After seven seasons of great regular-season success and playoff disappointments, Coach Todd McLellan and the
The Sharks announced Monday that they had agreed to part ways with the winningest coach in franchise history after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
With the Sharks committed to a youth movement and McLellan having just one year on his contract, the two sides agreed it was time to make a change.
"This team is clearly in a rebuild," McLellan said. "With one year left, heading forward I had to analyze where everything was going. I felt with some of the answers I got that it was time."
McLellan had a 311-163-66 regular-season record with the Sharks, the third best in the league since he took over before the 2008-09 season. But San Jose finished 12th out of 14 teams in the Western Conference this season and missed the postseason, leading to the change.