Oilers to name Todd McLellan new head coach

Todd McLellan will be the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, with a formal announcement from the organization expected sometime this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

It’s been a nice run of late for the beleaguered franchise who recently added former Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, not to mention winning the right to choose Connor McDavid with the first overall selection of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

McLellan, 47, spent the past seven seasons as the head coach of the San Jose Sharks, but was unable to help a good team claim their first Stanley Cup.

A former Mike Babcock assistant coach in Detroit, the Melville, Sask., native has a coaching record of 311-163-66 with the Sharks, including three division titles and a Presidents’ Trophy in 2008-09.

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The HockeyFanLand Insight:

I am an Edmonton Oilers fan, and my organization has been at the top of list when it comes to latest NHL news and rumors. when it comes to coaching the Oilers have been quite the carousel. However, with the potential hiring of Todd McLellan and the rest of the brass from hockey Canada I think the Edmonton Oilers finally have a respectable manager group for the first time in my life. That is a 27 year span for those of you wondering…

I’m not going to say this team is going to win the Stanley Cup next year, they might not even make the playoffs. But at least for the first time ever I will not blame the management for the fate of this team.  Who knows if  general manager Peter Chiarelli approaches players the same way that he has approached getting the new coach that team could very well do a full 360 within the year.

if it isn’t apparent. I am very excited about the direction of my organization real change is finally being made. Todd McLellan is the type of coach I would have originally hired. His regular-season numbers are off the charts. His playoff numbers with San Jose, were notoriously bad. However, at this stage, the Oilers just need to get used to having any type of success, and then, hopefully there will be natural progression to the playoffs…