L.A. Kings hire Todd McLellan as new head coach

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2019

Todd McLellan was hired as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, taking over a two-time Stanley Cup-winning franchise that slumped to the NHL's second-worst record this season.

Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reportsthe deal is for five years and is worth around $25 million depending on bonuses.

A news conference is scheduled to be held on Wednesday morning to announce the hiring.

McLellan, who led the Edmonton Oilers to their first 100-point season since 1987 and their only playoff appearance since 2006, was sacked in November after a 9-10-1 start.

The 51-year-old has a career record of 434-282-90 in 806 regular season games behind the bench, and served as head coach of the San Jose Sharks from 2008-09 through 2014-15 before joining the Oilers.

In his 10 full seasons, McLellan's teams missed the playoffs on only three occasions. He also was a candidate for the coaching vacancy in Buffalo.

His 434 wins are 33rd all-time among National Hockey League coaches.

Yes, that is my Captain Obvious statement of the day after the John Stevens hire and the Willie Desjardins debacle.

This is a coaching hire that Kings general manager Rob Blake has to get right.

His team has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs seven times, including six of his first seven seasons with the Sharks.

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