Another potential destination for the Sharks’ Todd McLellan opened up on Friday, if the 47-year-old coach's future is not in San Jose.
The Philadelphia Flyers became the third NHL team to fire their head coach since the regular season ended, relieving Craig Berube. According to CSNPhilly.com, McLellan is one of three coaches still employed by their current clubs that the Flyers have "their eye on.” Detroit’s Mike Babcock and Boston’s Claude Julien are the others.
The Sabres and Maple Leafs also have coaching vacancies.
McLellan’s status remains hazy, but he said on Wednesday that he expects his future with the Sharks organization to be settled by April 24, when he leaves for the Czech Republic to coach Team Canada in the IIHF World Championships.
Last weekend, immediately after the Sharks concluded their season in Los Angeles, McLellan indicated he had to discuss his future with his family.
“I need a little more time,” McLellan said on Wednesday, as the Sharks cleaned out their lockers. “I'm sure the organization needs a little more time.”
General manager Doug Wilson was also not ready to announce any decision on Wednesday.
"We always have the process where [McLellan] and his staff will sit down and say what did work, what didn't work. Once that is concluded, then Todd and I will sit down," Wilson said.
McLellan has one year remaining on his contract with the Sharks. If he were to take another job while still under contract with San Jose, the Sharks would receive a third round pick as compensation.
In 21 years of coaching at various levels, including seven as the Sharks’ head coach, 2014-15 marked the first season that McLellan has ever been a part of a non-playoff team.