point he didn’t need to live on Tylenol.

Still, he insists the concussion didn’t affect his job.

Although there was some initial speculation that McLellan might be replaced over the summer, he will return for the 2012-13 season.

  1. polegojim - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Must have been his excuse and reason he got another year.

    “Seriously Mr. GM, if I was thinking more clearly, I would’ve coached the team to WIN the cup!!!”

  2. sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    PolegoJim: You’re a complete idiot. The guy has more wins in his first four seasons than any coach in NHL history and has gone to the Western Conference Finals twice. And he was suffering from a severe concussion. Grow up, douchebag.

    • polegojim - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      Children Children… Let’s see, you toss insults and name calling like a 5th grader…. and you ask ME to grow up? Tsk Tsk Tsk. You deserve a time out young man, nose in the corner now.

      If you read more frequently, you would have noted on many occassions, my respect for Todd. He learned how to coach under Mike Babcock… Detroit Red Wings – – hellooooo. I have great respect for the man…DUH.

      I was using ‘satire’, not disrepect, to prove a point.

      My point was and is: How many millions do you invest in a horse that doesn’t even ‘place’? I believe he needed more time under Babcock to be ready OR the Sharks roster is failing him, not having the balls to actually finish a season. I believe the latter, but either way, it was time for a change, and NOTHING happened.

      • sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        Nice try: don’t see the satire in what you wrote. As for “reading you more frequently,” please excuse me for not caring enough about what you have to say to pay attention to what you’ve written in the past.

        You’re just another one of the spoiled, crybaby fans of this team who view what this team has done the past few years as a mass failure. “I WANT MY STANLEY CUP! DAAAAAAAAAAAD, GIVE ME MY STANNNNNNNLEY CUPPPPPPPPPP! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” McClellan is a great coach — it’s the roster that needs a little making over.

        Again, the post talks about something tough the man went through physically over a period of months. Have a little respect.

      • polegojim - Jun 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        You are excused.

  3. jrmehle - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    How long before the league requires coaches to wear helmets on the bench?

  4. sjsharks66 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Dangerous freak accident. Be respectful you asshole.

    • polegojim - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      Please see above

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Get a clue you fool. McLellan is a terrible coach. The guy overworked the goaltenders, plays dumb matchups, continuously juggles the lines, protects the beach lounging mentality of Marleau and company, plays a loser perimeter game, and constantly worries about adjusting his suit before anything else.

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      Another moron heard from. Two WCF appearances and the best record all time for a coach in his first four seasons. “Terrible,” huh? Go sell crazy somewhere else, you idiot.

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