All signs point to good times in Oilers nation. First the lottery win, then Chiarelli on a chariot and now Todd McLellan is apparently close to being named coach (as soon as these damn endless WHC’s end. Good LORD it’s a long tournament). Brady & Walker radio show had Elliotte Friedman as guest and it was Friedman who revealed more of the story he broke on the weekend:
- Friedman: “If Todd McLellan is the coach, and I think he will be, you don’t want to make the announcement while he’s coaching in Prague. You want to do it when he’s back in Edmonton. Look, there are people who are a lot more knowledgeable than I am who think that the deal is going to get done. So that’s kind of what I base it on. I think it’s going to get done barring a major collapse.” Source
Now. You’re going to hear a lot about McLellan not getting it done in San Jose, but I’m hear to tell you that team was strong strong strong every year McLellan had the helm until this one (and it was a good year through January in 2014-15). Todd McLellan is bona fide. This is a good day. We can discuss a lot of things, but I don’t for one minute believe Peter Chiarelli OR Todd McLellan are Oilers without the lottery win and that’s for sure.
- Fear the Fin: The Pressured Breakout.
- Fear the Fin: The Defensive Zone Faceoff Win.
- Fear the Fin: Offensive Zone Forecheck
- Todd McLellan’s coaching record, which includes deep spring runs in three seasons.
- The 2013-14 season, including the Sharks being up 3-0 in games against LAK, before Vlasic’s injury changed the series.
This is a quality NHL coach. Todd McLellan lost his job because of that LAK series, but only after his GM absolutely lost his mind and performed a lobotomy on his own team. That’s all gone now, and apparently the Edmonton Oilers have fallen ass over tea kettle into luck again this spring. McLellan’s family is in San Jose long term and Edmonton isn’t that far away.
The talent is here, it has been for some time and Connor McDavid just adds to the talent mountain. The Oilers needed an experienced, creative and talented GM and a veteran coach who can innovate, run a power play and kick some ass in the hell that is the Western Conference.