The San Jose Sharks have been among the NHL’s best teams for years, but they have been unable to cash in on their success. This season was no different. They were picked by many people to win the Stanley Cup, only to fall on their faces and lose to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games.
There has been some speculation that Sharks GM Doug Wilson would finally clean house, and rebuild his team’s coaching staff. Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News Tweeted several items showing support from Wilson. This Tweet was found on Pro Hockey Talk yesterday afternoon, and while it shows support from Wilson, ownership may not feel the same way.
Wilson also said his recommendation to ownership will be to retain McLellan and his staff. So that was news. Interesting way to put it, tho.
— Mark Purdy (@MercPurdy) May 2, 2014
Fans of the Sharks must be getting sick of the same old results, and some are looking for big changes, but I’m not sure they will get their wish.
The Sharks have locked up their star players, and they may be a top-notch goaltender away from finally getting over the hurdle.
From an outside point of view, I’m envious of the Sharks’ regular season success, but watching them implode year after year is the very definition of insanity. The San Jose Sharks are in need of a makeover, and it’s not going to be the players. Granted, players like Joe Thornton and Antti Niemi no-showed during this year’s playoffs.
Head coach Todd McLellan has been behind the Sharks bench for six years, reaching the Western Conference Finals twice (2009-2010, 2010-2011). His team has been bounced from the first round three times, and the second round once. I guess if making the playoffs is your only goal, then by all means keep McLellan. But, keep in mind it was Albert Einstein that said “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” is the very definition of insanity.