SAN JOSE Todd McLellan made his first public appearance since suffering a concussion on the bench last Sunday during the Sharks annual team photo, and stayed on the ice for the ensuing practice at HP Pavilion on Friday.
He was not made available to the attending media afterwards, per general manager Doug Wilson, despite the fact he was barking out orders on the ice and diagramming drills on the white board.
McLellans status for Saturdays home game against St. Louis remains uncertain.
Assistant coach Jay Woodcroft spoke about McLellans return.
It was a positive sign, first off, to have our leader back on the ice, Woodcroft said. Its a step in the process, and thats all it is right now, a step in the process. Well move forward under the plan of him just trying to get better every day, and well go from there.
McLellan collapsed behind the bench early in the second period of Sundays loss in Minnesota, after getting inadvertently hit in the head by the stick of Wild defenseman Marco Scandella.