April 10, 2019 | 9:20am ET
McLELLAN SET TO BECOME KINGS HEAD COACH
The Los Angeles Kings appear to have found their next head coach, as TFP Sr. Writer Dennis Bernstein reports Todd McLellan has agreed in principle to a five-year contract with the team.
McLellan, 51, spent seven seasons as head coach of the San Jose Sharks (2010-11 through 2014-15), followed by the next three seasons as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.
He replaces Willie Desjardins, who became Kings interim head coach on Nov. 4, 2018 after taking over for John Stevens. TFP first reported on Sunday that Desjardins would not be brought back.
BREAKING: Barring a last-minute snag, Todd McLellan is on track to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Kings.— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) April 10, 2019
Official announcement could come as early as today.
My understanding is McLellan has accepted the role in principle, final touches are being put on a 5-year deal.
The Kings had expressed interest in McLellan for some time, receiving permission from the Oilers to speak with him some time ago. The Buffalo Sabres also had significant interest in McLellan.
McLellan’s hiring is expected to be formalized after the two sides finalize the bonus structure of the contract and could be officially announced as early as today.
In 806 career regular-season games behind San Jose and Edmonton’s benches, McLellan has compiled an 806-434-90 record. He led the Sharks to back-to-back Western Conference Finals in 2009-10 and 2010-11, and guided the Oilers to the second-round of the playoffs in 2016-17 – it’s the only time in the last 13 seasons the Oilers have made the post-season.