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The San Jose Sharks will hire Detroit assistant Todd McLelland as their new coach, according a report in the San Jose Mercury News.

Of McLelland, the paper writes, “ McLellan, 40, has been an assistant to Babcock for the past three seasons. Before that, McLellan was coach of the Houston Aeros and led that American Hockey League team to the Calder Cup title in 2003.”

Interesting choice. San Jose, considered a more “ready-made” team in terms of winning, hires a coach without NHL coaching experience. Will the Kings continue that trend?

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  • -J

    So being an assistant coach for the best team in hockey for the past 3 seasons (red wings) doesn’t count as NHL coaching experience? ;)

  • -J

    I just re-read my last post and it seemed kinda a-holeish, particulary with all the hard work you’ve done today covering this story Rich- I didn’t mean it that way.

    Thanks for the great coverage.

  • Buck

    Ironically, Crawford would have been a good candidate for this gig.

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