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Sharks GM very happy with coaching staff

May 31, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

McLellan and Wilson

If there was any doubt that Sharks head coach Todd McLellan would return for the 2013-14 campaign, Sharks GM Doug Wilson has put it to rest.

Wilson confirmed that McLellan, along with all the coaches that work under him, will be back next season, according to CSN Bay Area.

“I think they’ve done an excellent job. All of the components of it,” Wilson said. “Larry and Jimmy coming in, it makes us a complete staff that not only allows us to play the way we want to play today, it helps the younger players get ready to play. I think they did an excellent job. Very proud of the job they did.”

The Sharks had a roller coaster year, but they did end the regular season on a high note to secure the sixth seed. San Jose then swept the Vancouver Canucks in the first round before coming up just shy against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

On one hand, the Sharks have now made the playoffs for nine straight seasons — five under McLellan — without getting to the Stanley Cup finals. They’ve had teams that appeared to be capable of winning the Cup on paper, but the Sharks were unable to take that next step when Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were in their prime.

Now both players are entering their mid-30s, but younger forwards like Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski seem capable of facilitating a smooth changing of the guard in San Jose. Meanwhile, this coaching staff will continue to chase the Stanley Cup win that’s alluded San Jose since the franchise was founded.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Well that sucks. Was really hoping for a coaching change. Heres to losing in the 1st or 2nd round again.

    • ibieiniid - May 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      really wish that meant we didn’t have to read your comments for the remaining rounds.

  2. comeonnowguys - May 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    You could probably replace “Sharks” in the headline with “Entire Western Conference.”

    • ibieiniid - May 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      idgi. entire western conference GM very happy with coaching staff?

      • comeonnowguys - May 31, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Yeah, that’s awkward. Awkward all over.

        The clumsily-made point being as a non-Shark fan I’m pleased with the news. And if it wasn’t already clear why I don’t draw a paycheck for these gems, here you are. :)

  3. sjsharks66 - May 31, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I really like Tmac I just don’t think the style he wants the Sharks to play will work. Look at Boston and LA. They are both physical teams that are not affraid to throw their body’s around. They were able to do that without being in fear of killing off penalties.
    The sharks PK is amazing right now. (Compared the last years)

    The Sharks need to start using their size. I dont think Tmac wants that though. Neither does Doug Wilson. He wants the good canadian boys who just play grinding hockey. There is nothing wrong with that, it just has not worked with the sharks. Time to switch up the style that they play.

    • mac8neely - May 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      You might like Todd McLellan but, he hasn’t got the job done. How he has lasted this long I don’t know. Yes they have made the playoffs. For the talent they have it’s not enough. If Doug Wilson can’t see he needs to make a change then he should be fired as well. I am a Bruins fan first but I am also a big Joe Thornton fan. Big Joe deserves better. Fresh coach. Fresh start before its to late. I am very disappointed that Wilson’s leaving the situation the same.

      • sjnanoshark - May 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Big joe must be held accountable as well

  4. joelwrobinson - May 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Fire sjsharks66!

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