9:12 AM EDT, Sat April 18, 2015

Friday tidbits: NHL Draft Lottery (McDavid Sweepstakes) eve, and McLellan thought to be on Flyers' short list

The NHL draft lottery will take place Saturday at 5 p.m. (Pacific) on NBC, just before the Penguins and Rangers start Game 2 of their playoff series at Madison Square Garden. To me, that's a wasted opportunity. Why not make… Continue Reading →
San Francisco Chronicle 12 hours ago

Flyers fire Berube after 2 seasons

Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall did not ask one player for a review or recommendation at the year-end meetings on head coach Craig Berube. Another empty season without a Stanley Cup fueled by players who failed to meet expectations told Hextall all he needed to know. Dallas signed John Klingberg to a seven-year contract extension after he led NHL rookie defensemen in assists and points this season. The goals, assists and points were all single-season Stars records for a rookie defenseman. Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba gave visiting Minnesota a two-goal lead through two periods and...

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Philadelphia Flyers fire Craig Berube, reportedly have their eye on Todd McLellan

The Philadelphia Flyers fired Craig Berube as their coach on Friday, and now have their eye Detroit's Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan or Boston's Claude Julien to become their next coach -- should any of the three become available -- according… Continue Reading →

Keith’s goal in 2nd OT finishes Blackhawks’ rally

Duncan Keith scored at 7:49 of the second overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from a three-goal deficit after the first period in beating the host Nashville Predators 4-3 on Wednesday in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series. The Blackhawks grabbed home-ice advantage back despite benching goalie Corey Crawford after the first period. Scott Darling stopped every subsequent shot, making 42 saves in his postseason debut as Nashville took a franchise-record 54 shots. Patrick Kane added two assists in his return after missing 21 games with a broken collarbone. Defenseman...

Wilson: 'When you go through that type of transition plan there's often some pain and the pain is sitting here, not going to playoffs'

SAN JOSE -- The Sharks did all they could to make their earliest locker clean-out in a decade no different than any of the last 10 seasons when they did make the playoffs. No major announcements (OK, I admit I… Continue Reading →

Sharks clean-out day: Some links -- A Thornton-McLellan issue? Couture says culture 'not great' and Niemi starts to ponder future

The Todd McLellan era in San Jose isn't over. Not yet, anyway. McLellan said Wednesday that he needs a little more time to decide what he wants to do going forward. Before McLellan spoke to the media, though, Joe Thornton,… Continue Reading →
San Jose Mercury News Apr 15, 2015

Sharks' Couture: Coaching change not needed, but team culture 'not great'

Logan Couture remains behind San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan, but said overall culture of organization could be stand to improve

Sharks coach McLellan has players support, but future uncertain

For now, the Sharks locker room still belongs to coach Todd McLellan. The team’s postseason struggles came to a head last season when San Jose became just the fourth team in NHL history to lose a seven-game playoff series after taking a 3-0 lead, falling to the Los Angeles Kings, who went on to win the Stanley Cup. For McLellan, the human cost of a career in hockey has made his decision a heavy one.

Beauchemin, Lindholm anchor Ducks’ defense

Days before he turned 21 in January, Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm got caught up in the excitement of a game in which he scored a goal and contributed an assist. Lindholm bashed into the opponent, but then noticed suddenly that the Devils’ penalty minutes leader Jordin Tootoo — whose glare could’ve won him a role in “The Sopranos” — was bearing down for some retribution. Beauchemin, named an alternate captain for his 12th NHL season, led the Ducks with average ice time of 22 minutes 44 seconds. Despite missing 18 games because of a fractured finger and mumps, he blocked 107...
San Jose Mercury News Apr 15, 2015

Sharks' Niemi would like to be back next season

Antti Niemi would like to be back with the San Jose Sharks next season but realizes that his time in San Jose might be coming to an end
San Jose Mercury News Apr 15, 2015

This time Joe Thornton takes jabs at Sharks coach Todd McLellan

In pondering his future with Sharks, McLellan had said he wanted to discuss matter wiht his family; 'Maybe he should talk to this family as well in here,' Thornton says.
San Jose Mercury News Apr 15, 2015

Sharks have no decision on Todd McLellan

Todd McLellan is still coach of the San Jose Sharks and expects a decision on his future by April 24.
San Jose Mercury News Apr 15, 2015

Todd McLellan and Sharks: The future is Wednesday

Another mutual parting, such as the one between Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers, could be coming for Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks.

Ducks could be in for surprise from Jets

Because the Sharks took care of their annual postseason disappointment by not even making the field this spring, it’s time for someone else to take the role of playoff underachiever. The Ducks will find Winnipeg supporters at their crazy best when the Stanley Cup playoffs return to Manitoba for the first time since 1996. The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is often the best because there are eight series, and games every night. Normally this would be a marquee matchup, but the way Pittsburgh finished (4-9-2) and the fact that New York has goalie Henrik Lundqvist back makes...

End to McLellan's time with Sharks could come Wednesday -- and don't be surprised if it's a legit "mutual agreement" rather than a conventional firing

SAN JOSE -- Nobody should be surprised if coach Todd McLellan's tenure behind the Sharks bench ends Wednesday. But don't necessarily expect a conventional firing. Signs indicate that a mutually agreed upon parting of the ways is more likely with… Continue Reading →

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