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Oddsmaker: Trotz, McLellan favored as next Canucks coach

May 2, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

Todd McLellan

Per online oddsmaker Bovada, ex-Nashville head coach Barry Trotz and current San Jose bench boss are the favorites to land Vancouver’s coaching gig, which became available yesterday after the firing of John Tortorella.

Trotz — also favored to land the vacant Washington gig — and McLellan are both at 11/4, according to Bovada. The rest of the list is as follows:

John Stevens                            15/4

Kevin Dineen                             15/4

Marc Crawford                          5/1

Brad Shaw                                5/1

Guy Boucher                             15/2

Stevens, currently an assistant with Los Angeles, was thought to be a leading candidate for the Vancouver job last summer, before it eventually went to Tortorella. Crawford is a former Canucks coach (1998-2006) who set all sorts of coaching records that were eventually eclipsed by Alain Vigneault.

Shaw, currently an assistant in St. Louis, had a brief stint as the head coach on Long Island but does have some ties to British Columbia — his son, Brady, spent four years playing Junior A in B.C. before transferring to the University of Vermont last season.

Dineen and Boucher have the most recent NHL head coaching experience, having been dismissed from Florida and Tampa Bay. Dineen is currently tied to Hockey Canada’s U-18 men’s team while Boucher is coaching in Switzerland.

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Poll: Should the Sharks fire McLellan?

  1. sjsharks66 - May 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    That’s if the Sharks fire Tmac…

    • sjsblitz - May 2, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      They wont, and thats the smart thing. Cant make the wrong mistake and end up going down like the Nucks did…and he just renewed his contract this year

    • charlieconway96 - May 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Exactly, unless Linden has some insider information that we don’t, I don’t see your coach going anywhere. I agree with a lot of the articles I’ve seen that suggest they let go of a few older guys and buff up the blue line before they dump the coach.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - May 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Which they won’t, because Wilson is a decent GM

  2. sharksman - May 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    After I have calmed down and can breath again
    Tmac is not getting fired
    There will be some surprises in the players and woodcroft will be let go but I think tmac stays

    • faulkingallstar - May 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Something has got change with the sharks core if tmac isn’t fired, I mean enough is enough. There has to be consequences this time around for the team.

      • sharksman - May 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        I concur
        but exactly what will happen who knows
        Players that are gone
        Boyle
        Burish
        Kennedy
        Hannan
        Havlet !!! cant say this enough
        Desijardins
        will this be enough , I hope so
        They need to bring in a guy to get this team going
        as much as I don’t like Roenick now , I feel they need someone like him
        Someone that will push everyone because they didn’t have that this year
        you know Patrick will never be that guy
        Joe is too laid back
        and Logan just isn’t old enough
        Pavelski is too passive
        They need grit
        I don’t think it will take much but they need something
        You also have to weigh in on the assistant coaches because robinson has never said he would come back necxt year so that would leave a big hole
        I think woodcroft has to go just because who in the hell would listen to him when he looks like he should still be in high school
        and he is in charge of the power play
        so right there you have 2 new coaches and a few roster moves and maybe you can change the whole dynamic
        also don’t know how hertl and raffi are feeling , did they play hurt ? were they ready ?
        would it have been different had they layed more at the end of the year ?
        That’s what I think will happen but we will see

  3. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 2, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Realistically speaking, is this more of a coaching issue or more of a roster issue?

    34 isn’t approaching retirement but the Sedin twins aren’t getting any younger.

    Any canucks fans care to way in?

    Do you guys think they’re close to winning a Cup and all they have to do is add a couple pieces around the Twins with a solid coach?

    Or are they just in band aid mode and not addressing the real problems?

    I’m curious what you guys think.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - May 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I think the core should stay, this is rock bottom for SJ. Never seen Thornton, Boyle or Marleau look so devastated. This loss might be what they needed to get fired up next year round. Look at. Boston after they got reversed sweeped, they won the Stanley Cup. Jumbo and Marleau deserve better, they have to stay.

    As far as changes, IMO, shake up the D corp, Stuart, Hannan, Demers and Irwin can all go, get another top 4 d man or a decent puck moving defensman to replace Boyle if he goes, which he probably should, he is slow now.

    Niemi 100% needs to go! he is washed up and has proven he has completely lost his game. People who don’t watch the Sharks much are calling for TMac’s head because they don’t watch the Sharks enough to know how bad Niemi has been this year, people still think he is that Vezina finalist from last year, he is not.

    Havlat, Burish to be bought out, could do with another depth bottom 6 guy.

    Other than that, this group has proven they ARE talented enough to win the cup, they just need to find it in them selves to mentally get though adversity, which hopefully this first round exit may have taught them.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    No way dude! Irwin is solid. I have a love hate with Demers. Sometimes he is on fire and I love his energy but then he screws up a lot. As for Scott H and Stuart…yeah ditch them, along with Boyle. Those are the 3 D men that have to go. I will be sad if Boyle leaves but he is getting old and it is showing. He has the heart but I think his hockey career is slowly coming to an end. Hope he can retire his number to the Shark’s though!

  6. sharksfan754 - May 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Kevin Kurz just tweeted Wilson (GM) is recommending to ownership that the coaching staff stay intact

  7. tundra67 - May 2, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Said yesterday, and agree with posters above, that on defense Boyle, Hannan, and probably Stuart all have to go. Play Irwin more, and let him keep growing. Demers took a good step forward this year vs. last year. Both these guys are inconsistent (and therefore frustrating at points), but have talent and can probably go up another level or two with consistent/good coaching. Add one quality defenseman with enough grit, and maybe a 5th-6th kind of guy in the offseason. Bring up Mueller …

    Even if they were not keeping TMac, they’d better keep Larry Robinson and Jim Johnson. Firing those two would be really dumb. PK went from horrible last year to above average (or slightly better) in very short order. Also see positive effect on and advancement of their younger Dmen, above.

    The PP was below average (19th-sh) all year, and terrible in crunch time vs. the Kings. A bunch of the malaise can probably be put on Boyle’s decline in play and on Thornton’s maddening tendency to stay out of the dirty areas. But coaching had to be a big part of the problem as well. So yes, drop the hammer on Woodcroft …
    Much like getting rid of Havlat and a couple of the tail-enders >> It can only help.

  8. hockeygod1 - May 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Brad Shaw? Brad Shaw? Seriously? I worked with him in Tampa and he’s a joke! If he gets a shot someone’s clueless

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