Sharks head coach Todd McLellan apparently would not have been out of work for very long had he hit the open market.
According to a report in the Toronto Sun, at least four NHL teams, one of which is believed to be the Maple Leafs, were interested in hiring McLellan as their head coach. Last Friday, general manager Doug Wilson voiced his support for McLellan, saying he would recommend to team ownership that the six-year coach be retained for 2014-15.
According to the report: “At least four NHL teams, two not necessarily looking to replace their coach, were prepared to make a pitch to McLellan, had he been made available.”
The Maple Leafs are currently coached by Randy Carlyle. NHL coaching vacancies include Washington, Vancouver, Florida and Carolina.
Wilson indicated last week that the blame for the Sharks’ first round defeat, in which they became just the fourth team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 series lead, lies mostly with the players and more specifically the core players.
The wide-ranging interest in McLellan suggests that other teams around the league must feel the same way.