Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Odds are McLellan will stay with Sharks
By Pierre LeBrun
The San Jose Sharks announced Wednesday that their GM Doug Wilson would remain in place, but what about the head coach?
No word yet on that front, but my guess is that Todd McLellan will remain behind the bench for the Sharks.
McLellan has two more years on his deal. For my money, he’s one of the better coaches in the NHL, and if the Sharks decided to part ways, he would not be out of work very long. But I think he’ll be staying put.
Meanwhile, in Vancouver, still no word regarding Alain Vigneault. My read on it: GM Mike Gillis wants Vigneault back as head coach but ownership has yet to weigh in.
Certainly, if the Canucks decided to fire Vigneault, you better bet new Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would be all over him.
I believe Marc Crawford will also be in the mix for the Habs coaching job, and my TSN colleague Darren Dreger reports that Bob Hartley and Michel Therrien are also on the radar.
It’s not quite done yet but a source told ESPN.com Wednesday that the sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group headed by minority owner Tom Stillman is "very close."
Once the deal is finally approved by the board of governors, it will be a parting of the ways between current chairman Dave Checketts and the Blues.
I had a chance to meet Stillman in the first round. I found him to be a real engaging guy who is passionate about the team and the sport in general. I think the Blues are going to be in good hands with Stillman, who came on board as a minority owner in March 2007.
The team has been for sale for 14 months, which has made things difficult on the front office. The Blues couldn’t add a dime to their payroll at the trade deadline, for example. And they’ve got players who need new deals this summer. T.J. Oshie and David Perron are restricted free agents and defenseman Barret Jackman is an unrestricted free agent.