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Todd McLellan | Center

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (46) / 10/3/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 185
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The Sharks promised a culture change this off-season and they could have a new leadership group in place starting with the 2014-15 season.
"We're going to reestablish the hierarchy and the culture in the organization," coach Todd McLellan said. "If it's real evident that [Joe Thornton] is the guy, he'll be the captain. If there's somebody else that assumes that role and is prepared to take it on and is doing a very good job, then they will be. To say we stripped him, no. We've cleaned the slate, and we're going to go forward." San Jose will enter training camp with no captain or assistants and an open competition will take place. Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic are viewed as possible replacements. Aug 20 - 8:10 PM

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Coach Todd McLellan attempted to clarify what GM Doug Wilson meant when he used the term "rebuild" to describe San Jose's off-season philosophy.

"We want to reset the hierarchy and culture in the organization, and that's really where the term rebuild came from. We feel we have a tremendous talent pool. We feel the players that are with our organization are part of the solution and not the problem now. As a staff, we talked about the ability to push and win as much as we can while we get younger, while we adjust the roles a little bit and give some of the younger players more responsibility. The term or the word used like that can be confusing at times. I think a lot of people, especially in the media, immediately went to, 'Well, they're going to trade Thornton and Marleau.' That's not the case. We believe that those two are part of the solution, not part of the problem." Thornton and Marleau were linked to trade rumors after Wilson's comments, but they don't appear to be going anywhere.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 12 - 4:00 PM

The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings will face off as part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

The Sharks will be the home team in their first outdoor contest. It will take place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 21, 2015. "The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California hockey, the intensity of last season's playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi's Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We thank the Sharks, the Kings, Coors Light, the San Francisco 49ers, Levi's Stadium and everyone involved in producing the next episode of our Coors Light NHL Stadium Series."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 6 - 1:25 PM

Sharks GM Doug Wilson said that he still has high expectations for the team in 2013-14 after previously saying that they're committed to a rebuild.

Wilson hasn't been able to change the team's roster in any major way since they collapsed in the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings. Wilson said that when he was talking about rebuilding the team, he was referring more to their culture and hierarchy. "I can understand when people say there are different types of rebuild," he said. "We're not going to finish last to try and draft people first or second. This is not something this franchise can do, because we already have some good players in key positions. You're not going to see us with 50 points next year -- we're too good a team for that."
Jul 11 - 10:12 AM

The San Jose Sharks are the leading candidate to host an outdoor game this season.

The Winter Classic will be held in Washington but the NHL is looking for one more outdoor game and the Sharks seem to be the favorites. The game between San Jose and the Los Angeles Kings on February 21st looks to be the matchup and will likely take place at either AT&T Park in San Francisco or Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
Jun 23 - 8:19 AM

GM Doug Wilson was not happy to hear that an unidentified member of the Sharks said that the team was "co-workers and not teammates".

Wilson wants to re-build the Sharks and that comment should only solidify his plans. "Really, what that means is they really hadn't dug down to be there for each other and commit to what teammates have to do to be successful," Wilson said. "Look at L.A. The things that they did, the game sevens where they just stuck with it, coming back against us, taking care of each other. Ours was somehow lost a little bit. Our players acknowledged it, I've listened to them, our coaches have acknowledged it. That's what I'm talking about when it comes to culture, is being a great teammate and playing the way that we need them to play, not the way that they want to play." It should be an interesting off-season in San Jose.
Jun 21 - 11:21 AM

San Jose Sharks Doug Wilson suggested that his team is in a rebuilding mode.

"I don't think we feel we're close enough with where the other teams are at," Wilson said. "They went through [a rebuild]. They're there. I honestly think we'd be fooling ourselves. The rebuild is committed to. The players that fit for now and the future, their growth is going to be the primary thing. … Remember where we're trying to get to. It's not about here, it's about there." Although Wilson is using the word rebuild, we aren't expecting the Sharks to engage in a fire sale. They might shop Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, but both players have no-movement clauses, so whether or not they leave is up to them.
Jun 18 - 11:09 AM

The San Jose Sharks will reportedly host an outdoor game in 2015.

The success of the outdoor match between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks has opened the door to other contests in non-traditional markets. The Sharks' game is expected to be played at either the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park or the San Francisco 49ers' new home, Levi's Stadium.
Jun 3 - 11:48 AM

San Jose Sharks assistant general manager Joe Will has agreed to a contract extension.

Other organizations apparently approached Will in the hopes of luring him away, but he ultimately decided to stick with the Sharks. "I have an immense sense of loyalty to the Sharks organization and to the people I work with," said Will. "As a charter member of this franchise, San Jose is where I want to be. I think there is some unfinished business here and we are entering an exciting phase of transitioning the club." He also serves as the GM of the AHL Worcester Sharks.
May 28 - 4:55 PM

The San Jose Sharks have decided not to raise season-ticket prices in 2014-15.

This decision is likely in response to them blowing a 3-0 series lead in the first round of the playoffs. It's still noteworthy though as teams have certainly raised ticket prices following bad campaigns in the past.
May 25 - 11:09 AM

The San Jose Sharks probably won't make a big splash in the unrestricted free agent market.

While the Sharks are looking to make significant changes this summer, they also want to get younger. "We will look. We'll explore everything. But, when you’re turning the team over to a younger core, you've got to be careful who you bring in from the outside that ends up superseding them," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. In other words, if big changes are coming to San Jose, it will likely involve trade(s).
May 23 - 11:14 AM

Larry Robinson signed a three-year deal with San Jose on Wednesday.

He will serve as the team's director of player development, but he'll still be an associate coach for the Sharks. "It fits exactly what he's really good at and what our needs are," GM Doug Wilson said. The expanded role will also allow him to spend less time behind the bench and cut back on travel. "I just found that, at my age, those long trips took me a while to bounce back from," Robinson said. "I'm not young like these other three guys that I'm working with."
May 22 - 12:45 PM

The San Jose Sharks might make significant changes this offseason.

"This is a team that's accomplished quite a bit over the last decade, but regular season success has not gotten us to that ultimate playoff success that we all talk about," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "We haven't gotten to that level. We've had [seven] 100-point seasons (since 2003-04), we've had three final four appearances, we've had 20 playoff rounds. That all sounds nice, and the players and coaches deserve credit for that, but we have not gotten to where we need to get to. And, I think to do that, you have to take one step backwards to be in a position to go two steps forward." Wilson wants to see the team get younger and has already announced that they will part ways with defenseman Dan Boyle and forward Marty Havlat. The question now is if they will entertain a serious trade involving the likes of Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau.
May 16 - 11:08 AM

San Jose Sharks owner Hasso Plattner released a statement regarding the San Jose Sharks' historic collapse.

San Jose had a 3-0 series lead over Los Angeles in the first round and went on to become the fourth team in NHL history to blow such an edge. Plattner called the collapse "a major blow to our organization and fan base." He added that he supports Sharks GM Doug Wilson decision to stick with coach Todd McLellan and instead pursue changes to the team's roster. "I want to thank our extremely loyal fans and partners for their continued support and to let them know that we are not satisfied with the status quo of the last several seasons," Plattner added. "I am confident that with the proposed changes, Doug and his staff will build a team we can all be proud of."
May 14 - 6:22 PM

Sharks GM Doug Wilson is recommending that San Jose keeps coach Todd McLellan.

So if McLellan gets fired, then that would suggest that the ownership decided to take matters into their own hands. Of course, it's possible that McLellan will end up getting fired. The Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead in the first round, which wouldn't be demanding if it didn't come after years of disappointing results in the playoffs.
May 2 - 2:54 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Joe Pavelski
4Andrew Desjardins
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Tomas Hertl
3James Sheppard
4Tye McGinn
5Raffi Torres
6Mike Brown
RW1Tommy Wingels
2Tyler Kennedy
3Matthew Nieto
4Adam Burish
5John Scott
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Jason Demers
5Matt Irwin
6Scott Hannan
7Mirco Mueller
G1Antti Niemi
2Alex Stalock